Getting Around Denver

Denver International Airport is located about 20 miles to the east of downtown. It's served by most major domestic carriers. Frontier Airlines is a discount carrier with its hub at DIA and service to and from San Francisco, the Twin Cities, and other US cities. Jet Blue makes inexpensive flights to Denver from New York. The airport is located amidst rolling plains, far from any conceivable local destination. A public skyRide bus goes to downtown Denver for $8 one way, $13 round-trip. The airport is often crowded due to its design of having a single central screening station, followed by a train that passengers must take for access to concourses B and C. It can take up to an hour to get from the ticket line to the gate, so travelers should get to the airport at least 1.5 hours before the scheduled departure time.

U.S. Highway 40 connects Denver to Salt Lake City, to the west. Interstate 25 connects Denver to Colorado Springs in the south and Cheyenne Wyoming in the North. U.S. Highway 36 connects to the North western suburbs and eventually to Boulder. Heading for the southern suburbs, Hwy E470 is a toll road that will cost you $5 each way, and connects to the Northwest Parkway (also a toll road) and C-470 to form a 3/4 loop around the Denver Metro Area. I-25 (north and south), I-70 (east and west), and I-76 (northeast) are the major interstates leading in and out of the city. I-225 and I-270 cross the Denver area.

Amtrak serves Denver at Union Station (DEN). The California Zephyr stops once a day, and continues east to Chicago, and west to California.

Greyhound station is located in downtown a few blocks away from Coors Field and other central attractions. It is serviced by Greyhound and Skyride buses. The station also has storage lockers, which can be rented hourly.

Public transportation is still fairly underdeveloped, especially outside of the central core of the city. However, Denver does have a light rail system that can get you around downtown, and some sections of south central and southeast Denver. Most light rail lines connect to downtown Denver on to either the central part of downtown or to Union Station. There are also many RTD buses you can take for additional travel throughout the city. RTD offers a free shuttle bus along the 16th Street pedestrian mall, which has a length of 1.25 mile and takes you close to most places downtown.

If you do have a car, you could definitely park it near downtown (there are many places within reasonable walking distance of downtown that have completely free parking, especially in the Golden Triangle and Commons Park areas) to visit the central part of the city.

Car rentals are the most convenient for of transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenience vis-a-vis return policies and times. Car Rental Companies includes: Alamo Rent A Car (1-800-462-5266); Avis Rent A Car (1-800-331-1212); Budget Rent A Car (1-800-527-0700); Dollar Rent A Car (1-800-800-3665); E-Z Rent-A-Car ( 1-800-277-5171); Enterprise Rent-A-Car ( 1-800-261-7331); Hertz Car Rental (1-800-654-3131); Thrifty (1-800-847-4389)