Businesses cite Idaho’s easy access to key markets throughout the U.S. and beyond as a major factor in their decision to locate here.

Air Access


Idaho is well-connected to the world aviation system. We have seven commercial airports scattered around the state. The state’s largest airport, the Boise Airport in Idaho’s capital city, has nonstop service to 19 destinations across the United States with flights to 7 of the 10 busiest airports in the nation – which makes connecting to international destinations simple. Nearly 4 million passengers traveled through the Boise Airport in 2018, a record number for the airport.

Road Access

With five interstates, 20 U.S. highways, and 30 state highways, Idaho has a stable transport system to support your shipping needs.

Rail Access

Over 1,500 miles of rail bisect Idaho, transiting more than 100 million metric tons of freight each year. Established Class I railroad companies such as Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe operate within the state and provide competitive shipping costs.

Rail Transit Times from Boise

Rail transit times graph.

  • Salt Lake City
    1 Day
    1 Day
  • Seattle
    1.5 Days
    1.5 Days
  • Denver
    2 Days
    San Francisco
    2 Days
  • Los Angeles
    3 Days
    5 Days

Sea Access

The furthest that sea cargo can transit into the western coast of the United States is located on the Colombia River at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. The port has full intermodal capabilities and provides the largest crane, warehouse, and grain storage facility on the inland river system.