Most folks headed to Branson will be in their car, but a growing number of travelers are interested in getting here by air, especially those attending meetings, conventions, reunions, and the like. Did you know that several airports are in and near Branson? There’s the Branson Airport (BKG) just minutes south of Branson in neighboring Hollister (offering stunning scenery along the access road), less than an hour north is the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport (SGF,) and about two hours south you’ll find Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville. If you’d enjoy seeing a bit more of Missouri or make some stops along the way, you can fly into Kansas City, St. Louis, or Tulsa, Oklahoma, and rent a car for anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 hours road-travelling time to Branson.
Once you arrive in Branson, if you’ve used a shuttle service to get here, you’ll discover several car rental agencies, ride services, limousine services, and even an entirely free Historic Downtown shuttle service - better known to loyal Branson guests and residents as “Sparky.” These services are also handy if you want to keep your rental car, or even your personal vehicle, at your hotel - Branson has more local transportation services than ever before, so getting around town is as easy as one, two, three...or, when it comes to using Sparky to get around the Historic Downtown District and Branson Landing, it’s as easy as one, two, FREE! (Speaking of FREE, check out all these free things to do in Branson!)
Here’s a helpful list of transportation services - if you don’t find what you need, give us a call:
Branson Airport (BKG): A quick trip of less than 15 minutes on Highway 65 and you’ll find the nation’s first privately financed and operated airport - it’s just south of Branson. Repeatedly acknowledged for its friendliness, painless screening and boarding processes, and welcoming “Branson Wave,” the cozy Branson Airport offers a truly unique travel experience! Located on Branson Creek Boulevard, which becomes Branson Airport Boulevard, you’ll arrive at the airport via a wonderfully winding and scenic drive through rolling acreage that’s home to three gorgeous golf courses and stunning Ozarks vistas as far as the eye can see...take a moment or two to enjoy the scenery along the way!
Location: 4000 Branson Airport Boulevard, Hollister MO 65672
Commercial Air Services: Frontier Airlines - direct flights to Denver, with numerous connections
Car Rental Services: Enterprise - National - Alamo
Local Transportation: Cab - Branson Yellow Cab & The Branson Loop Limousine - Branson Limousine & Executive Charter - Howard Fisk Limousine - VIP Tours of Branson Ride Share - Lyft and Uber are both authorized service providers
GA Services: Branson Jet Center (BBG) - handles private aircraft arrivals - offers hangar space - 24-hour self-serve fuel - free WiFi - pilot lounge with flat-panel HDTV - sleep rooms - diner open 7 days per week - refreshment area - putting green - 24/7 emergency services - rental car services - more
Springfield/Branson National Airport (SGF): Less than an hour north of Branson, you’ll find a spacious and contemporary terminal with service from several national airlines and a long list of shuttles and other local transportation providers. This state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of desirable features that include dining options, a gift shop, a news/magazine outlet, and a coffee shop. There’s also a handy “Cell Phone Lot” where folks picking up someone from the airport can park until their party calls to pick them up at the terminal.
Location: 5000 West Kearney, Springfield MO 65803
Commercial Air Services: Allegiant - American - Delta - United
Car Rental Services: Avis - Budget - Enterprise - Dollar - Hertz - National/Alamo - Payless - Thrifty
Local Transportation: Cab: Green Shuttle Taxi Service - Springfield Orange Taxi & Car Service Limousine: Fisk Limousines/Martin Rental & Leasing (There is no regularly scheduled bus/shuttle service between the airport and Branson.)
Airport Amenities: McAlister’s Deli (two locations) - The Riverbend (breakfast and burgers) - Rove Coffee - Route 66 News & Gifts - CNBC News-Springfield
GA Services: 24-hour line service personnel - private conference room - pilot’s lounge - vending area with complimentary coffee, tea, and ice - computerized flight-planning room - ramp shuttle service - more
M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK): Exclusively offering general aviation services, the Downtown Airport in Branson welcomes fly-ins, and offers a pilot’s lounge, conference room, fuel, and rental cars through Avis. There is a 10,000 square foot terminal with a spacious lobby area that’s available for receptions and other events, hangar space and 30 tie-down places for aircraft, flight training services, and more. Chopper Charter Branson is also onsite and available for scenic tours and chartered flights.
Location: 491 Blue Sky Lane, Point Lookout MO 65726 (Hollister) Phone: 417.332.1848
Airports - Other Options
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA): Only about a couple of hours south of Branson, this contemporary airport offers service from United, Allegiant, American, and Delta, a cell phone lot, and car rental service from Dollar, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and National. There are several dining options, a Say Si Bon Gourmet Market, Core Brewing Company, and a Jammin’ Java coffee shop.
