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 January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 98
1 night at 3-star hotel
Missoula in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 98
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Missoula in July, when the average temperature is 20 °C, and the highest can go up to 30 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -8 °C, with an average temperature of -4 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 53 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Missoula, with an average rainfall of 18 mm.

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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 9 km from the city centre The shortest flight to Missoula from Canada departs from Vancouver and takes around 9h 52m.


Missoula’s bus station is located 2.2 km from the downtown.

Airlines serving Missoula

Good (407 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,779 reviews)
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Air France
Good (509 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,256 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,468 reviews)
Good (790 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Good (3,114 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (366 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (585 reviews)
Good (802 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (576 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,775 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (402 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (137 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (298 reviews)
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Where to stay in Missoula

Average rates range from around C$ 193 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 333 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include TownePlace Suites by Marriott Missoula and Comfort Inn University.

Where to stay in popular areas of Missoula

Most booked hotels in Missoula

Staybridge Suites Missoula
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 187+
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 175+
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 222+
Super 8 by Wyndham Missoula/Brooks Street
Good (6.1, Good reviews)
C$ 94+
Fairbridge Inn & Suites Missoula
Okay (5.8, Okay reviews)
C$ 95+
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
Okay (4.5, Okay reviews)
C$ 102+
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Renting a car in Missoula

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 branch at 3309 W Broadway St, which is 4 km from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.35 per litre in Missoula (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.14 and C$ 21.52. 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.