Driving and Commuting
Montgomery County is traversed by two interstate highways, five U.S. highways and several state routes.
Interstate 85, which begins in Virginia, ends in Montgomery at an interchange with Interstate 65. Though Interstate 85 typically runs north-south in other states, it runs east-west as it terminates in Montgomery.
Interstate 65 is a north-south freeway through the city of Montgomery. It leads to Mobile in the south, and to Birmingham and Huntsville in the north.
U.S. Route 31, which connects northern Michigan to southern Alabama, is a north-south route in the western portion of Montgomery County. U.S. Route 231 runs parallel to U.S. Route 31 on the eastern side of the county. In between them, U.S. Route 331 runs north through the county, ending in the city of Montgomery.
U.S. Route 80 is an east-west route that crosses the south part of the city. U.S. Route 82 runs diagonally southeast to northwest, leading to Prattville in the north.
State Route 94 is an east-west route that connects the towns of Ada and Orion in southern Montgomery County. State Route 110 connects the county with the town of Union Springs in the east. State Route 126 runs alongside U.S. Route 80 and Interstate 85 for 11 miles in the northeastern part of the county. State Route 152, a 6-mile route in the northeastern part of the city, connects to Interstate 65/U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 231. State Route 271 is a north-south route that connects U.S. Route 82/231 and Interstate 85.
CommuteSmart Montgomery can help you find local ride-sharing opportunities, like car pools and van pools, with their free, online ride-matching database. Visit www.commutesmart.org/montgomery for more information.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency — Licensing Bureau
301 S. Ripley St. 334-242-4400
1040 Coliseum Blvd. 334-274-0306
The Licensing Bureau issues driver’s licenses and identification cards. Find many of the required forms, general information and drivers’ manuals online at the bureau’s website.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Alabama from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all Alabama residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Alabama Driver Manual, which can be viewed at www.alea.gov/Documents/Manuals/DriverLicenseManual.pdf.
Alabama Department of Revenue — Motor Vehicle Division
100 S. Lawrence St. 334-832-1233
3425 McGehee Road 334-281-9999
5449 Atlanta Highway 334-272-8505
3075 Mobile Highway 334-262-4226
The Motor Vehicle Division is responsible for issuing motor vehicle titles, maintaining vehicle registration information and enforcing the Mandatory Liability Insurance Act.
Information and forms associated with vehicle registration are available online at https://revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle, including Motor Vehicle Division forms, requests for driving records and more.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain Motor Vehicle Division exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the division’s website.
Except for novice drivers, Alabama does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, because localities are allowed to enact their own cellphone laws, making or receiving calls without a hands-free device may be illegal in some towns.
Texting while driving is prohibited in Alabama.
Alabama Department of Transportation
Visit the Alabama Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.
Getting to & Around in Montgomery County
Located in Central Alabama at the intersection of interstate highways 85 and 65, Montgomery County is about 150 miles southwest of Atlanta, 90 miles south of Birmingham and 155 miles north of Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 150 miles northeast, and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, 100 miles northwest, are the largest airports in the region. Montgomery Regional Airport, 8 miles from Maxwell Air Force Base, also serves the local area with three airlines.
Ground transportation is provided by a public transit bus service and several other options. If you’re looking to explore the city in a memorable way, take a Segway tour or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is Alabama’s largest airport. About 100 miles from Maxwell AFB, the airport serves the greater Birmingham area and surrounding Southeast cities with more than 100 daily flights to 25 cities throughout the U.S. The airport serves more than 2.6 million passengers each year. Carriers include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Nine car rental agencies, taxis and shuttle service are available.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 N. Terminal Parkway, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30320
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, with more than 100 million passengers each year. The airport, about 160 miles from Maxwell AFB, is served by nine domestic carriers and nine international carriers.
Ground transportation includes shuttle, bus, train and taxi service, as well as 13 car rental agencies.
Montgomery Regional Airport
4445 Selma Highway
Montgomery, AL 36108
Montgomery Regional Airport is just 6 miles southwest of the capital and about 8 miles from Maxwell AFB. The airport covers 2,000 acres and serves 16 counties in Central Alabama. About 400,000 travelers fly in and out of Montgomery Regional Airport annually. The airport is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Via Airlines, which provides nonstop service from Montgomery to Orlando Sanford International Airport.
Two car rental agencies are available at the airport, as are taxi, shuttle and bus services.
Capitol City Carriage Service
403 Holly Ridge Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109
Explore downtown Montgomery from a romantic horse-drawn carriage. Carriage tours start on the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa streets. Carriage drivers relate historical facts and stories about the city on 20- and 40-minute tours. Specialty tours are also available. For tour schedules and prices, visit the service’s
Montgomery Area Transit System
2318 W. Fairview Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36108
Montgomery Area Transit System provides fixed route and paratransit service within the city limits. The fixed-route system averages 2,500 trips daily and more than 700,000 trips annually. Fourteen fixed routes are served by a fleet of 34 buses. Passes may be purchased at the main office on Fairview Avenue and at the Intermodal Transfer Center at 495 Molton St.
300 Water St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Check out Montgomery via a guided Segway tour. Glide down the Riverwalk, cruise around downtown Montgomery or Wetumpka, visit the Capitol and Civil Rights locales or customize your own Segway tour. One-on-one training sessions with each rider and helmets are