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What’s The Best Airport for Yellowstone?

The best airport for Yellowstone National Park for most people is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

Its direct flights and distance to both of Yellowstone’s northern entrances usually make it the best option.

Best Airport For Yellowstone: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

There are a few things to factor in, mainly where you’re staying and whether or not you’re also visiting Grand Teton National Park (Tip: you definitely should!)

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We give it a top choice over Jackson (and the south entrance) for one main reason: the northern entrances to Yellowstone both have towns near the entrances where you can find lodging and other supplies.

If you’re staying at one of the hotels inside Yellowstone, this may not be as much of a factor.

Bozeman Airport to Yellowstone

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, also known as Bozeman International Airport, is ideally located to reach the park’s northern entrances.

Bozeman To the West Entrance (West Yellowstone):

This trip is about 1 hour and 50 minutes via US-191 S. This route has some even better mountain and river views and is the way you’ll take if you’re staying in West Yellowstone. Click here to see more pictures and info on this drive. We found the scenery to be even better on this drive than to Gardiner. Note this entrance is closed from November to April.

Bozeman To West Yellowstone

Bozeman To the North Entrance (Gardiner):

To the North Entrance (Gardiner): It’s about a 1 hour 30 minutes drive via US-89 S, with some drier valley and river views along the way. Click here to see more about this drive. It’s the park’s only entrance that’s open year-round.

Gardiner To Bozeman Drive

Jackson Hole to Yellowstone

Jackson Hole Airport offers an excellent gateway to the park’s South Entrance.

Jackson To the South Entrance:

A scenic drive of approximately 1 hour via US 191 will get you to the south entrance of Yellowstone. The advantage of this drive is that it’s through Grand Teton National Park, providing some of the best views of the whole trip. However, you’d need to continue further into Yellowstone to find lodging.

Grand Teton Road To Yellowstone

Driving Time Summary

Here’s a quick snapshot of the driving times from our top three airports to the closest park entrances:

  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to North Entrance (Gardiner): ~1.5 hours
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to West Entrance (West Yellowstone): ~2 hours
  • Jackson Hole Airport to South Entrance: ~1.0 hour

Other Entrances: The Northeast Entrance leads you to the stunning Lamar Valley and Cody Wyoming, but it’s further from significant airports and usually better suited for driving to Yellowstone from the East Coast and the Midwest. Its location makes it an excellent stop for Mount Rushmore too.

Other Airports

While Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is our top choice, we’d be remiss not to give a shout-out to these other worthy airports. Here’s an overview of the different airports

Jackson Hole Airport also provides non-stop flights to major cities across the United States, courtesy of airlines like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines. It’s the closest airport to Yellowstone’s south entrance, and with its location inside Grand Teton National Park, it offers a unique and scenic arrival experience.

Salt Lake City International Airport: A good option for families on a budget. It’s one of the region’s largest airports, offering various flight options, often at lower costs. Salt Lake offers direct flights to major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. The longer drive to Yellowstone can become an epic family road trip.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport is a small but good option. It’s a scenic two-hour drive to Yellowstone’s South Entrance.

West Yellowstone Airport is the closest airport, but it’s small and very seasonal, being only open from June through September. Situated in West Yellowstone, Montana, it’s a stone’s throw away from the park’s West entrance, Island Park, and Big Sky. Only two airlines serve this airport, with regional jet flights to Salt Lake City and Denver.

Salt Lake City International Airport, the largest airport in the region, is well-connected with daily flights to a broad spectrum of destinations. Salt Lake City is also a major hub for Delta Airlines. Yes, it’s a bit of a trek (approximately a five-hour drive), but it can be a fantastic choice for families planning a road trip. Plus, car rentals are abundant and affordable. Salt Lake City also offers easy access to nearby Park City, a great summer and winter destination for snow tubing and snowmobiling.

Denver International Airport might be a lengthy drive away. Still, it’s the closest major airport to Yellowstone that offers non-stop flights from almost all major cities because of its hub with Southwest and United. Denver also offers many international flights.

Transportation Options

Renting a car is a great option, offering flexibility and convenience. Alternatively, if you’d rather someone else drive, consider a shuttle service from major airports. However, this will require you to get scheduled tours for your entire trip, making a rental car the sensible choice.

Tips for a Successful Trip

Remember, choosing the most convenient airport for your family depends on several factors, including your home city, budget, and travel plans. Here’s a quick checklist to guide your decision:

  • Use Google Flights, it’s our favorite travel tool, and it’s free! Google Flights will automatically add suggestions to find you better deals, like changing your date by a day, and alternate airports.
  • Check which major airlines fly to your chosen airport
  • Consider the nearest airport to your desired park entrance
  • Look for airports offering nonstop flights, car rentals, and shuttle services
  • Factor in extra perks like gift shops and family-friendly amenities


Q: Are there other regional airports suitable for Yellowstone? A: Yes, Idaho Falls Airport and Billings Logan International Airport are solid options too.

Q: What’s the cheapest airport to fly into for Yellowstone? A: This largely depends on where you’re flying from. Salt Lake City Airport can often offer cost-effective flights.

Q: Can I fly from Fort Worth or St. Paul to these airports? A: Sure thing! Major airlines offer services from these cities to Bozeman and Jackson Hole airports.

Q: Are there any other airports near Yellowstone National Park? A: Billings Logan International Airport, Bert Mooney Airport, and Yellowstone Regional Airport are also nearby airports worth considering.

Q: What’s the drive time from Bozeman Airport to Yellowstone National Park? A: From Bozeman  Airport, the drive to the park’s west entrance is a scenic 90-minute ride.

Q: Can I get a rental car from these airports? A: Yes, most of the airports we’ve mentioned offer car rental services,, but make sure to book early as summer inventory can be an issue.

Q: What’s the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park? A: Well, it’s subjective. Many folks love the late spring and late fall, as the park isn’t overly crowded. But be wary of heavy snow in the winter months!

Q: Are there nonstop flights to these airports? A: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Jackson Hole Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport all offer non-stop flights from major cities.

Q: Which airlines fly to these airports? A: United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection, United Express, and even Allegiant Air for those hunting for cheap flights.

Q: Can I fly from major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Las Vegas to these airports? A: Yes, all the airports we’ve discussed have flights from major cities, making them a convenient choice regardless of where you’re flying from.

Grand Teton Road To Yellowstone


For most people, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will be the closest airport. But if you’re also planing on visiting Grand Teton, check out Jackson Hole Airport, or even Salt Lake City International Airport.

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