Branson - Getting there & away, getting around
Branson - Getting there & away
Springfield/Branson Regional Airport is located in Springfield, Missouri with convenient interstate access to get you into Branson in just under one hour (40mi/64km). This regional hub airport offers 70 arrivals and departures daily with five carriers, offering access to and from over 80% of the country's airports. A variety of car rental agencies are available at the airport and in town. Shuttle, bus and limousine services from the airport are also available.
Branson has been dubbed a 'rubber tire' destination with the vast majority of tourists arriving by motor vehicles, RVs and tour buses. Branson can be accessed by using the major north/south arteries of highway 65 and 13. Hwy 65 is the main road leading from both Springfield to the north and Harrison, Arkansas from the south. Table Rock Lake, Kimberling City, and Silver Dollar City can be accessed from Hwy 13 on the west side of Branson. Branson is approximately 250mi (402km) from St Louis and 220mi (354km) from Kansas City. From St Louis, travelers come on Interstate 44 West to Hwy 65 South. Rail services into Branson are limited, but there is a daily Amtrak connection from Little Rock.
Getting around Branson
Getting around Branson without a car can be difficult as 'The Strip' is long and hilly, and public commuter services are limited. Walking is possible and allows you to avoid the worst of 'The Strip's' congestion and parking woes, but unless you've carefully planned your itinerary, the distances between venues, hotels and restaurants might prove tiresome. There are bypass routes that will direct you away from Hwy 76. The routes on the Branson Trip Router Time Saver Map parallel the general 'east west' direction of Hwy 76, between its junction with Business 65 in Historic Downtown Branson, at their eastern end and the junction of Hwy 376 and Hwy 76 at its western end. Look out for color-coded signs (Red, Blue, Yellow), to indicate the bypass routes.
A variety of car rental agencies are available at the airport and in town. Shuttle, bus and limousine services from the airport are also available.