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Getting Around Branson

The best way to get around Branson is by car since there are no public transportation options that link all of the top attractions with local restaurants and accommodations. There is a free trolley that connects downtown Branson with Branson Landing, but its limited reach and seasonal hours mean travelers will still need to rely on their own wheels.

The closest airport is Branson Airport (BKG), about 10 miles south of Branson. The airline options are limited, but its proximity to the city is hard to beat. The airport has three different rental car agencies on-site. Traditional taxis, limos, vans and services like Uber and Lyft are also available to get travelers to Branson from the airport. Alternatively, the Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), is about 52 miles north of Branson. Travelers will find less expensive airfares if they choose to fly into the state's larger airports – Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL) – but the drive to Branson will be about two to three hours longer than it is from Springfield. Though there are no shuttles provided by the Springfield airport to Branson, some accommodations may offer a shuttle; check with your individual hotel to see if it provides transportation.

Car

In the absence of any extensive public transportation options, a car is the best way to get around Branson. Parking is plentiful and, aside from the Branson Strip, traffic shouldn't be an issue either. You can find most major rental agencies at all three airports servicing the Branson area.

Trolley

To explore Branson's historic downtown and Branson Landing, the trolley – which makes 14 stops on a 20- to 30-minute loop – is a fun, free option. The trolley operates daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from March through December, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It operates 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays in January and February.

To explore Branson's historic downtown and Branson Landing, the trolley – which makes 14 stops on a 20- to 30-minute loop – is a fun, free option. The trolley operates daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from March through December, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It operates 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays in January and February.

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