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Travel to Missoula

Missoula is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs. Known as the Garden City because of its lush landscape, this Montana city offers a glimpse into the history of the West. When you are ready to book cheap flights to Missoula, be sure to start with, where you can access some of lowest rates available on flights, hotel rooms and rental cars.

Arriving in Missoula

Officially opened in 1941, the Missoula International Airport (5225 Highway 10 West, Missoula) is the primary airport serving the greater Missoula area. It offers daily flights to and from several major cities on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, Delta and United. The airport is located less than 6 miles northwest of the downtown area, with easy access to the city via West Broadway Street. Once you land, you'll find plenty of ground transportation options to get you to your final destination. Yellow Cab (406-543-6644) and the environmentally friendly Green Taxi (406-728-8294) will take you downtown for roughly $15. The Mountain Line (406-721-3333) offers 11 trips to and from the airport each weekday, for only $1 each. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National have rental counters right across from the airport's baggage claim area, and their car lots are located just outside the east terminal exit.

Things to Do in the Area

Missoula's weather is a study in extremes, with winter temperatures that can dip as low as 17 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures that can soar as high as the mid-80s. The city averages almost 4 feet of snow each winter, so be sure to pack appropriate snow gear if you plan to travel during the colder winter months. No matter what season you choose to visit Missoula, you'll never have a shortage of things to do. The 18,000-acre National Bison Range, one of the country's oldest refuges, is home to 400 American bison, as well as pronghorn antelope, black bears and bighorn sheep. The Lewis and Clark Trail offers visitors the chance to walk in the shoes of some of the country's most famous explorers. If you'd rather spend time exploring the city, you'll find plenty of eclectic shops and boutiques, theaters and museums, as well as a variety of culinary delights.

Urban Fun and Outdoor Adventure

Whether you prefer city life or the great outdoors, you are sure to fall in love with Missoula and all that the area has to offer. To get started on your journey, all you need to do is visit, where you can book cheap flights to Missoula and find some of the best deals on hotel rooms and rental cars.

Missoula When to Go

Missoula’s high season is summer, with scores of tourists filling the town to capacity, especially on weekends. The weather is pleasantly warm, with ample opportunities to cool off by sitting in the shade, tubing down a river, or grabbing ice cream at the Big Dipper. And the calendar is nonstop: Garden City River Rod Run, River City Roots Festival, and Missoula Symphony in the Park. Daily and weekly events include farmers’ markets, concerts in Caras Park, Movies in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park, and Osprey baseball games.

In early fall, the days are crisp, the leaves are turn gold, and the students return ready for events like German Fest, Hempfest, and Maverick Brewfest.

Of course, there’s nothing like winter in Montana, especially if you love the snow. With Snowbowl Ski Area only miles away—not to mention sledding, cross-country skiing, and hot springs right in town—this may be Missoula’s signature season. The New Year’s Eve Fist Night celebration kicks off the year with more than a hundred cultural events, and February sees the arrival of the 10-day Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which screens more than 100 films at the Wilma Theatre.

Spring is perhaps the most underrated season in Missoula: The surrounding mountains and open spaces become lush and green, flowers and trees bloom, and the valley gets bathed in sun again, often warming into the 60s. It makes for a perfect setting for events like the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, Garden City Brewfest (yes, Missoulians like their beer), and the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to Missoula?
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If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
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Which airlines fly to Missoula?
With airlines operating at Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO), you’ll be exploring this exciting destination in next to no time. Ticket prices depend on the location you’re journeying from and when you’re heading off. You’ll no doubt snap up a rewarding deal to Missoula from one of these top domestic carriers:

  • Alaska Airlines - 75 flights to Missoula per month
  • Delta - 69 flights to Missoula per month
  • American Airlines - 42 flights to Missoula per month

What is the best airport to fly to in Missoula?
Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO) is the gateway to the city, so your trickiest decision will be the aisle seat or the window seat. Central Missoula is approximately 5 miles away and where many visitors start their adventure.
How much is a flight to Missoula?
Prices for return flights fell as low as this past week to Missoula, and increased to a peak of . Several lucky passengers flying out of () managed to snare one-way fares from just .
How to book the cheapest flight to Missoula?
Picking up cheap flights to Missoula is as simple as booking with Orbitz. But if you’d like to make sure you’re nabbing the best flight deals around, here are some suggestions to follow:

  • Departing from or arriving at other airports may be more cost-effective. Enter your preferred departure and arrival airports. Next, click on the ‘Nearby airports’ function below to see what your options are.
  • If you’re flexible with your plans, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ option. It’ll bring up flight deals for the days either side of your chosen departure. Ticket prices often vary depending on what day of the week it is.
  • To refine your results, click on ‘Show options.’ You can search based on airlines, seating class, and nonstop and refundable flights. You can also choose whether you want to fly in the morning, afternoon or evening under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left.
  • Book your airfare as soon as you’ve figured out your travel dates. While it does happen now and then, airfares rarely get more affordable as your date of departure approaches.
  • Make big savings on your vacation by combining your flights, hotels and car rentals into one handy package. Your wallet will thank you.
  • Don’t travel during peak seasons if you can. By avoiding summer, school vacations and other popular dates, you can save plenty on your airfares.

