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Denver Transportation

Getting There

Airport
Denver is served by Denver International Airport with its signature mountain-peak fiberglass roof (illuminated at night), marble walls and solar energy farm. Sure, it's located on the northeastern edge of Denver, where you can barely see the peaks of the Front Range, but the 22-mile drive goes quickly. DIA covers some 53 square miles, but the underground airport tram makes it easy to get around. Frontier Airlines and United Airlines are major carriers and most other U.S. airlines and numerous international carriers also serve the city. DIA has direct flights from London, Munich and Frankfurt, among others. The public Denver transportation system, RTD, runs skyRide buses from DIA to downtown Denver. The ride takes about 50 minutes and is $10 one-way or $18 round-trip (303-299-6000 or RTD-Denver.com).   Numerous shuttle companies offer services between DIA and the city. Here are two: SuperShuttle Denver, Big Sky Shuttle. Taxi fare from DIA to downtown is approximately $43.
Train
Union Station is Denver's historic train station at 17th and Wynkoop in the LoDo district. Opened in 1881, the station still serves Amtrak trains stopping in Denver and is slated to become the hub of Denver's light rail system.

Getting Around

Buses
RTD buses ply routes throughout the city and connect with the free MallRide on the 16th Street Mall and the light rail system. Bus stops are marked by red-and-white RTD signs that list each bus route that serves that location. Be sure to have exact change, or use a token or pass. If you want to change buses, ask for a transfer pass. (For fare pricing see www.rtd-denver.com.) Buses are bike friendly; some have racks in the front or you can ask the driver to put your bike in the cargo compartment. As with most city busses, once on the bus, you will need to pull the signal cord above your head to let the driver know you want to get off. One- and five-day passes are available that provide unlmited travel on the bus and light rail systems.
Light Rail
The RTD, Denver's public transportation system, operates several light rail lines in downtown Denver. There are four fare zones and your fare is determined by how many zones you travel across. You'll need to buy a ticket before getting on the train, so look for the ticket machines at each station. Light rail trains serve stations from 5AM. until 1AM.
Driving
With the exception of some one-way streets and a few strangely angled avenues, Denver streets are easy to navigate. The roads are wide and clean, and yes, there is a rush hour, but it's not bad compared to some major cities. The occasional rude driver is outnumbered by the many who’ll gladly let you merge with traffic. And although you may have to hunt around a few minutes, parking is easy to find downtown. There are plenty of coin and credit card meters and affordable pay lots while garages are more expensive. Parking at streetside meters is free on Sundays. One important note: E-470 is a toll road. However, payment is a little different. Rather than stop at a booth to pay, you simply whiz past it, and a bill is sent to you in the mail. If you don't pay on time, you'll be fined (it’s $5 for the first offense—if you don’t pay that on time you’ll receive a $25 civil penalty). If you have a rental car, most major car rental companies will add your tolls to your rental fees. A portion of I-25, the major north-south highway through town, is reserved for vehicles carrying two or more people and for EXpressToll customers with electronic toll payment devices.
Shuttle
The free MallRide shuttle is a great way to explore downtown. The Mall is a tree-lined pedestrian promenade that runs right through the heart of Denver. MallRide buses run continuously and stop at every block. They’ll whisk you all the way from the Capitol district to LoDo. It's a good way to see the city—and you can't beat the price for Denver transportation!
Taxis
Most people in Denver don't use taxis, but they are available and safe. Metro Taxi is one reliable service offered 24 hours a day. Non-smoking and handicap accessible vehicles are available. For quick and easy Denver transportation taxi service can be a reliable option. Hail a cab by hand if you see one (they're not always easy to find) or call 303-333-3333.
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