Anyone have any easy directions out of the airport to Highway 65? Or an alternate route?
First time visitors. Thanks.
The Branson Hotel on Main Street. We would have preferred not to rent a car but the shuttles are very
expensive. I've read about the traffic. Is 160 a less crowded road?
Your best bet is I-44E to 65S.
SGF is an incredibly small airport ~ you will not be overwhelmed with traffic leaving the airport.
You will only be on I-44E for maybe 5-10 minutes...once you exit to the right onto 65S, it’s a straight stretch and pretty scenery starts in about 15 or 20 minutes.
Would also recommend I-44E to 65S if you're driving from Springfield to Branson. Usually the traffic between the two areas isn't that busy or bad until you're getting pretty close to town. Weather and other conditions can affect the traffic, but it is a straight stretch (albeit hilly) to get to Branson.
Now, once you're in Branson, the traffic is a lot more likely to be bad/busy at times, especially during peak hours when shows are starting and/or letting out. Would recommend reviewing some of the alternate routes (i.e., red, blue, yellow) for options off of main street. Included link below for ease of reference:
With your hotel on main street, you're going to be dealing with some of the city traffic, but it helps being able to use the yellow or blue routes to circumvent driving the entire strip if you don't need to stay on main street.