Northland Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in Montana, while Trailways had a minor presence. Northland Greyhound Lines was affiliated with the Great Northern Railroad, the most significant railroad operating in the state.

1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.

US    2005/1976     Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

  2      6101  Williston-Havre                 Intermtn. Transp./Mo. Valley Trails
  2            Havre-Browning                  Intermountain Transportation Co.
  2      6300  Browning-Kalispell              Intermtn. Transp./Glacier Transp.
  2      4592  Kalispell-Bonners Ferry         Intermtn. Transp./Brown Bus Lines
 10       509  Glendive-Billings         NGL           Nor. Pac. Tran.  1934 NGL
 10  509  509  Billings-Bozeman          NGL           Nor. Pac. Tran.  1934 NGL
 10  509  509  Bozeman-Butte             NGL           George Oswald    1935 NGL
 10  509  509  Butte-Spokane             NWG           Spokane-Butte    1938 WMC
 12            Roundup-Lavina                  Canyon Transportation Co.
 12      6297  Lavina-Helena                   Canyon Transp./Rimrock Stages
 87      6309  Havre-Great Falls               Intermountain Transportation Co.
 87      6310  Great Falls-Lewistown     NGL     1935  ---------------  1935 NGL
 87      6310  Lewistown-Billings        NGL           Motor Transit L  1935 NGL
 87 4690 8506  Billings-Sheridan WY      BTC(T)        Billings-Sher.   1940 BTC
 89      6300  Glacier Park-Great Falls        Glacier Transportation Co.
 89      4602  Great Falls-Livingston          Glacier Transp./Belt Mtn. Transp.
 91      6308  Sweetgrass-Shelby         NGL     1938  ---------------  1938 NGL
 91      6308  Shelby-Butte              NGL     1932  Intermountain    1935 NGL
 91      6308  Butte-Idaho Falls ID            Intermountain Transportation Co.
 93      6311  Kalispell-Missoula              Intermountain Transportation Co.
 93            Missoula-Salmon ID              Intermountain Transportation Co.
191            Bozeman-West Yellowstone        Karst's Stage
287            Choteau-Augusta                 Glacier Transportation Co.
310 4689 8505  Billings-Greybull WY      BTC(T)        Royal Coach      1935 BTC

Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.

4682-4691  Powder River Transportation
6308-6312  Intermountain Transportation Co.


Northland Greyhound Lines (NGL) - incorporated 1929, acquiring Northland Transportation Co. (NTC) which had been incorporated in 1924, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Northwest Greyhound Lines (NWG) - incorporated 1947, acquiring Washington Motor Coach Co. (WMC) which had been incorporated 1924 as Yakima Northern Stages, renamed 1926 to Washington Motor Coach Co. Northwest Greyhound Lines was consolidated in 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound.


Burlington Transportation Co./Burlington Trailways (BTC) - formed 1929 as bus subsidiary of Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1946 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


Further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Montana.

Go to Chicago Transit & Railfan Web Site