How long is a flight to Missoula?
The duration of your flight will depend on where you’re taking off from, whether that’s the West Coast, the East Coast or someplace else. Listed below are some of the top routes to Missoula and how long they take:

  • Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.) to Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO) - 1 hour and 22 minutes
  • Salt Lake City, UT (SLC-Salt Lake City Intl.) to Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO) - 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Denver, CO (DEN-Denver Intl.) to Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO) - 2 hours and 6 minutes

What is the best time to book a flight to Missoula?
Book in January, February or August for the best airfares to Missoula. Once you’ve found a bargain, buy it — cheap flights tend to appear and then vanish in the click of a button.
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to Missoula?
To find a great flight deal, book on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. These are typically the cheapest days to purchase seats to Missoula.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to Missoula?
Based on Orbitz data from 2020, Monday is normally the best day to score cheap flights to Missoula. Tuesday also has wallet-friendly fares, while Saturday has the highest ticket prices. Even though flying out at the weekend may be more convenient, you’ll have more cash in your pocket to play with if you set off at the start of the week.
What is the cheapest month to fly to Missoula?
Consider jetting off during August if you’re on a tight budget. Orbitz data has found that it’s generally the best month for cheap flights to Missoula. June is when fares really go up.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
We know that plans can change and flexibility is important. That’s why you can easily search for flights that include free cancellation and no change fees on Orbitz. Simply click on “Filter by flexible change policies” and we’ll show you fares more flexible than a lollipop left in the sun!
What do I need for the flight to Missoula?
Nothing beats jetting off on vacation, but it pays to be prepared. The following handy tips will help get your trip off to a smooth start:

  • Before you step on board the plane, you’ll need to show some type of government-issued ID, like a passport. You’ll also need your boarding pass. If you’re traveling with kids, check with your airline about which documents they may need.
  • To keep you occupied on the short hop to Missoula, download your favorite tracks or restock the podcast library on your smartphone. Food can also be a welcome distraction while in the air, so maybe even bring some light snacks.
  • It can get very cool on the plane. If you don’t want to shiver your way through the flight, bring a sweater.

How many direct flights are there to Missoula?
You can hop aboard one of 39 flights that travel direct to Missoula every month. Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are a few of the airlines that will take you there comfortably in one go. United Airlines, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines are a few other carriers that fly nonstop.
How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to Missoula?
Savvy travelers have a talent for finding first or business-class fares to Missoula without the hefty price tag. Follow in their footsteps with these practical tips:

  • Flexibility is important. By being open to a variety of travel dates, you’ll have better odds of landing a deal on business or first-class airfares.
  • A lot of low-cost airlines these days offer top-notch business-class seating that doesn’t cost a bundle.
  • Take advantage of your airline’s flight rewards program and use points to upgrade your seat. Alternatively, you can try bidding for an upgrade in online auctions.

How to get into Missoula from the airport?
A Missoula Intl. Airport (MSO) car rental is a hassle-free way of traveling from MSO airport to downtown Missoula. Pick up a vehicle from one of the main rental companies on-site, such as Alamo, National Car Rental or Thrifty Car Rental and then head southeast. You’ll need to drive approximately 5 miles to get to the city center. Missoula car rentals is another option located downtown if you don’t feel like driving immediately after you arrive.
What is the best time to go to Missoula?
If you’d like to soak up the vibe of Missoula in the busy season, are the prime months to visit. June 20 heralds the beginning of summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and is a perfect time to travel if you savor the open air. During this time of the year, average daily temperatures range from 40undefined to 80undefined.
Travel tips for Missoula

  • Wear a pair of comfortable kicks and explore this bustling city on foot. There are some awesome attractions you have to see, such as University of Montana and Wilma Theatre.
  • If you’re up for a nice little day trip, there are more sights to see a short commute out of town. Find out why Lolo Hot Springs and Montana Snowbowl Ski Area are on the must-do lists of most Missoula adventurers.
  • Like to explore some other Montana cities? Arrange a car rental and hotfoot it to Anaconda or Helena — or both! With your own vehicle, getting to those off-radar destinations will also be a snap.

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