Sandpoint is located at the crossroads of federal and state highways. U.S. Highway 95 passes through Sandpoint from north to south. U.S. Highway 2 runs east to west and connects Sandpoint to Spokane to the west and Montana to the east. Highway 200 connects Sandpoint with Missoula, Montana. Below are approximate highway mileages to major cities:
- Boise, ID 450 mi.
- Portland 400 mi.
- Butte, MT 340 mi.
- Seattle 350 mi.
- Calgary, Alberta 425 mi.
- Spokane 80 mi.
- Missoula, MT 200 mi.
- Coeur d'Alene 45 mi.
Sandpoint is also situated on three major railroad lines. It has the only Amtrak passenger service in Idaho with a daily train to Seattle and Portland to the west and Chicago to the east.
The Sandpoint Airport has a 5,500-foot paved runway rated up to 40,000 pounds gross weight single-wheel load. An instrumentation approach allows Sandpoint to handle commercial airline flights in addition to landing corporate jets. Spokane International Airport, 80 miles away, serves 10 major airlines and provides regularly scheduled flights to destinations anywhere in the world.
Local public transportation is now provided by North Idaho Community Express in Sandpoint, which has regular, fixed routes from Sandpoint to Coeur d’Alene and within Sandpoint.
A dramatic entrance to Sandpoint, when you cross the Long Bridge traveling north on Highway 95, you know that you "have arrived."