Denver International Airport (DEN)
is the international gateway to Colorado with hundreds of flights arriving every day. The airport is 104 miles (about two hours) east of Breckenridge on the plains of Denver. Most people fly into DEN and then shuttle up to the mountains. Eagle County Airport (EGE) is about 70 miles west. Flights here are typically more expensive, and there's no public shuttle service, only private. Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is 115 miles southeast.
Colorado Mountain Express
(800-525-6363) is the main carrier with public and private shuttle service to Breck from DEN and EGE (private only) via Interstate 70, the highway crossing Colorado east to west. Rates and schedules vary according to the season. VailCoach
(877-554-7433) offers non-shared rides only from DEN and EGE. From Colorado Springs Airport, 453-TAXI
(970-453-8294) runs a limo service, but it's expensive: $247 one way for one to four people.
Conceptually, you don't need a car in Breckenridge; but if you want to explore outside of town, or don't like having to plan around bus schedules or wait for shuttles, renting a car at the airport is not a bad idea. From Denver and the Denver airport, drive on I-70 west to exit 203. Go south on Colorado Highway 9 to Breckenridge. From Eagle County Regional Airport and points west, take I-70 east to Frisco (exit 203); turn right onto Colorado Highway 9 and go south straight into Breck. From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24 west to Hartsel; then Colorado Highway 9 north for33 miles into Breckenridge's South Main Street. Limited free parking is allowed on streets and in some lots. Paid parking ranges from $5 to $15. In winter, you need snow tires or four-wheel-drive vehicles for driving in the high country. Snowstorms happen.
A slick free (and green) bus system, The Free Ride, loops around town from 6:15AM to 11:45PM, stopping at the Breckenridge Station as well as key locations in town. From the station, the free BreckConnect Gondola lifts you to Peaks 7 & 8 during ski season and again for the summer season until 5:45PM.
The town is entirely walkable; bikes are a popular way of getting around, even in winter. For a slow, romantic tour around town, we love the classic horse and carriage ride.
The free Summit Stage bus
connects Breckenridge with the neighboring resorts of Keystone and Copper Mountain and nearby towns of Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon. It runs from 6AM to 1:30AM. (970-668-0999). All buses have ski/snowboard and bike racks, and are equipped for disabled riders.
Breckenridge is a very small town, so you rarely see a taxi. But if you do want the service—it’s sometimes a good idea coming from the bars late at night—453-Taxi
(970-453-8294) provides it 24/7. It sometimes can be unreliable, though, so don't count too heavily on it.