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Travel Tips

Getting to beautiful Bigfork is not as challenging as it seems! Located 35 minutes from Glacier National Airport, the Flathead Valley offers various travel accommodations. Be it through plane, train or car we look forward to seeing you here in Bigfork! Please see the listed services below to find the best options for you.

Planning ahead

Summer is the busiest season in the Flathead Valley, and it’s recommended to book your flights, accommodations, and rental cars well in advance to ensure availability. But with such stunning scenery and a convenient location, the effort of planning your trip is well worth it to experience the wonders of Northwest Montana


Bigfork is an idyllic driving vacation destination that boasts stunning mountain views, crystal clear lakes, and quaint small towns along the way. As you explore the open roads, remember to enjoy to journey. Slow down, don’t tailgate, and pass with caution. Keep in mind that Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S., and driving across it takes more than 10 hours. Make sure to plan your refueling or electric vehicle charging stops accordingly, and always keep an eye out for wildlife on the roads. With so much natural beauty to explore, a road trip to Bigfork is the perfect way to appreciate it all.


There are numerous ways to begin your adventure in Bigfork, whether it’s by flying directly into Glacier Park International Airport or taking a picturesque drive from a nearby airport. Whatever your preferred mode of travel, you’ll find a variety of transportation options available to help you get started on your unforgettable journey.  The closest major airport to Bigfork is Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), located in Kalispell, serving the Flathead Valley area. As you make your descent, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring scenery of majestic mountains, expansive forests, and the sparkling waters of Flathead Lake, providing a tantalizing glimpse of the pristine wilderness that awaits you.

Train Stations

Experience the majestic American West in a unique way by traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The train arrives twice daily at the Whitefish Train Depot, a national historic landmark. Traveling daily between Chicago and Seattle/Portland, the Empire Builder provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to traverse the rugged wilderness and marvel at the natural beauty of the region, following in the footsteps of early pioneers. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the grandeur of the landscape and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Car Services & Rentals

There are several car rental agencies available in the Flathead Valley, but it’s worth noting that inventory can be limited, especially during the summer months. In addition to car rentals, taxi, ride share, and shuttle services are also available for visitors to the region. However, it’s important to plan ahead and schedule your rides in advance, especially during peak travel times or if you require early morning or late-night transportation. By doing so, you can ensure that you have reliable transportation and a stress-free experience while exploring the area.

Canadian Border

If your trip to Bigfork includes Canada, it’s essential to have a valid passport or other approved travel documents, such as a NEXUS card or an enhanced driver’s license. The Roosville Port of Entry, located approximately 2.5 hours from Bigfork, is the nearest border crossing. This 24-hour crossing is an excellent starting point for your Canadian exploration, but keep in mind that wait times may vary depending on the time of day and season.

When crossing the border, it’s essential to be aware of the rules and regulations, which include restrictions on certain items and goods such as firearms, fruits, and vegetables. It’s vital to declare all items being brought across the border and be prepared to answer questions from border officials. A responsible traveler should ensure that all necessary travel documents are up-to-date and readily available.

It’s recommended to check the current border wait times and travel advisories or restrictions before crossing the border to avoid any unexpected delays. By following the rules and regulations, you can guarantee a smooth and hassle-free experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Canada.

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