Although Bozeman Airport may be the busiest airport in Montana, it is still small in comparison to any major city airport. Ground transportation to either a friends house, Yellowstone, or to Big Sky is limited to a few options:
Bozeman taxi services:
There is not a ‘Taxi Line’ at the airport so you must arrange in advance through the Taxi company.
Our favorite taxi service is VexiRide. They have clean, well cared for caravans and their drivers are professional(non-smoking).
UBER is also now operational in Montana. Their BZN service is typically pretty good. Lyft has been rumored to start operations here, but we have not seen any of their cars yet.
The traditional “taxi” services still exist but may be less reliable than the options listed above.
Bozeman and Belgrade hotel shuttles:
Many of the hotels offer a free airport shuttle. This can be useful if you have very late arrivals or early departures. We highly recommend verifying when your hotel’s shuttle is running and that it is still free of charge.
The Holiday Inn Express Belgrade, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Bozeman, Best Western Gran Tree, La Quinta Bozeman, among others, have a free, reliable shuttle. Very few of the less expensive Motels offer shuttle service.
Private limo services:
Classic Limo is the big company in town. They provide AWD Lincoln Towncars, Suburbans, a Mercedes 4wd Sprinter, and a Tesla with their logo on it. They are reliable, professional, and seem to have a quality fleet.
Shuttle to Big Sky and Taxi offers transportation services from the Bozeman airport to Big Sky. Private, one-way service to Big Sky starts at $200+. They seem to be running the standard black Suburbans with snow tires and roof boxes. Shared services, if available, are more affordable.
Big Sky Shuttle, the ‘Luxury” company, is $235 each way in a GMC Yukon XL or Nissan 4×4 van.
Bozeman airport car rentals:
Car rental agencies at the airport
There are rental car franchises at the airport as well as some off-airport rental car companies. It is worth noting that the Bozeman airport has the highest concession fees on rental cars in the state of Montana. By taking a taxi to an off-airport rental car company, you will save 10% of your total vehicle rental cost.
Renting cars from the Bozeman airport is often the most cost-effective solution. The major US rental car companies(Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Thrifty) have on-airport locations at BZN.
During peak times, expect lines at the counter for vehicle pick-ups. In the winter, expect an icy parking lot. Unless you are visiting during the slow season(April, May, October, November) It would be wise to book in advance.
Prices of 4wd vehicles at these franchise vendors can be extraordinary. It is not uncommon for a ‘Premium SUV’ to be $350+/ day. Even at this price, many renters can’t be guaranteed a 4wd vehicle.
Car rental agencies outside of the airport
Explore Rentals is in immediate proximity to BZN(1.2 miles) and offers Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Suburban, and Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4×4 rentals. We have the best reviews out there.
Toyota Rent-a-Car is located 12-miles from the airport and offers all new models of Toyotas to rent.
Journey Rent A Car rents Suburbans and economy cars and is located 9-miles from BZN.
Please note that the off-airport rental car companies are required to charge the 10% concession fee if they pick you up at the airport. In order to save the concession fee, you must take a taxi to the rental company.
Shuttle and bus services:
Karst Stage offers an airport shuttle service from the Bozeman airport to:
- Big Sky at $50 a person
- West Yellowstone at $100 a person
- Mammoth Hot Springs at $157 a person
They also offer private shuttles. View their schedule for 2013 here. A private van to Big Sky is $450 per round trip and a private SUV to Big Sky is $538 for a round trip.