Branson transportation became a lot easier when privately-owned-and-operated Branson Airport
opened in May 2009, just eight miles south of Branson. Until then, the Springfield-Branson National Airport was the closest commercial airport. Three airlines currently serve the Branson Airport: AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress. They provide non-stop service to Atlanta, Denver and other hubs. Rental cars are available from Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Branson Gray Line
is the exclusive provider of the airport’s ground transportation services. The Branson Gray Line hotel shuttle serves all Branson hotels and is available until 30 minutes after flight arrival or by reservation. Rates are $14 per person with a two-person minimum. Branson Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and City Cab provide taxi service. Fares to downtown Branson run about $15. If your preferred carrier doesn’t service Branson Airport, check out the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Located about 50 miles north of Branson, this airport is served by six carriers: Allegiant Air, American Connection, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Northwest Airlink and United Express. They operate nonstop flights to 12 major hubs, greatly expanding your air travel options. Ground Branson transportation choices include taxis, limos, and five car rental companies. While some hotels offer shuttle service to Branson, there is no scheduled shuttle service between the Springfield-Branson National Airport and Branson.
Greyhound bus service recently opened in Hollister, the town neighboring Branson to the southeast. A northbound bus and southbound bus stop daily at the Spirit Shop, which sells tickets to any Greyhound
Aside from renting a car, taxis are the primary mode of Branson transportation. Branson has several taxi companies serving the area. Meters start at $2.30 and add $1.60 per mile. Some charge for more than two people. The longest trip across Branson, around 5.5 miles, will run you about $11. For most transportation needs, shuttles (private van service) cost less than taxis. They charge a flat rate (typically $7 to $10, less for short distances) for two to four people, depending on the company. Above that number of riders, they charge a per-person rate. The added benefit of shuttles is that you know exactly how much they’ll charge to a given destination.
It’s non-existent in this town. Well, except for the free trolley that makes a loop through Historic Downtown Branson and Branson Landing. If you don’t have your own wheels, you’ll need to rent or hire some to get around. Walking is an option if you’re staying on the Strip or downtown, as theaters, restaurants, shops and attractions in those areas are set close together. Just be warned that the terrain is hilly, and drivers tend not to see pedestrians.
Passenger vehicles rule the world of Branson transportation. Most visitors either drive themselves here or rent a car when they arrive. Be prepared to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic in peak season. And remember, most of the people driving are from out of town, looking at the sights or trying to find their way around. The key to driving around Branson, especially in peak season, is to familiarize yourself with alternate routes and cross streets so you can avoid driving on the Strip as much as possible. Branson’s system of color-coded routes helps guide drivers around town. Maps that show the routes are available at visitor and show ticket centers, and most restaurants, hotels and motels. Street signage also designates the color-coded routes.