Glacier National Park

Red Bus Tours

1 Many Glacier Road
Babb, Montana 59411


Scenic Red Bus Tours

The scenery and wildlife in Glacier National Park provides constant amazement and inspiration, for young and old alike. A fun way to reveal the deeper significance and meanings of the park is to spend time on an interpretive tour.

The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains, and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors.

The White Motor Company between 1936 and 1939 built glacier’s red-with-black trim vehicles. This fleet of Red Buses is considered the oldest intact fleet of passenger carrying vehicles anywhere. These 17 passenger convertible touring sedans are more than a mere means of transportation for locals and visitors - they are cherished, elegant icons of Glacier National Park

With their multiple doors and rollback canvas tops, the Reds are as much a part of Glacier National Park as the Going-to-the-Sun Road. While on a tour of the Park, you will marvel at the views from Logan Pass - 6646 feet high on the Continental Divide - the highest point on the breathtaking Going-to-the-Sun Road. By taking a Red Bus Tour, you are also helping the environment as they run on Propane which run 93% cleaner than gasoline

From half-day to full day tours, a Red Bus excursion of Glacier National Park is just what a relaxing vacation needs. Private Red Bus Tours are also available. Contact us to book your Red Bus Tour


East Side Tours


Big Sky Circle Tour
Begins: June 19, 2015; Ends: September 20, 2015
Duration: 8 Hours

The most inclusive tour of Glacier National Park starts with a morning drive over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick. After an optional lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge, tour the grand cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Ascend to the high alpine region of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down into the St. Mary Valley. Stop at the Wild Goose Island overlook for another incredible photo opportunity. The tour finishes with grand vistas of grassland, prairie and mountains as you arrive back at Glacier Park Lodge.

Pickup Locations

Glacier Park Lodge, E. Glacier — Adults: $90; Children: $45
Departs: 9 a.m.
Returns: 5 p.m.

Eastern Alpine Tour
Begins: June 19, 2015; Ends: September 20, 2015
Duration: 2.5-4.5 Hours

Start the tour on the unique and rugged eastern side of Glacier. Along the way, visit the stunning St. Mary Lake area and historic Rising Sun Motor Inn. Then, travel up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the Continental Divide and Logan Pass. Take in the infinite splendors and majestic scenery before returning to the flowering valleys and open prairies along the eastern slopes of Glacier National Park.

Pickup Locations

Many Glacier Hotel — Adults: $45; Children: $22.50
Departs: 8:30 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.*
Returns: 1 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.*

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn — Adults: $45; Children: $22.50
Departs: 8:35 a.m.; 2:05 p.m.*
Returns: 1 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.*

St. Mary Lodge — Adults: $35; Children: $17.50
Departs: 9:30 a.m.; 3:00 p.m.*
Returns: 12:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.*

Rising Sun Motor Inn — Adults: $30; Children: $15
Departs: 9:45 a.m.; 3:15 p.m.*
Returns: 12:15 p.m.; 5:45 p.m.*

*Evening departures available through September 6. 

East Side Many Glacier Centennial Crown of the Continent
Begins: June 19, 2015; Ends: September 20, 2015
Duration: 6-8 Hours

The journey starts on the rugged eastern slopes and follows the glacially carved valleys in the St. Mary region. Proceed into the heart of Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and to the top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Continue down the west side of the park for an optional lunch* at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, before heading back.

Pickup Locations

Many Glacier Hotel — Adults: $88; Children: $44
Departs: 9 a.m.
Returns: 5 p.m.

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn — Adults: $88; Children: $44
Departs: 9:05 a.m.
Returns: 4:55 p.m.

St. Mary Lodge — Adults: $68; Children: $34
Departs: 10 a.m.
Returns: 4:30 p.m.

Rising Sun Motor Inn — Adults: $58; Children: $29
Departs: 10:15 a.m.
Returns: 4:15 p.m.

*Please note that lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge is not included in the price of the tour, but there will be time for a break and lunch may be purchased at the property.

Old North Trail Tour
Begins: June 11, 2015; Ends: June 18, 2015
Duration: 6-8 Hours

Your journey begins in the glacially clad Swiftcurrent Valley and continues on through St. Mary and over the Hudson Bay Divide on the 10,000 year-old Old North Trail. Traverse through pristine mountain and prairie vistas on your way to an optional lunch at the historic Glacier Park Lodge Great Northern Dining Room. After lunch*, experience Glacier’s “secret” Two Medicine Valley with a short optional stroll to Running Eagle Falls and a stop at the historic Two Medicine Camp Store. Return to Many Glacier Valley after a short stop at the picturesque Wild Goose Island overlook on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Pickup Locations

Many Glacier Hotel — Adults: $60; Children: $30
Departs: 9 a.m.
Returns: 5 p.m.

St. Mary Lodge — Adults: $40; Children: $20
Departs: 10 a.m.
Returns: 4 p.m.

