Getting Around Yellowstone

The best way to get around Yellowstone is by car, especially as there is no public transportation system. You can rent a car at any of the nearby airports, including the Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD) in Cody, Wyo., and the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Jackson, Wyo., as well as the Gallatin Field Airport (BZN) in Bozeman, Mont. However, that doesn't mean that you should spend your entire vacation behind the wheel. Each of Yellowstone's five regions has an area to park, allowing you to leave the car behind and explore by bike or on foot. Guided tours are also available.

Car A car is necessary for visiting different regions and attractions. Yellowstone consists of 350-plus miles of paved roads that make getting around fairly easy. Roads often close for heavy snowfall and construction, so it's best to check advisories posted on the National Park Service website, before you hit the road. Also, keep in mind GPS devices may be unreliable and provide incorrect directions around the park, so be sure to pick up a handy park road map available at all five entrance stations. You can rent a car from any of the airports that service the park. Don't forget, to enter Yellowstone National Park, you'll have to pay a $25 fee for noncommercial vehicles that is valid for seven days. Keep track of your entrance record to re-enter the park at different locations.
Bus & Shuttle

There are several trusted companies that offer guided bus and van tours of the park from the park's visitor areas and gateway communities like West Yellowstone, Mont. Consider the "Yellowstone in a Day" tour — offered by Xanterra Parks & Resorts — which hits all the major sites. Departure loacations vary in the winter, so be sure to call 307-344-7311 for further details and to make your reservations. There are also shuttles to and from nearby communities like Bozeman, Mont., and Jackson, Wyo. Linx Bus services West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Mont., as well as Cody and Jackson, Wyo., daily. Single ticket prices vary by bus line connections, but you can pick up a same-day pass for service inside the park for $25. Tickets are available online as well as at vendors inside and around the park. Keep in mind most tours do not cover park entrance fees, which will cost you $12 per visitor 16 and older.

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