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Getting to Whitefish

Whitefish is located in the northwest corner of Montana, at the northern-most tip of the spectacular Flathead Valley. U.S. Hwy 93 is the primary north/south corridor in the Valley, and passes directly through Whitefish en route to the Canadian border some 50 miles north. The western entrance to Glacier National Park lies 25 miles east of Whitefish on U.S. 2, the major east/west route through the region.

Whitefish is located just 15 miles north of Glacier Park International Airport (FCA).

Commercial air service provided by:

  • Alaska (800) 252-7522
  • Allegiant Air (702) 505-8888
  • American Airlines (800) 433-7300
  • Avelo Air (346) 616-9500
  • Delta (800) 221-1212
  • Sun Country Airlines (651) 905-2737
  • United (800) 864-8331

Glacier Jet Center offers airport support services including a private terminal, aircraft storage and air charters: call (866) 353-8322.

AMTRAK RAIL SERVICE Amtrak arrives twice daily at the Whitefish Depot, located in downtown Whitefish at 500 Depot Street. Daily morning arrivals from Seattle. Daily evening arrivals from Chicago. For more information, phone (406) 862-2268 or toll-free at 1-800-872-7245.

  • Daily from Seattle (Eastbound):  Arrives: 7:26 am; Departs: 7:46 am
  • Daily from Chicago (Westbound): Arrives: 8:56 pm; Departs: 9:16 pm

Travel by car through some of the most scenic landscapes anywhere in the world!  U.S. Hwy. 93 is the primary north/south corridor in the Valley, and passes directly through Whitefish en route to the Canadian border some 50 miles north.

BUS SERVICE:     Flathead Transit provides bus service between Whitefish, Kalispell and Missoula, with connecting service to Greyhound. Pick up daily at the Whitefish train depot located at 500 Depot Street, (406) 275-2877. Eagle Transit provides local transit services in Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Kalispell. Call (406) 758-5728 or visit

RENTAL CARS:      Budget  (800) 248-7604 | (406) 862-8170
                                Dollar (800) 457-5335 | (406) 892-0009
                                Hertz (800) 654-3131 | (406) 863-1210

Driving Distances to Whitefish (in miles)

Whitefish Mtn Resort 8
Glacier Park Airport 11
Kalispell 15
Glacier National Park 24
Fernie, BC 122
Cranbrook, BC 138
Missoula 129
Lethbridge, AB 200
Helena 210
Great Falls 220
Butte 240
Spokane, WA 245
West Yellowstone 385
Bozeman 307
Calgary, AB 315
Billings 434

Whitefish is a fairly “casual” community. The best advice is to be prepared for both warm and cool weather. For spring and summer bring shorts, walking shoes, light weight slacks, and your most comfortable pair of jeans, but don't forget your favorite sweatshirt or jacket for the evening. Dress in layers and bring rain gear wherever you go.


With an elevation of 3,033 feet and the top of Whitefish Mountain Resort at 6817 feet, there are typically no problems acclimating to the elevation with visiting Whitefish. The area climate is relatively mild year round. Summer temperatures average in the high 70's, but the evenings are cool. The average temperature for the coldest month of the year is in the low 30's as compared to the other side of the Continental Divide, where the average is 15 degrees colder. The wind hardly ever blows in Whitefish! You know it's true by looking at the fence posts-the snow piles straight up!

If you're planning a short trip to Canada during your stay you MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT or a GOVERNMENT BORDER CROSSING CARD.

For information on traveling to/from Canada, please visit

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