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. Consider staying at least one whole day in Missoula to see all of its attractions.

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 January
Estimated hotel price
$112
1 night at 3-star hotel
Missoula in January
Estimated hotel price
$112
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

Plane

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 Frontier, United Airlines and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Missoula departs from Las Vegas and takes around 2h 15m.

Car

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 Enterprise Rent-A-Car, among others, in Bozeman.

Bus

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

Plane

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 Frontier, United Airlines and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Missoula departs from Las Vegas and takes around 2h 15m.

Car

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 Enterprise Rent-A-Car, among others, in Bozeman.

Bus

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

Airlines serving Missoula

KLM
Good (846 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,395 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,597 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,921 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,479 reviews)
Finnair
Good (889 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,434 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,343 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (770 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (953 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (819 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (773 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,736 reviews)
Sun Country Air
Good (138 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (525 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (305 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (446 reviews)
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Where to stay in Missoula

Average rates range from around $165 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $257 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Super 8 by Wyndham Missoula/Reserve St. and The Wren.

Where to stay in popular areas of Missoula

Most booked hotels in Missoula

Staybridge Suites Missoula
3 stars
Excellent (9, 451 reviews)
$163+
The Wren
2 stars
Excellent (9.1, 115 reviews)
$162+
Comfort Inn University
2 stars
Excellent (8.2, 501 reviews)
$132+
Econo Lodge Missoula
2 stars
Good (7.5, 890 reviews)
$79+
Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham Downtown Missoula-University
2 stars
Okay (5.7, 558 reviews)
$69+
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
2 stars
Okay (4.6, 722 reviews)
$87+

Renting a car in Missoula

Renting a car in Missoula costs $70 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 Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch at 3309 W Broadway St, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Missoula.

Expect to pay $3.86 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 $46.33 and $61.78. The most frequently booked car type in Missoula is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium rental cars (Buick Enclave or similar) are, on average, 63% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Missoula costs $70 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 Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch at 3309 W Broadway St, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Missoula.

Expect to pay $3.86 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 $46.33 and $61.78. The most frequently booked car type in Missoula is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium rental cars (Buick Enclave or similar) are, on average, 63% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.