The closest major airport is Salt Lake City International Airport, located in Salt lake City, Utah, at a driving distance of 341 miles from the city center of Bozeman, MT, which can be made in approximately 7 hours.
A car is not really necessary to get around in Bozeman, but it comes in handy, if you wish to take advantage of all the beautiful green surroundings and the great nearby attractions, such as Yellowstone, which is only 90 miles away from Bozeman, or the Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, which are just down the road. The large number of taxi companies, shuttle or bus (Greyhound) options, makes it easy for first-time visitors to get around.
However, having a car, while visiting Bozeman, could be the best idea, because this way you will have the freedom to explore the nearby attractions and surroundings, whenever you please. Be sure to grab a local map first, if you decide to get behind the wheel and start exploring the city and the surroundings, just to be sure that you will get to your desired destination, instead of somewhere else.
Easy! Just follow the driving directions listed below!
From Salt Lake City area (total driving time: 6 hours and 16 min): Start by driving on US-89/ S State Street, and then make a right onto SR-269 West/E 500 S/Cesar E Chavez Boulevard. Make a right onto S 500 W and then a left onto W 400 S. Take the ramp, right, for I-15 North. Make sure to keep right in order to remain on I-15 North. At exit 119, take the right ramp for US 20 East, toward Rexburg. Make a right onto US 20 East and than a left onto US 191/US 287/Canyon Street. Make a right to stay on US 191/Huffine Ln. Arrive at US 191/W Main Street.