A number of RTD/SkyRide buses run from the airport to different locations in and around Denver, such as AA buses (to Northglenn/Thornton), AB buses (to Boulder via Route 36) and AT buses (to Denver Tech/Aurora). A trip from the airport to central parts of Denver generally takes around 30-45 minutes. You can check the different routes from the RTD/SkyRide website.
A one-day bus pass is $9. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver (please note that you will need to have exact change!) or at the vending machines at the bus station.
Buses run every 15 minutes from around 3:30 AM–00:00 AM.
The bus station is located at the Transit Center, next to the Westin Denver International Airport hotel (from baggage claim on level 5, follow the signs for 'Transit Center', exit through the glass doors at the south end of the Jeppesen Terminal and take the escalator down to level 1).
All RTD buses are wheelchair accessible, and an RTD info booth is located at the DEN Transit Center (open 8:00 AM–5:30 PM on weekdays, and 8:00 AM–4:00 PM on weekends).
The RTD train, University of Colorado/A Line, is a convenient way to get to and from the airport to downtown Denver. The trip to Denver Union Station takes about 37 minutes.
A ticket from the airport costs $9, and is valid for unlimited rides on the A Line and the entire RTD Light Rail System for the entire day. You can purchase tickets at the vending machines located on the train platform (they accept both cash and credit cards).
Trains run every 15 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes late at night/early in the morning, from 3:00 AM–1:00 AM (check the schedule online).
There are eight stations along the A Line: Denver International Airport, 61st and Peña Boulevard, 40th Avenue and Airport Boulevard, Peoria, Central Park, 40th and Colorado Boulevard, 38th and Blake Street, and finally Denver Union Station.
The airport station is located under the airport's hotel and transit center, directly underneath the new Westin Denver International Airport hotel and conference center. From baggage claim on level 5, follow the signs for 'Transit Center', exit through the glass doors at the south end of the Jeppesen Terminal and take the escalator down to level 1.
A taxi ride to downtown Denver takes about 30 minutes, depending on the time of day/traffic.
A number of different taxi companies offer a flat rate of around $55 to downtown Denver, $62 to Denver Tech (airport access fee included), plus a 5 fee for every additional drop, if there are multiple stops/you're sharing a taxi with someone.
There are also metered taxis – a ride from Denver Airport to downtown Denver typically costs somewhere around $60-70, plus a $4.57 airport access fee.
Taxi ranks are located outside of Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, doors 505, 507 and 511 (east side of the terminal), and doors 506, 510 and 512 (west side of the terminal).
Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft can also pick up passengers at the Westin Denver International Airport porte cochère, which is located on the west side of level 1.
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