Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) is exactly as it states, a regional airport. If you can’t find a convenient flight, it’s best to fly into Birmingham or Atlanta airport, then drive here. Rental car agencies serving the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National, and Thrifty brands. Car rental counters are on the ground level between Concourse C and B. Take Highway 80 East to reach downtown in about 15 minutes. Taxis from the airport to downtown Montgomery should cost about $20.
There is no Amtrak service to Montgomery at present, but Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are collectively working on a High Speed Rail plan to restore passenger rail.
Lightening Route Trolley
One of the most fun things you can do for a pocket change ride on the faux-vintage bus. Two Routes, the Green and the Gold circulate the downtown area at 20-minute intervals between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday thru Saturday. The trolleys provide passengers transportation to many of the City’s Landmarks, Historical sites, and Government centers. Catch it at Historic Union Station Transportation Center or board it anywhere along its famous route.
Harriott II Riverboat
Come on down to the River and re-live history while enjoying a relaxing cruise on Montgomery’s newest downtown attraction, the Harriott II; docked beside the uniquely built Riverwalk Amphitheater, this elegant 19th Century riverboat is the center stage of Montgomery’s entertainment district. Daytime boarding 11:00a, Friday Dinner boarding 7p, Saturday Sun Setter boarding 4:30p; Evening Dinner cruises 2 hours and Daytime cruises 1 hour. The minimum limit for cruising is 15 paying customers, tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.
ADDRESS: Riverfront Box Office 200 Coosa Street, Montgomery, AL MAP
Montgomery Freeway Network: Montgomery is only a 2-hour drive southwest of Atlanta on Interstate 85. It is 1 hour and 15 minutes from Birmingham. Selma is one hour west and Tuskegee is 45 minutes east of Montgomery. Traffic from the airport is moderate during commute hours, but plan to arrive at the airport no less than 60 minutes before your flight. The city sits at the junction of two interstate freeways.