How to use Glacier's Shuttle
Make sure you're prepared for the day when riding the shuttle
David Restivo, NPS
Are you prepared?
Parking your car for the day and using Glacier's free shuttle requires a little self-sufficiency. From bringing plenty of water in a water bottle, to extra clothing and snacks, below is a list of items you should bring with you when using the shuttle.
- A day pack to hold all of your stuff.
- Proper clothing (including rain gear) for fickle mountain weather. Layers work best.
Plenty of water in a water bottle. Bottled water, and drinking water in general, is not available at all of our shuttle stops. See what shuttle stops
access drinking water.
Enough snacks or lunches for a whole day. Staying nourished with food and hydrated with water throughout the day will help keep you safe and feeling strong.
The Waterton-Glacier Guide newspaper for easy on-the-spot information.
Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses - avoid sunburns and heat illness.
Using Glacier's Shuttle - Need to Know Information
Operates July 1 through, and including, September 7, 2015.
- The shuttle is free and optional.
- No ticket is needed.
- Ride as often as you like, getting on and off at any shuttle stop.
- Logan Pass is a transfer stop between east and west side shuttles.
- Avalanche Creek is a transfer stop between the larger shuttles that service the Lake McDonald Valley and the smaller shuttles that travel the narrow, alpine section of the road to Logan Pass.
- Express shuttle service direct from the Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass (without intermediate stops) begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues every 20 minutes until 7:56 a.m.
- Shuttle service with limited stops (Avalanche and the Loop) begins at 7:56 a.m. and continues every 20 minutes until 9:00 a.m.
- Shuttle service from the Apgar Visitor Center to all west side destinations begins at 9:00 a.m.
- Shuttle service from the St. Mary Visitor Center to all east side destinations begins at 7:00 a.m.
- The last shuttle from the Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass, allowing time to tour Logan Pass and return, departs the Apgar Visitor Center at 4:15 p.m.
- After 5:10 p.m., shuttles departing Avalanche Creek to Logan Pass are only for travelers making connections at Logan Pass to east side destinations. This provides greater seating capacity for visitors returning at the end of the day.
- The 5:30 pm shuttle departing the St. Mary Visitor Center to Logan Pass is only for travelers making connections at Logan Pass to west side destinations. This provides greater seating capacity for visitors returning at the end of the day.
- Buses begin servicing Apgar Village, Apgar Campground and Lake McDonald Lodge after 9:00 a.m. in 30 minute intervals.
- Due to heavy shuttle demand, there is limited seating at The Loop. At a minimum, two seats will be available on all shuttles arriving at The Loop.
- Road construction and unexpected animal delays may occasionally impact arrival and departure times.
Glacier's shuttle operates only on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and in the Apgar area.
General Operation Times - 2015
- West side shuttles depart every 15-30 minutes.
- East side shuttles depart every 40-60 minutes.
Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass (express shuttle) - 7:00 a.m.
Apgar Visitor Center to Logan Pass with stops to all west side destinations - 9:00 a.m.
St. Mary Visitor Center to Logan Pass - 7:00 a.m.
- Logan Pass to Apgar Visitor Center - 7:00 p.m.
- Logan Pass to St. Mary Visitor Center - 7:00 p.m.
Safety Information and Rules for Riding the Shuttle
- No smoking.
- No open containers of alcohol.
- No pets.
- No standing on the small shuttles.
- Let passengers off before boarding.
- Watch for oncoming traffic.
- Keep aisles clear.
- Secure bear spray and hiking poles.
- Please make room for others to sit.
Finding Shuttle Stops
There are 16 shuttle stops Glacier's shuttle services. Large signs at each shuttle stop identify where to wait for the next shuttle. These double-sided signs detail location-based shuttle information on one side and highlight area features and activities on the reverse.