Denver International Airport is a major hub for several American carriers, including Frontier Airlines and United Airlines. Private jets and charters tend to be serviced through Centennial Airport to the south and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (between Denver and Boulder).
Twenty-four miles from downtown, Denver International Airport is connected with I-70 exit 238 by the 12-mile-long Peña Blvd. The facility has an automated subway that links the terminal to three concourses. Concourse C is almost 1 mile from the terminal, hence the need for automated transport of people and baggage, and a little extra time for finding your way around.
DIA is a major air hub and one of the country’s busiest facilities. In all, DIA has 53 sq miles of land, making it the biggest airport in the country by area. The main terminal has a Teflon-coated fiberglass roof that peaks out to mirror the mountains in the background, and there are always interesting public-art exhibits to help you kill time.
A complete Ground Transportation Center is centrally located on the 5th level of DIA’s terminal, near the baggage claim. All transportation companies have their booths here and passengers can catch vans, shuttles and taxis outside the doors.
Complimentary hotel shuttles represent the cheapest means of getting to or from the airport. Courtesy phones for hotel shuttles are available in the Ground Transportation Center.
RTD buses are available outside door 506 in the West Terminal and door 511 in the East Terminal. Travel time is typically less than an hour to or from the city and fares cost $9 to $13 one way – exact fare only – servicing Stapleton, downtown and other Denver suburbs. For DIA-Boulder travelers, one way fares for the 1½-hour trip cost $13.
Taxi service to downtown Denver costs around $60, excluding tip.
There are a number of airport shuttle vans and limousine services. Airport shuttles to the Front Range and mountain/ski areas are also not hard to come by.
In early 2016 a transit center will open at DIA, linking the airport with downtown Denver via a 35-minute commuter rail trip.
Shuttle King Limo Private limos for about $65 from DIA to destinations in and around Denver.
SuperShuttle Van services (from $22) between the Denver area and the airport.