With its close proximity and daily flights by major airlines, Vail's Eagle County Regional Airport
is the most convenient way to get to the Vail Valley. Located approximately 30 minutes from the center of Vail, the Eagle Airport (EGE) receives flights from approximately ten major cities during the winter on American, Continental, Delta and United airlines; it’s serviced in the summer by United and American Airlines with non-stop flights from Denver, Dallas and Miami. For more information on schedules and available flights, visit www.FlyVail.com
. Vail also can be reached by car or shuttle from Denver International Airport (DEN), approximately two hours away. While flights into EGE can be more expensive than the Denver flights, it’s often worth the extra cost to avoid traveling through the mountains in bad weather.
Colorado Mountain Express (CME
), a shuttle service that offers transportation to and from both Denver International Airport and the Eagle Airport, is a great option for visitors who, when they arrive in Vail, want to take advantage of Vail’s free bus system (and avoid the cost of valet parking at most hotels). The free bus system runs throughout the town of Vail and the various base areas as well as to the outlying neighborhoods.
Rental Car Services
Most major rental car services such as Hertz, Thrifty, Enterprise, Alamo and National are available from DIA. Also, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National rental car agencies are available from Eagle Regional Airport.
Greyhound buses travel from the Denver area to Vail several times daily year-round. The Greyhound will drop you off at the main transfer station in Vail. From there, it’s easy to catch a local free bus to wherever you might go.
The Town of Vail operates the largest free public transportation system in the country, using eco-friendly hybrid buses. If you plan to stay in Vail for the entire time, there’s really no need to have a car. If you want to visit some of the neighboring towns, it might be more convenient to have your own car, though it’s not necessary.
Useful information about public transit:
During the winter, the free bus in Vail runs approximately every 5 minutes. During the summer, the schedule may be a bit more spread out, but convenient bus stop displays show the approximate arrival time of the next bus.
The Vail free bus runs from East Vail through West Vail. The Vail Eco Transit
operates from Vail to Avon, Beaver Creek, Minturn, Leadville and Edwards for a nominal fee.
Visitors to Vail should exercise caution in the pedestrian-only areas. While eco-friendly buses are great for the environment, they tend to be quieter than normal buses. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings or there might be a bus trailing behind you, waiting to pass.
In most cases, it’s more efficient, both cost and time-wise, to go sans-car. If you prefer to drive, most hotels offer valet parking and, during the summer, public parking structures are free of charge. However, during the winter, it’s easier to catch a shuttle, as parking in the structure runs about $20 a day and tends to fill up quickly. If you do drive, pay attention to the roundabouts. These European mainstays are liberally dotted around Vail and the surrounding areas to help curtail congestion in high-traffic areas.
While there aretaxi services in the Valley, fares from Vail to Avon run in the $30-$45 range for a 15-minute drive. A much better option is checking with your hotel to see if they have a shuttle or with the Eco bus.