Location: One Airport Boulevard, Bentonville AR 72712
Boone County Regional Airport (KHRO): Just thirty minutes south of Branson with direct access to Highway 65, this small, but updated, Harrison Arkansas airport offers direct flights to Dallas and Memphis through Southern Airways Express, rental cars through Hertz and Enterprise, and GA services that include T-hangars, corporate hangars, shed hangars, 24-hour restroom facilities, fuel services and more.
Location: 2524 Airport Road, Harrison AR 72601
Kansas City International Airport (MCI): Although it’s not nearly as convenient, if you’re budget is tight, you might be able to save some money by flying into Kansas City, renting a car, and taking the 3.5 hour drive south to Branson. MCI is served by a long list of airlines that includes US Airways, AirTran, American, United, Delta, Southwest, Continental, Frontier, and Northwest. Rental car services are plentiful, and include Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Payless, Thrifty, Avis, and Hertz. Several fun places to visit can be found along the way, including the original Bass Pro Shops and Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, and America’s only ride-through cave - Fantastic Caverns near Springfield.
Location: Kansas City MO 64153
St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL): St. Louis is another option for a “fly and drive” visit to Branson - it’s about 3.75 hours northeast of Branson, and is served by several airlines, including American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta, and United. Rental cars are available through Budget, Thrifty, National, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, and others. Both St. Louis and Kansas City are easy drives to Branson, but the St. Louis route is a bit more scenic; it also offers some easy side-trips to places like the picture-book city of Hermann - a little further off the path, you’ll find Meramec Caverns.
Location: 10701 Lambert International Boulevard, St. Louis MO 63145
Transportation Services in Branson
Downtown Branson Trolley: To get around in Historic Downtown Branson, including to and from Branson Landing, the free trolley system - Sparky - offers thirteen stops and operates year-round (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.) Stops are clearly marked and easy to find.
Branson Limousine & Executive Charter: Services offered by Branson Limousine include airport transfers - Branson and Springfield/Branson airports, St. Louis and Kansas City airports, Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa airports. Vehicles include an Executive Sedan, Executive SUV, Super Stretch Limousine, and an Excursion Limousine. They also offer Christmas light tours around Branson and charter services for special events.
Contact Information: 417.331.1316 Address: 140 Sterling Way, Hollister MO 65672
Ryde with Us: Offers shuttle services to and from Branson Airport and Springfield/Branson National Airport. They also provide transportation throughout Branson and to a long list of surrounding communities and attractions, including Kimberling City, Harrison AR, Silver Dollar City/Indian Point, Forsyth, and Dogwood Canyon.
Contact Information: 417.336.2625 - Address: 1764 Buena Vista Road, Branson MO 65616
The Branson Loop: Offers shuttle services to and from Branson Airport and Springfield/Branson National Airport, as well as attractions like the Showboat Branson Belle and Silver Dollar City, and other area landmarks, like Chateau on the Lake. They also offer event transportation, organized group tours, and a party bus. Car trouble on a Friday night? The Loop has an auto repair shop with weekend hours designed to keep visitors from having to wait until Monday for emergency services.
Contact Information: 417.320-6035 Auto Repair: 417.320.6238 Address: 112 Auburn Road, Branson MO 65616
Branson Coach: This proudly veteran-owned and local transportation service offers chartered motor coach services, area tours, airport transfers, Christmas light tours, and more. They also offer national motor coach transportation services.
Contact Information: 417.339.4888 Address: 3005 West 76 Country Boulevard, Branson MO 65616
J. Howard Fisk Limousines, Inc: This Springfield-based transportation company offers airport transfer, regional charters, limousines for special occasions, private car services, and hourly transportation services. One of the longest-operating services in the region, they maintain an expansive fleet of coaches, buses, sedans, and stretch limousines.
Contact Information: 417.862.2900 Address: 2001 East Trafficway, Springfield MO 65802
Branson Gray Line: Offers airport transfer services as well as coaches and shuttles for groups visiting Branson.
Contact Information: 800.542.6768 Address: 155 Industrial Park Drive, Hollister MO 65672
The Branson area is also home to several transportation services that primarily offer shuttle services and/or sightseeing tours for groups, including 1st Class Shuttle Service/Sightseeing Tours and VIP Tours of Branson. VIP has several popular tours: Discover Branson City, Taste of Branson, Progressive Dinner, and Christmas Light Tours - you can book these tours by calling 877.688.3179, and take care of your lodging and show tickets at the same time. For help with group tours to Branson, contact Group Travel of Branson at 417.213.8233.
Getting to Branson, and around town while you’re here, is easier than ever! We hope you’ll make your next visit a long one, because our least favorite transportation service is the one that takes you back home!