Information on Riding the FREE Shuttle Bus in Glacier National Park, Montana
Running from July 1, through September 2, Glacier National Park offers an awesome, FREE shuttle service for those not wanting to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
You don’t even need a ticket to ride!
I highly recommend using their shuttle service if you are afraid to drive the road, don’t want to deal with finding parking, or want to get to know other visitors on your trip!
The only time I might not recommend using it is if you have small children with you…. because the demand for the shuttles is so high, you might end up having to wait a few shuttles to catch a ride …. and having a small child of my own, I know how long waiting in line can feel with little ones in tow!
You are free to get on and off at any of the 16 shuttle stops, with shuttles departing every 15 – 30 minutes on the west side of Logan Pass, and every 40 – 60 minutes on the east side of Logan Pass.
I wouldn’t recommend getting off at the Loop shuttle stop. There are beautiful views of Heavens Peak from there, but unless you are going to hike, it might not be worth it. Space is so limited on the shuttles, and they only guarantee that two seats will be available on all shuttles arriving at the Loop (because they fill up before they reach that stop). It’s up to you.
The express shuttle from Apgar Transit Center to Logan Pass begins at 7:30 a.m., as well as the shuttle from St. Mary to Logan Pass. The shuttle from the Apgar Transit Center with stops at all of the west side shuttle locations begins at 9:00 a.m. There is an express shuttle from the Apgar Transit Center to Logan Pass at 7:30 a.m., 10:20 a.m., and 10:50 a.m.
The last departures from Logan Pass are at 7:00 p.m., so don’t miss them! To have enough time from St. Mary to get to Logan Pass, and walk around for a bit, be sure to catch the 5:20 p.m. shuttle from St. Mary. To have enough time from Apgar to get to Logan pass and see what you need to, you will need to catch the 3:45 p.m. shuttle.
I think that this is a great service that Glacier National Park provides to people, and you should definitely take advantage of it if you can.
Rules are to be expected, including no smoking, no standing, no alcohol, and no pets.
**BE SURE TO BE PREPARED: The only places to actually get food and drinks are Apgar, Lake McDonald Lodge, and St. Mary. There is drinking water at some of the stops out of spigots. But just pack what you need: plenty of water, snacks, extra clothing (it can often be cold at the top of Logan Pass!), and hiking boots if planning to do much hiking or walking.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog