Great Falls (Montana)

Great Falls is a city in central Montana. It has a population of approximately 60,000 people.

Get in

Black Eagle Falls, part of the Great Falls of the Missouri River, and Black Eagle Dam, near Great Falls, Montana

By plane

Great Falls International Airport (IATA: GTF) has non-stop service on Alaska Airlines to Helena and Seattle, Allegiant Air to Las Vegas and Phoenix, Delta to Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, and United to Denver. Frontier Airlines has seasonal service to Denver.

By car

Interstate 15 goes through the outskirts of Great Falls. Either the Central Ave. exit or the 10th Ave. S exit will go to the center of the city. The road from Helena to Great Falls, hugging the long curves of the Missouri river, is one of the finest stretches of interstate in the country.

By Train

There is an Amtrak station located approximately 90 miles north of Great Falls in the small town of Shelby. The Empire Builder, which runs from Seattle to Chicago makes stops daily. There are rental cars available near the station.

Get around

Montana is huge, keep in mind that most residents think nothing of driving in what most of the world consider long distances, so with that in mind like most of Montana, you're going to need a car. Although Great Falls does have a bus system, it's limited to the city proper. Another option for seeing the area is by bicycle. In an area with so many sparsely traveled roads, there is plenty to be seen on a road bike. Throughout most of the year the "Trolley Lady" give sightseeing tours of Great Falls. Airport Shuttle Express of Calgary Canada offers year-round charter van service between Great Falls and Calgary, Banff & Lake Louise.

By bus

Great Falls Transit (+1 406-727-0382) operates bus service in Great Falls. Fare is $1.00. Buy a day pass for $4 for unlimited rides. A pass good for 11 rides is $10. Buy passes from the bus driver or the transit office at 3905 North Star Blvd.



There are also two Albertsons grocery store locations.


You can find pretty much any fast food places/chains (McDonalds, Burger King, Applebees, etc...) you're looking either for on 10th Ave South, the Northwest Bypass, or Smelter Ave. The exit signs on I-15 will indicate which exit you should take if that's what you're looking for.

For those looking for something different than the same old fare here are a few local restaurant suggestions:


As is common with most cities in Montana, Montanans love to whet their whistles after a long hard day of work, if you're not within walking distance of a bar in Great Falls you're probably not within the city limits. If you're looking to get your drink on you have pretty wide assortment of options. From dance clubs to hole in the wall dive bars there is something to suit almost anyone's taste, heck most of the gas stations in Great Falls have Casinos attached to them for your drinking/gambling pleasure while you fill'er up.

Great Falls is not that populous, but it is fairly spread out, so depending on which part of the city you're in you're probably close to one of the main drags and it's plethora of drinking venues. 10th Ave South has the most bars by a long shot, it is the main street in the city and stretches on for about 8 Miles with dry stretches few and far between. You'll also find plenty of bars on Central Avenue and it's surrounding streets in the downtown area of Great Falls. Smelter Avenue/The Northwest Bypass possesses many options for those visiting the Northern portion of Great Falls. For those located out towards Malmstrom Air Force Base 57th St, River Road, and the Eastern End of 10th Avenue South provide your best options to find some libations with friends. Suffice it to say, no matter where you are in Great Falls a frosty cold one is never far away.



Go next

Routes through Great Falls

Lethbridge Becomes Shelby  N  S  Helena Butte
END Havre  NE  SE  Lewistown Billings
Fort Macleod Browning  N  S  Livingston Yellowstone National Park

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