What is the nearest International Airport to Yellowstone and how good are the transport links between the two (we normally drive).
I think Denver is the closest with non stop flights from London. From there it is an 8.5-9 hour drive to the Yellowstone area. Salt Lake is a 5+ hour drive.
Just wanted to add Idaho Falls Airport, which puts you 90 minutes for Jackson and just under 2 hours to West Yellowstone. We are also served by the hubs in Seattle, Denver, Minniapollis, and Salt Lake City.
Just depends on how much driving you want to do and whether your carrier can get you close enough.
We are looking forward to our second trip in June this year and are flying into Salt Lake City again. It took us 5 hours to drive from West Yellowstone straight down the interstate to SLC on our first trip.
On our first trip we drove to Lava Hot Springs (where we were spending our first week) on arrival in SLC, but it was dark and quite tiring after a long flight. This year we are staying overnight just outside SLC then continuing at our leisure next day.
You can't get a direct flight from Manchester - it would have to be Heathrow - and I believe there would have to be 2 connections to get nearer than SLC. When I was researching I found it quite expensive to fly to Jackson (which I would have preferred) so as we have two drivers we went for SLC again.
The only difference this time is we are connecting in Newark New Jersey, instead of Chicago (where we have had a couple of bad experiences). Chicago is a huge airport with little connection time allowed and it is touch and go whether you make your connection and we have had better luck with Newark. I think BMI do Manchester/Chicago/SLC.
As you have driven in the USA previously, you will know it is a doddle compared to the UK and the drive from SLC is quite scenic (if you keep off the interstate).
Thanks for the fantastic response. We enjoy fly driving in the U.S. so Salt Lake seems to be a good option and there seems to be a great deal to see other than Yellowstone in the area.
When I returned from LHR to San Francisco recently some folks headed to Salt Lake were on the flight. Perhaps this was cheaper than the conventional route from LHR to DENver, CO. Salt Lake is not really well connected to UK, so expect an additional stop, like Denver, Chicago, or even Atlanta before you get to SLC.
Regarding the drive. The drive from Salt Lake to Yellowstone is more beautiful than the drive from Denver will be, and it is shorter. The drive from Denver to Lander, WY does not have a lot of scenery, regardless of how you get to Lander. From Salt Lake, you should take 89 to 189 for the direct scenic route, or take I-15 to Idaho Falls, and then turn east into Wyoming. The latter may be faster, but not as grand.
Jackson International (JAC) is located 60 miles south of the southern entrance to YNP with a beautiful drive up through the Tetons. There are non-stops into JAC from Denver, Houston and Atlanta or one-stops through Salt Lake City (SLC).
I always suggest people price their flights into SLC, Idaho Falls (IFA) and JAC to see which is the best when weighed with the drives.
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