*Please note that lunch at Glacier Park Lodge is not included in the price of the tour, but there will be time for a break and lunch may be purchased at the property.



West Side Tours


Huckleberry Mountain Tour
Begins: May 23, 2015; Ends: June 18, 2015
Duration: 3.5 Hours

Delve into the great cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley on your way to Sacred Dancing Cascade. Return past Lake McDonald Lodge for amazing scenic and wildlife viewing opportunities on the tour up Camas Creek Road to the little explored North Fork region of Glacier National Park. Enjoy an easy and optional walk on the Huckleberry Mountain Nature Trail before your return trip through the spectacular burn areas from the fires of 2003.

Pickup Locations

Lake McDonald Lodge — Adults: $40; Children: $20
Departs: 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Returns: 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Apgar Visitor Center — Adults: $40; Children: $20
Departs: 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Returns: 1:00 p.m. and 6 p.m.

West Glacier KOA — Adults: $40; Children: $20
Departs: 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Returns: 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Optional walks available on the Trail of the Cedars or Huckleberry Nature Trail.

West Side Crown of the Continent Tour
Begins: June 19, 2015; Ends: September 20, 2015
Duration: 8-9.5 Hours

The journey starts in the cedar and hemlock forests of the Lake McDonald Valley. Travel up the Going-to-the-Sun Road along a glacially formed arête to the top of the Crown of the Continent at Logan Pass. Head down through the St. Mary Valley and out to the prairies of Big Sky Country. Continue into the magnificent Swiftcurrent Valley. Enjoy views of the valley during an optional lunch at Many Glacier Hotel or Swiftcurrent. Experience an encore vista on your return trip to the west side.

Pickup Locations

West Glacier KOA — Adults: $95; Children: $47.50
Departs: 8 a.m.
Returns: 5:30 p.m.

Apgar Visitor Center — Adults: $92; Children: $46
Departs: 8:30 a.m.
Returns: 5:15 p.m.

Lake McDonald Lodge — Adults: $88; Children: $44
Departs: 9 a.m.
Returns: 5 p.m.

*Please note that lunch at Many Glacier Hotel or Swiftcurrent Motor Inn is not included in the price of the tour, but there will be time for a break and lunch may be purchased at the property.

Western Alpine Tour
Begins: June 19, 2015; Ends: October 18, 2015

From October 2 – October 18, tours run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Start the tour in the great cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Traverse the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road to the high alpine region of the park and stand on top of the Continental Divide. Discover incredible mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers along the way as your Red Bus glides along the glacially carved Garden Wall.

Pickup Locations

Apgar Visitor Center — Adults: $55; Children: $27.50
Departs: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.*, 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.*
Returns: 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.*, 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.*

Lake McDonald Lodge — Adults: $50; Children: $25
Departs: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.*, 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.*
Returns: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.*, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.*

*Please note: These departures are only available July 1 through September 6.

Mountain Majesty Tour
Begins: July 1, 2015; Ends: September 20, 2015
Duration: 6-7.5 Hours

Start the tour in the Lake McDonald Valley, one of the few Montana rain forests. Then traverse along side the glacially carved valley while touring on the Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass. After a stop at the Continental Divide, head down into the cirques of the St. Mary Valley with an optional lunch or dinner* at Rising Sun’s Two Dog Flats Grill.

Pickup Locations

West Glacier KOA — Adults: $68; Children: $34
Departs: 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.*
Returns: 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.*

Apgar Visitor Center — Adults: $65; Children: $32.50
Departs: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.*
Returns: 4:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Lake McDonald Lodge — Adults: $58; Children: $29
Departs: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.*
Returns: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

*Please note: Afternoon departures for the 2015 season are available through September 6.

**Please note that lunch or dinner at Two Dog Flats Grill at Rising Sun Motor Inn is not included in the price of the tour, but there will be time and meals may be purchased at the property.



Roe Emery (1875-1953) was one of two principles behind the creation of Glacier’s iconic Red Buses. Emery and Walter White, a vice president of the Cleveland-based White Motor Company, which built the Red Buses, introduced transportation to the park in 1914.

Many in the current fleet of Red Buses have been in service since the mid-1930s. The Red Buses were the first authorized motor transportation utility in any National Park.

In 1936, with park reservations up more than 70 percent above 1935 levels, 18 new buses joined the fleet. The purchase was made from the White Motor Company for a price of $90,000.00.

The buses featured outside doors opposite each row of seats. A special feature included with this model was a roll-back top providing unobstructed sightseeing. This design was made by Count Alexis de Sakhoffsky, an industrial stylist in cooperation with officials of the White Motor Company and the Bender Body Company. The Red Buses have an oak, not metal, frame which support their bodies.


