There are many different ways to explore the roads of Montana's Glacier National Park. And while you can drive your private vehicle on the road, we suggest leaving the driving to the professionals and giving yourself the chance to take in the incredible views of Glacier National Park by taking advantage of the park's free shuttle service and concessioner-provided guided interpretive tours.
Every summer from July 1 through Labor Day, the National Park Service offers a free shuttle service along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Departing from the west side of the park at the Apgar Visitor Center, the shuttle buses run every 30 minutes while shuttles from the east side depart from the St. Mary Visitor Center every 40 to 60 minutes.
If you're coming to Glacier National Park, another option for transportation is to take an interpretive bus tour. Two concessioners offer tours: Glacier National Park Lodges and Sun Tours. Glacier National Park Lodges offer guided red bus tours on their fleet of historic buses driven by "jammers". The open-air red buses provide visitors with unparalleled views of the park's terrain, as well as an interesting history as they travel through and along some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Red bus tours are one of the must-do experiences in Glacier National Park.
Meanwhile, Sun Tours depart from both the east and west sides and provide their guests with a Blackfeet interpretive tour of Glacier National Park along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Along the way, passengers on this tour will learn about how the natural features in Glacier Park are relevant to the Blackfeet Nation, both past and present.