Airport and Ground Transportation

Denver International Airport is big.  It is the largest airport site in North America and the second-largest in the world.  However, even though it is big, it is easy to get around.  The airport consists of three concourses connected to the main terminal building by underground trains.  When you arrive, just follow the signs to the trains that will take you to the terminal.  

Baggage claim is on both the east and west of the terminal.  Look for large signs directing you to the appropriate baggage claim for your airline.

In order to build such a large airport, it was located quite a distance from downtown. Luckily there are several options for getting downtown, as outlined below.

Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport


Taxis can be located on level 5 of the terminal on the east and west side.

Taxi rides to downtown Denver are a fixed rate of $55.57 (additional rates may apply for multiple drop-off points).  

A Taxi ride to downtown will take roughly 25 minutes and are available 24 hours a day.

Shared van services such as SuperShuttle are also available.


Ride Share
Uber and Lyft rideshare cars are available at DIA.  You should wait for your driver on level 4 (arrivals pick-up area) of the east or west terminal.  Make note of what door number you are nearest in order to help your driver find you.

Rates from Uber and Lyft can vary but generally run $35 for a Lyft or Uber-X to $66 for Uber Select and $99 for Uber Black.  Costs may vary depending on demand.  Check your app for estimated rate.    We are looking into getting discount codes for these services for our competitors.   This might be the least expensive and most convienent option for those splitting the fare with a travel companion or two.

A Lyft/Uber ride to downtown will take roughly 25 minutes and are available 24 hours a day.  


Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport

Commuter Rail
The newest way to get from the airport to downtown is the University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail which will take you directly from the airport to the beautifully renovated  Union Station downtown.


To get to the train, follow signs to the "Transit Center" and proceed to the south end of the main terminal on Level 5 (located under the large American flag).  Exit the terminal through the sliding glass doors and take the escalator located in the center of the plaza down to Level 1.
Tickets for the A Line may be purchased at the ticket vending machines located on the train platform using cash or credit cards 

The airport fare is $9 per day from any of the stations along the A Line and includes unlimited rides on the A Line as well as the entire RTD Light Rail system during a single business day.  This is lowest cost option for single passengers who are not splitting a fare from the airport.

Trains run every 15 minutes during peak travel times, and every 30 minutes from 3-5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Once at Union Station, you can then take a short taxi or rideshare car to your hotel.  Typical Lyft fare around downtown is $ 6 to $7 .

The Curtis Hotel is also close enough to walk directly or take a free shuttle bus for those who don't mind a bit of downtown exercise.  After exiting the train, walk through the historic Union Station and make your way to the corner of Wynkoop and 16th Street.  It is the first street corner to the right as you exit Union Station.  Cross 16th street and wait at the sign for the Free Mall Ride.  There is no fare for the Mall Ride, simple get on and off at any block along 16th street. 


Exit the Free Mall Ride at Curtis street and walk 2 blocks southwest on Curtis  toward the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Curtis. The Curtis Hotel will be on your right.  


The mall ride buses are free and stop at every block on the 16th Street Mall every 3 to 15 minutes from 5:00 AM to 1:50 AM.

Optionally, you may just walk down the 16th Street Mall to Curtis street (0.7 mile, 16 minute walk).


Rental Cars
For those looking to break away from downtown and explore the mountains or nearby towns, a rental car might be your preferred transportation.  

Denver International Airport has more than 10 major rental car companies serving Colorado travelers.  Car rental agencies are located on airport property and provide courtesy shuttle service to and from Jeppesen Terminal.  Shuttles pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 4, outside doors 505-513 (east side) and 504-512 (west side).

Thanks to SilverCar for providing a discount code for the event. Go To and use promo code GABMC



Tip:  If you need to refuel your car before returning it, there is a Conoco Station on the airport property at 7680 Peña Blvd (exit for rental car return).  Prices are around 10 cents higher per gallon than off airport stations, but better than what the rental car company will charge.

Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport