The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is easily accessible, with lots of parking. It only takes a few minutes to get in and out. The airport serves a number of airlines: Allegiant, American, Continental, Delta/Northwest, Frontier and United. And it has direct flights to numerous major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington’s Dulles International. A free shuttle runs constantly, taking passengers from long-term parking to the terminal. Parking is $6 to $8 per day. Most major car rentals are available here, and taxis are always available. A typical taxi ride from the airport to downtown is approximately $26, plus tip. A number of local hotels provide free shuttle service to their properties.
Greyhound Lines runs bus service to Colorado Springs, but the bus station is shabby and the neighborhood is not the best. It’s not well lit and verges on spooky, though we wouldn’t go so far as to call it dangerous. Still, we wouldn’t recommend taking a bus here unless you have no other choice.
Yellow Cab (719-634-5000) serves the Colorado Springs area. This isn’t New York, though, so call ahead of time and give plenty of notice (an hour, if you can).
Driving in Colorado Springs can be an adventure. Interstate 25, which desperately needs to be widened all the way through town, is only two lanes in some places. Congestion can be appalling during rush hour (about 7AM-8:30AM and 4:30PM-6PM) or if there’s an accident. There’s heavy truck traffic on it, too, since it’s the only major north-south corridor in the state. Mid-day and evening traffic is lighter, but the roads always seem to be busy. Surface streets are generally in good repair, but the city was built in fits and starts. Many streets don’t go straight through to your destination, making a GPS a good idea if you’re renting a car. Otherwise, get a good city map or ask a local person to guide you. Parking can be tough downtown and in heavily visited places such as Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Look for parking lots or garages; prices are reasonable and sometimes free.
While Colorado Springs is a driving kind of town, there is a public transportation system: the Mountain Metro Bus System. Routes have been curtailed because of the economy, but many local residents depend on it to get around. Buses run from about 5:30AM to about 7PM weekdays, except major holidays. The main terminal is downtown at Nevada Avenue and Kiowa Street. The basic adult fare is $1.75, but kids and seniors ride for 85 cents. The Front Range Express bus runs from Colorado Springs to Denver several times a day. The one-way cash fare is $11. If you’re traveling between the two cities, we recommend the bus just to avoid driving on heavily congested Interstate 25.