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Helena is the state capital of Montana, in the Western Central part of the state.

Get in

By car

Interstate 15 runs north and south through Helena's eastern edge. US-12 runs east-west, and is the quickest connection from the Missoula area; US-12/287 leaves Helena to the southeast, towards Townsend and eastbound I-90 and Billings.

By plane

Helena Regional Airport (HLN IATA) [1] receives scheduled service on Delta to Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, United to Denver, and Alaska/Horizon to Seattle, with some flights passing through Great Falls. The airport is immediately northeast of the city, roughly three miles from downtown.

By bus

Greyhound serves Helena, buses stop at City Transit Centre on 1415 N Montana Ave.

Get around

A small bus network is provided by Helena Area Transit Service, buses depart once and fares cost $1.50. Also, there's a free shuttle between Capitol Hill Mall and the Capitol Building.


Montana Capitol Building
St Helena Cathedral
  • 1 Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing, +1 406 442-5825. Daily except during services; Summer tours on Tues, Weds, Thurs..
  • The Great Northern Carousel and Ice Cream Parlour is a must do when visiting the historic town of Helena. A hand carved Carousel was built in 2002 with a wide variety of native Montanan animals. They also feature delicious homemade ice cream with flavors like Missouri River Mud, Frog Mint, and Buffalo Jump.
  • 2 Montana State Capitol, 1301 E. 6th Ave. Summer, Mon-Sat 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, noon, 1:00 and 2:00, Sun noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00; Winter,Sat only 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, noon, 1:00 and 2:00; Self guided tours Self-guided tours Mon-Sat 8AM-5PM. Free.
  • 3 Old Fire Tower. An Old Fire Tower built in 1876.




  • 1 Silver Star Steak Company, 833 Great Northern Blvd, +1 406 495-0677. 6 categories of main courses. 5 types of steaks with different portion size options. Extensive wine list.


  • 4 Rialto, 52 N Last Chance Gulch, +1 406-442-1890. Popular downtown bar, with live music and DJs.


  • Elk View Bed and Breakfast, 88 Howard Beer Rd, Clancey (12 mi south of the city, along I-15), +1 406 442-1224. Check-in: 4PM-7PM, check-out: 11AM. A four room guest room lodge built with logs and set on 450 acres that feels like a park. The lodge has three large fireplaces, a hot tub and sauna. The breakfasts are recommended. $100-$125.
  • 1 Jorgenson's Inn & Suites, 1714 11th Ave (between 11th Ave and Prospect Avenue at Lamborn Street (next to Capital Hill Mall)), +1 406-442-1770. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12n. Jorgenson's Inn & Suites is a friendly hotel in the city center. Highlights of the property include free breakfast with every room, a fun bar and casino, an indoor pool, business center and Free Wifi in the main building, free on-site parking, round-trip airport shuttle, laundry facilities, coffee in the lobby, a microwave in the lobby, complimentary newspapers in the lobby and air conditioning in all rooms and public areas. 69.00.


Go next

Routes through Helena
LethbridgeGreat Falls  N I-15.svg S  ButteIdaho Falls
Missoula ← Elliston ←  W US 12.svg E  ForsythMiles City
Ends at US 89.svgChoteau  N US 287.svg S  → Townsend → Three Forks

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