Here are some fast facts about the iconic Red Buses:

  1. The color of the Red Buses comes from the Ripe Mountain Ash Berry in Glacier N.P.
  2. The Red Buses run on gasoline and propane, which is 93% cleaner.
  3. The first transportation in Glacier was by means of four horse coaches of 11 passenger capacity.
  4. The Red Buses of Glacier were made by the White Motor Company and are Model 706.
  5. The Going-to-the-Sun road was first opened on July 15th, 1933
  6. Most of the roads on the East side of Glacier N.P. were built by the Great Northern Railroad.
  7. There were over 500 White Model 706’s made for different national parks in the US
  8. During the early years of touring, women were discouraged from riding in front because they distracted the male drivers.
  9. The drivers are called “Jammers” because they could be heard “Jamming” the gears of the red buses going up Going-to-the-Sun Road when the buses had standard transmissions.
  10. The Red Buses originally cost $5000 each back in 1936.
  11. The first official “Jammer Manual” was put together by George Ruhle, a Naturalist at Glacier N.P.
  12. No tours were offered in Glacier between 1943 and 1946 due to fuel rationing caused by the second World War.
  13. The first female Red Bus driver in Glacier was in the early 1980’s.
  14. The Red Buses received their first automatic transmissions in 1989.
  15. The Red Buses of Glacier are nicknamed “The Rubies of the Rockies”
  16. From 1914 through the 1970’s all Red Bus drivers were college-aged men, mostly in Pre-Law or Pre-Med
  17. On the bottom of the grill of the Red Buses, you can still see the area were the crank start used to be.
  18. Of the 33 buses on the road today, 17 are from 1936, 11 are from 1937, 4 are from 1938 and 1 is from 1939.
  19. The bus numbers represent the order in which they arrived in the park. For example, bus number 97 was the 97th vehicle to be put into service in Glacier.
  20. In 2006, a Red Bus from Glacier National Park, was featured in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
  21. In 2008, a Red Bus was shipped out to Washington, D.C., to transport the Secretary of the Interior to the kick-off of the National Park Service’s 2016 100th Anniversary Celebration.
  22. The Red Buses, on average, transport 60,000 tourist each summer through Glacier N.P.
  23. The first Transportation Manager in Glacier was A.K. Holmes in 1914.
  24. In addition to touring guests around Glacier, the buses have also served as evacuation vehicles in times of fire or flooding.
  25. Ford Motor Company donated over $6 Million to restore 33 buses to keep them in operation.
  26. 2011 marked the 75th anniversary of the 1936 buses giving tours in Glacier National Park.
  27. The Model 706 White Buses are the third generation of touring buses in Glacier National Park.
  28. The fleet of 33 buses in Glacier are widely considered to be the oldest touring fleet of vehicles anywhere in the world.
  29. Each red bus is estimated to be worth $250,000.



Rates: All rates are quoted in U.S. funds and approved by the National Park Service. Rates listed on the website are subject to change at any time without notice. Our rates are subject to approval by the National Park Service and the new rates are not always established at the time of booking, however your deposit will guarantee your reservation at the rate reserved. Any modifications to your reservation(s) will result in the tour(s) or shuttle(s) being subject to the current applicable rate.

Deposits and Cancellations: Each tour reservation requires full payment at the time of reservation. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must contact us and obtain a cancellation number by 6:00 PM Mountain time at least three days prior to the tour departure date to receive a refund. Reservations cancelled within three days of the tour departure date will result in a forfeiture of your payment.

General Policies: Park entry fees, taxes, surcharge, and gratuity are not included. Prices for all tours include transportation and guide service only. In accordance with D.O.T. regulations, every passenger must be booked in a seat. Adults are considered 12 years of age and older, and children are ages 2-11.  Due to the historic nature of the buses, car seats are not permitted,  children under age 2 ride free in the lap of an adult, however reservations are required

Special Notes: Each bus can accommodate a maximum of 17 passengers plus one driver. We cannot guarantee that all guests in a large group will be on the same bus. Construction delays may occur. **Full tour dependent upon access to Logan Pass Visitor Center. Tours will go rain or shine and if the full tour is not available due to the Going-to-the-Sun Road closures, alternate routes will be provided. Beginning and ending dates are subject to change based on the seasonal opening and closing of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. For current road status updates, we recommend visiting the National Park Services website.



1 Many Glacier Road
Babb, Montana 59411

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Glacier Park Red Bus tours depart from both the east and west sides of the park. All tours are round trip, departing from and returning to the same location.

East side departure points include: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, Many Glacier Hotel and Rising Sun Motor Inn (all inside the park), various spots in the town of St. Mary’s, Johnson’s (for their hotel guests only) and at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier (all outside the park).

West side departure points include: Apgar Visitor Center, Village Inn at Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge (all inside the park), plus a couple spots near the west entrance to the park.

Contact Info

To book, or for more information, call us toll-Free: 1-800-299-0396

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