How to Get to Yellowstone National Park

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The first step in planning any visit to Yellowstone National Park is deciding how you are going to get there.  Very few people are lucky enough to live within a four-hour drive of Yellowstone National Park.  This makes it hard but not impossible to take a weekend trip to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone isn’t the easiest of the National Parks to visit.  But we are going to breakdown all your option for how to get to Yellowstone National Park.

Best way to get to Yellowstone National Park

Flying to Yellowstone

Flying to Yellowstone National Park and then renting a car is the best way to visit the Yellowstone National Park.  Yellowstone’s location is a little remote but there is a range of regional airports located near the park.  All the airports have rental cars available and make access to the park easy and time efficient.

Airports Near Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Airport

Yellowstone Airport (WYS) is a seasonal airport one mile from downtown West Yellowstone, Montana.  The airport is open from June to September.  Delta Airlines and their partner  SkyWest Airlines operates flights from Salt Lake City.  Yellowstone Airport is the closest airport to Yellowstone National Park.

Distance from park entrance – 3 miles

Yellowstone Regional Airport

Yellowstone Airport (COD) is not to be confused with the Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone.  Yellowstone Regional Airport is located in Cody, Wyoming on the west side of the park.  The airport is the closest airport to Yellowstone that is open year round.  That being said, the east entrances of the park are closed during winter.  So this airport only provides access to the park from late spring to mid-fall.  Delta and United offer daily flights from their regional hubs. 

Distance from park entrance – 55 miles

Jackson Hole Airport

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is located near Jackson, Wyoming.  The airport is open year around.  The airport is serviced by Delta, American Airlines, and United.  During the summer flights arrive from all over the United States.  During the rest of the year, flights arrive from  Salt Lake City, Denver, and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport located in a national park.

Distance from park entrance – 71 miles

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) is located near Bozeman, Montana.  The airport is open year round and is the busiest airport in Montana.  The airport is serviced by Delta, American Airlines, United, Frontier, Allegiant, and Alaska Airlines.  JetBlue offers flights during the summer.  Direct flights are available from much of the United States all year long.

Distance from park entrance – 91 miles

Bert Mooney Airport

Bert Mooney Airport (BTM) is located in Butte, Montana. The airport is open year round.  It is serviced by Delta via Salt Lake City.  The airport is named for Bert Mooney, the first pilot to fly mail into Yellowstone National Park.

Distance from park entrance – 146 miles

Billings Logan International Airport

Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) is located in Billings, Montana. The airport is open year round. Billings is the second largest airport in Montana.  The airport serviced by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta, Frontier, and United.

Distance from park entrance – 129 miles

Major Airports within a one day drive of Yellowstone National Park

Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The airport is open year round and is the fourth largest hub for Delta Airlines.  Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM, Southwest, and United all offer flights to Salt Lake City.  The Airport

Distance from park entrance – 323 miles

Boise International Airport

Boise International Airport (BOI) is located in Boise Idaho.  The airport is called an international airport but there are no scheduled international flights.  Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Gem Air, Southwest, and United all operate flights out of this airport.

Distance from park entrance – 386 miles

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) is located in Denver, Colorado.  Denver is the second largest airport in the world.  The airport is a hub for Frontier and United and a main operating base for Southwest Airlines.  Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Air Canada, Boutique Air, British Airways, California Pacific, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Spirit, and Delta all operate flights out of this airport.

Distance from park entrance – 515 miles

Public Transport to Yellowstone

There is no public transport to Yellowstone or around Yellowstone National Park.  This is a serious flaw in visiting the park and a contributing factor to overcrowding and traffic issues in the park.

The closest train station is in Amtrak station is Salt Lake City.  From there several companies offer 5-day tours of the park with all transportation and accommodations included.

Greyhound Bus Lines can get you to Bozeman, Montana but there is no public transport from Bozeman to the park.

During the winter, Xanterra offers shuttles from Bozeman to the Mammoth Hot Spring Hotel and Cabins.

Yellowstone National Park Tours

Driving to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is kind of in a black hole of interstates.  It is located just off center in a square between I-90, I-25, I-80, and I-15. None of the interstates are located near a boundary of the park. I-15 and I-90 come close but they are still about an hour away from any of the park entrances.

Unless you are taking a tour, it is impossible to explore Yellowstone National Park without a vehicle.  Yellowstone National Park has 5 entrances.

  • North Entrance – Gardiner, Montana – U.S. 89
  • Northeast Entrance – Cooke City, Montana – U.S. 212
  • South Entrance – Jackson, Wyoming – U.S. 191
  • East Entrance – Cody, Wyoming – U.S. 20
  • West Entrance – West Yellowstone, Montana – U.S. 20 and U.S. 191

During the winter only the North entrance is open year round.  You can drive into Mammoth Hot Springs area.  All other entrances are closed to vehicle traffic.

The West Entrance and South Entrances are closed to car traffic but is open to guided snowcoach or snowmobiles tours.  The South and East Entrances offer guided snowmobile tours.

Driving Distances to Yellowstone National Park

City Milage Kilometers Drive Time
Bozeman, MT 78.6 mi 126 km 1.5 hours
Jackson, WY 128 mi 206 km 2.5 hours
Billings, MT 172 mi 277 km 2.75 hours
Salt Lake City, UT 321 mi 517 km 4.75 hours
Boise, ID 388 mi 624 km 5.75 hours
Denver, CO 510 mi 821 km 8.25 hours
Las Vegas, NV 739 mi 1189 km 10.5 hours
Seattle, WA 740 mi 1191 km 11.5 hours
Portland, OR 814 mi 1310 km 12.5 hours
Los Angeles, CA 1,007 mi 1621 km 15.25 hours
Omaha, Ne 1,007 mi 1621 km 15.25 hours
Chicago, IL 1,395 mi 2245 km 21.25  hours
Houston, TX 1544 mi 2485 km 24 hours
Atlanta, GA 1,989 mi 3201 km 29 hours
Washington, D.C. 2,100 mi 3380 km 33 hours
New York City, NY 2,190 mi 3524 km 33 hours
Orlando, FL 2,426 mi 3904 km 36 hours

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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