Missoula Airport Mini Guide
Where is Missoula?
Missoula is a small city in the Rocky Mountains region of Western Montana. Originally the city grew on the wealth created by the saw mills and flour mills and at one time the outskirts of the eastern part of the city were surrounded by a huge market garden which gave it the soubriquet of ‘the garden city’ Today, it appeals to tourists with its proximity to the Rockies as well as to extreme sports enthusiasts who enjoy the white water rafting, canyoning and kayaking on the rivers that meet near the city. Others come to hike and camp in the rather worryingly named Rattlesnake Wilderness. In the city, the presence of the University of Montana provides a bohemian, eclectic atmosphere.
How do I get to Missoula?
Missoula Airport is under four miles from the city and served by several airlines from across the US, There are no international flights so travellers from international airports must change at either San Francisco
. Transport into the city is by taxi, rental car or by public bus which calls at the airport eleven times a day.
What is the Airport Like?
It’s a very modern and friendly airport which has a distinctive Montana countryside feel with a lot of wood used in its construction. The growth of Missoula has meant that plans for the airport have been put in place for a new control tower and expansion of the airport’s capacity. For now though, it remains uncluttered and uncrowded giving the traveller a pleasurable airport experience.
What can I Expect When I Arrive at Missoula?
Surprisingly for a small regional airport, disembarkation will be via air bridges so there’s no blazing hot walk in summer or frosty walk in winter to the terminal. Once inside it’s not far to the baggage reclaim area and once you’ve checked your belt number you’ll head downstairs to collect your belongings. In the arrivals hall there’s an airport information desk for general airport enquiries and a tourist information desk where you’ll find out about things to do and places to stay in the area.
If you need cash at the airport you’ll find that there are no banks but there is an ATM. Other banking services can be obtained in Missoula. If you’re renting a car, the company desks are located opposite baggage reclaim. Some have the cars on the airport site whilst others require a shuttle trip. Public transport is accessible from right outside the terminal building.
What are the Facilities Like for Departing Visitors?
You’ll spend your last few hours in Montana in very comfortable surroundings. The airport has only one shop but it sells a lot of different items including Montana sapphires, clothing, gifts, newspapers and books. For food, Jedediah’s offers a reasonable range of home-cooked, local fare including big breakfasts, snacks and hearty dinners. After security Liquid Planet offers hot and cold drinks and snacks and sandwiches. For free Wi-Fi access you’ll have to visit the business lounge which is free to use, 24 hours a day.