Missoula travel guide

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You're Going to Love Missoula

With a population of 66,788, Missoula is a must-see destination in Montana, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Missoula

If you’re looking for affordable options, Red Bird - Montana (111 N. Higgins Suite 100) and Rumour (1855 Stephens Avenue) are great picks.

When to visit Missoula

Missoula in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Missoula in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Missoula in July, when the average temperature is 68 °F, and the highest can go up to 86 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 24.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 2.1″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Missoula, with an average rainfall of 0.7″.

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How to Get to Missoula


When flying to Missoula, you’ll arrive at Missoula Johnson-Bell Field (MSO), which is located 6 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Missoula include Copa Airlines, United Airlines and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Missoula departs from Las Vegas and takes around 2h 08m.


Another option to get to Missoula is to pick up a car rental from Bozeman, which is about 163 miles from Missoula. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Budget, among others, in Bozeman.


Missoula’s bus station is located 1.3 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Missoula

Good (403 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,750 reviews)
Good (3,384 reviews)
Air France
Good (498 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,207 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,450 reviews)
Good (780 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (3,068 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (357 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (579 reviews)
Good (797 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (567 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,747 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (397 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (133 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (293 reviews)
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Where to stay in Missoula

Average rates range from around $140 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $223 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include TownePlace Suites by Marriott Missoula and My Place Hotel - Missoula, MT.

Where to stay in popular areas of Missoula

Most booked hotels in Missoula

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater
Excellent (8.3, 390 reviews)
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
Excellent (8.1, 1063 reviews)
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
Excellent (8, 300 reviews)
Super 8 by Wyndham Missoula/Brooks Street
Good (6.1, 844 reviews)
Fairbridge Inn & Suites Missoula
Okay (5.9, 300 reviews)
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
Okay (4.5, 690 reviews)
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Renting a car in Missoula

Renting a car in Missoula costs $89 per day, on average. Thrifty, Dollar and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Missoula is the Budget branch at 5225 Highway 10 West, which is 5 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 17% cheaper than airport locations in Missoula.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Missoula (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Missoula is Standard (Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Supplier choice rental cars (Class Special Car or similar) are, on average, 69% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.