The A Line commuter train, operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), offers convenient transportation between DEN and downtown Denver:
- Distance: 23 miles of track from DEN to downtown’s Denver Union Station
- Travel time: 37 minutes from DEN to Denver Union Station
- Frequency: trains run every 15 minutes during peak travel times, and every 30 minutes from 3 a.m. – 5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (for exact departure and arrival times, please consult the schedule on the RTD website)
- Tickets: A Line tickets may be purchased using cash or credit cards at the ticket vending machines located at the train stations or at the DEN Transit Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the RTD Information Booth at the Transit Center
- Passenger capacity: two paired cars accommodate 182 seated and 158 standing passengers
- Fare: the airport fare is $10.50 per day from any of the stations along the A Line and includes unlimited rides on the A Line during a single business day and well as serving as a Regional pass should you desire to go elsewhere
About the A Line Stations
- There are a total of eight stations along the A Line:
- Denver International Airport
- 61st and Peña Boulevard
- 40th Avenue and Airport Boulevard
- Central Park
- 40th and Colorado Boulevard
- 38th and Blake Street
- Denver Union Station
- DEN owns and operates an 800-space parking lot located at the 61st and Peña Boulevard station, which is located on airport property. The cost to park is $2 for 12 hours or $4 for a 24-hour period.
For schedules and more information about the A Line commuter train and buses to and from DEN, visit the RTD website.
Luxury limousines offer pre-arranged services to destinations within the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado. Contact the limousine company of your choice to set up transportation service.
If you have arranged for limousine transport, check-in at the limo booth located outside Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, island 2, outside doors 505-507 and 511-513 (east side), and 504-506 and 510-512 (west side).
Mountain carriers provide pre-arranged, charter, and some on-demand shuttle and/or coach services to many of Colorado’s ski and resort areas. Reservations are recommended. Contact the service provider of your choice to arrange for transportation service.
Mountain carriers pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, island 1, outside doors 511-513 (east side) and 504-506 (west side).
Public bus service options to and from DEN within the metro area are provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the “Bustang” service, provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The Denver Airport Station serves RTD routes AA, AB, AT, 145X and 169L. This station is located at Denver International Airport at the DEN Transit Center, Level 1, adjacent to the Westin Denver International Airport. The DEN Transit Center can be accessed at the south end of Jeppesen Terminal by exiting through the glass doors and taking the escalator or elevator down to ground level.
- RTD bus service operates from approximately 3:30 a.m. to midnight, with the last bus leaving the airport at 1:28 a.m.
- RTD buses pick-up and drop-off passengers at the DEN Transit Center
- One-day passes are just $10.50
- Riders must have exact change or purchase tickets with a major credit card at ticket vending machines
- Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes during peak hours and drivers will help you load and unload your luggage
- All buses are wheelchair accessible
- An RTD information booth is located at the DEN Transit Center
Visit the RTD website or call (303) 299-6000 for schedules and more information.
Connecting Colorado via Bustang
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bustang®, an interregional bus service, gives passengers traveling from outside of Denver options for getting to and from the airport via the A Line commuter train from Denver’s Union Station.
From Union Station, Bustang connects travelers from Denver to Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Vail, Glenwood Springs and more. It’s stress-free, convenient, affordable and flexible. Amenities include a restroom, bike racks, free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, power outlets and USB ports.
For more information, visit the Bustang website or call (800) 900-3011.
Ride Apps like Lyft and Uber offer pickup and drop-off transportation service for passengers at Denver International Airport.
Ride App Drop-Off Location – Level 5, Curbside:
Passengers arriving at the airport via a ride app service will be dropped off at their specified airline location on Level 5, east and west.
Customers using a ride app service may only be dropped off at this location on Level 5.
Ride App Pickup Location – Level 5, Island 5:
Passengers who have requested rides through the Lyft and Uber apps should follow signs for ground transportation then exit the terminal through doors 506-510 (west side) and 507-511 (east side) on Level 5 near baggage claim and proceed to Island 5 to meet your driver.
- Wait to request your ride until after you’ve claimed your luggage at baggage claim or have arrived on Level 5.
- Please use the designated crosswalks to access Island 5 and be aware of vehicle traffic in the area.
- Ride app drivers are not allowed to solicit customers and payment is made in the mobile app.
- Rides may only be requested through the mobile apps.
- Before you get into a ride app vehicle, make sure the license plate, car make and model, and driver name match what is in the app.
Taxicabs are readily available and provide service to the Denver metro area and surrounding counties. Some companies may also provide service to other destinations within the state of Colorado. Check with your taxicab company of choice (or with your driver at the airport) for more information on fares and destinations served.
Flat Rate Charges
The following popular destinations have flat-rate charges (one-way fare, airport access fee already included):
- Downtown (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 Area: $71.03 (Yellow Cab only)
Metered Taxicab Rates
Fares to all other metro area destinations are based on the taxicab’s meter. For example, a one-way taxicab ride from the airport to Cherry Creek Shopping Center (near downtown Denver) typically costs $62 to $70, plus a $5.03 airport access fee for each metered taxi trip.
Taxicabs pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, Island 1, outside Doors 505, 507 and 511 (Terminal East), and Doors 506, 510 and 512 (Terminal West).
Multiple Drop-Offs – Same Zone
If stated in the taxicab operator’s approved tariff, the flat rate from DEN may be increased by $5.00 for each additional drop-off within a zone. For example, if there are passengers dropped off at different points within the same zone, the total fare will be the flat rate plus an additional $5.00 charge for each drop-off location.
Multiple Drop-Offs – In/Outside Zone
In the case where the first passenger is dropped off at a point within a defined zone and a second passenger is dropped at a point outside of a defined zone, the fare for the first passenger will be the flat rate for that zone. The fare for the second passenger will be the meter fare from the first drop-off point to the second drop-off point.
If the first passenger is dropped at a point outside of the defined zones, the flat rate will not apply to either passenger, even if the second passenger’s drop point is within a defined zone.