Thursday, December 2, 2021

The best way to get from Denver airport to downtown

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.

Public transport

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.

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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.

Eric Lutzens, The Denver Post

Passengers board the RTD commuter train to the airport at Union Station in downtown Denver on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

There are eight stations on line A.

  • Denver International Airport
  • 61st boulevard and boulevard Peña
  • 40th Avenue and Airport Boulevard
  • Peoria
  • 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.

Driving

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.

The best way to get from Denver airport to downtown

Kelsey Brunner, The Denver Post

DENVER, Colorado – July 16: People wait for their Island 5 travel exchange service at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (Photo by Kelsey Brunner / The Denver Post)

Ridesher

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.

Taxi

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.

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