Many joke that Denver International Airport is actually located in the neighboring state of Kansas. The airport in white tents may be just 25 miles from downtown Mile High City, but getting into the city center after landing can definitely be challenging.
Here’s how to get from Denver airport to downtown after you’ve entered the runway.
Perhaps the best way to get from Denver airport to downtown is on the A Line commuter train. Like most other forms of public transport in the area, it is operated by RTD. The train runs 23 miles between the airport and Denver Union Station and takes 37 minutes. The train departs every 15 minutes during peak hours and every half hour outside office hours. Tickets cost $ 10.50 and can be purchased from machines at each station or from the RTD app.
To catch the train, you will travel to the Transit Center, located at ground level outside Westin, and can be accessed from the south side of the terminal.
There are eight stations on line A.
- Denver International Airport
- 61st boulevard and boulevard Peña
- 40th Avenue and Airport Boulevard
- Central park
- 40th Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard
- 38th and Blake Street
- Denver Union Station
Several Line A stations offer overnight parking at lower prices than airport stations, including 61st and Peña; Central Park, 38th Street and Blake for those looking to park and drive.
You can also take a bus from the transit center. Lines RTD AB, AT, 104L, 145X and 169L stop there and Bustang, which can take you through Colorado.
By car, the easiest way to get from Denver Airport to the city center is along several main roads. You will first exit the airport on Boulevard Peña; then you will exit Interstate 70 West until the junction with Interstate 25 South, which takes you to the city center.
If someone picks you up in the car, head to Level 4 from the West or East Terminal and your friend or family member will meet you there if they follow the arrival signs.
If you are driving on your own, DIA has several different car parks. Some can be reached on foot; others require a short bus ride that will pick you up at the DEN Transit Center located on the ground floor outside Westin Denver International Airport, which is accessed from the south side of the terminal. You can check the status of frequently overcrowded and sometimes full airport parking lots here.
Buses to all 10 major car rental locations can be found at Level 5, Island 4, outside doors 505-513 on the east side and under doors 504-512 on the west side.
Lyft and Uber serve Denver Airport, with pickup at Level 5 on Island 5. Passengers requesting rides in these apps will follow ground transportation signs and then exit the terminal through doors 506-510 on the west side or 507-511 at east side. … It is level 5 next to the baggage claim area and then you will travel to island 5 to meet your driver.
Officials say you should wait to request a ride until you collect your luggage at baggage claim or arrive at level five.
Taxis are ready to take you from Denver Airport to the city center or other points in the metro area. There is a zonal system with a one-way flat rate that includes taxes.
- City Center (Zone A) – $ 56.03
- Denver Tech. Center (Zone B) – $ 62.03
- Boulder (Zone C) – $ 89.03
- Tower Road (Zone D) – $ 29.03
- Broomfield and Louisville Borough: $ 71.03 (yellow taxi only)
All other areas that can be reached by taxi are calculated by the meter.
Taxi pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal is at level 5, island 1, outside doors 505, 507 and 511 on the east side and under doors 506, 510 and 512 on the west side.
Bicycle stands are located on the east and west sides of the transit center or at the north end of the arrival road, either on the east or west side.
It seems more likely that a cyclist will take his bike with him for public transport rather than travel all the way to the airport on two wheels.
Peña Boulevard is technically a bike trail in Denver, but road conditions near the highway make it a challenging ride. Colorado Public Radio tried to find someone who cycled to the airport and found the ride more of a novelty than a convenience.