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, 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.
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.
To explore Branson's historic downtown and Branson Landing, the trolley – which makes seven stops on a 25-minute loop – is a fun, free option. The trolley operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from March through December, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It offers limited service in January and February, depending on the weather.
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