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Travel to Boulder

Denver International Airport

If you are arriving in Denver through Denver International Airport, you should know that Boulder is about 45 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA).

At DIA there are two sides to the main terminal, and carriers are organized by Terminal West and Terminal East.  Traffic is separated into three levels: The 6th level is for departures and arrivals, the mid-level is for ground transportation, and the 4th level is for passenger pick-up. The gates are arranged along three concourses connected to each other and to the main terminal by train. 
Hospitality Ambassadors and Airport Guest Services are plentiful, and staff provides customer service, information booths, airport paging, directions, and help with the often expected mishaps, like lost luggage. They can direct you to the Ground Transportation Information Center, but if you need some additional directions getting to campus, feel free to call ISSS (303) 492-8057 during business hours. The cost of a local call from a pay phone is 50 cents. The Ground Transportation Information Counter is located on Level 5 of the main Terminal. You can get to Boulder by bus, shuttle, or taxi.

Transportation and Lodging

Bus service to Boulder

The bus service to and from DIA is called the skyRide. All buses leave from Level 5, Island 5, outside Door 506 at Terminal West and outside Door 511 at Terminal East. The skyRide bus from DIA to Boulder is Route AB. You can check departure times for each route at Island 5 in the shelter at either Terminal East or Terminal West OR at the skyRide counter in DIA located on the west side in the Ground Transportation area Level 5, outside Door 506. Exact fare is required on boarding the bus or you can buy a ticket from the skyRide counter. As of this writing, the fare is $13.

If you need information when the skyRide counter is not open, RTD kiosks are conveniently located in the main terminal on both the north and south sides of the fountain, behind the car rental counters. The kiosks are easy to use and allow you to check route and schedule information and view maps.

If you have on-campus housing, ask the driver to let you off at the University Memorial Center (UMC). If you arrive between 5 p.m. and midnight, go directly to your residence hall's main office.

If you are meeting someone or need to find a hotel, stay on the bus until the bus station at 14th and Walnut Streets. Most hotels provide a shuttle service from the bus station to their hotels, or you can call a taxi at 303-777-7777. Be prepared to pay $7 to $10 for a taxi, and tip the driver at least 15 percent, plus an extra $1 to $2 for each piece of luggage.

Find more information about RTD SkyRide here.

Van and taxi service to Boulder

Boulder Super Shuttle provides van service from DIA to CU-Boulder for a fee of $27 with a CU ID card or $33 without a CU ID card. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. Door-to-door service is also provided throughout most of Boulder County for $33. You need to have a ticket before you can board a van, but you do not need to make a reservation. To get a ticket, check-in at the Boulder Super Shuttle ticket counter, Level 5, near baggage claim in the main terminal. A counter service agent will issue you a ticket and direct you to the correct loading area.  A van will arrive to pick you up only after a reservation has been made or a ticket purchased, so if you do not want to wait for a van you should make your reservation in advance.  Find more information about Boulder Super Shuttle at their website here.

Yellow Cab taxis are a convenient but expensive way to get to Boulder. If you arrive when the buses and shuttles are not running, you may decide to take a taxi. Of course, taxi fares are calculated with the use of a meter, which is “activated” by the driver. From DIA to Boulder, you can expect to pay a flat rate of $88.15 plus additional charges for things like oversized or too much luggage and toll charges. Then you will have to add a tip. You can find a taxi in the transportation area across from the baggage claim area outside the airport. Call (303) 777-7777 if you are unable to find a taxi outside the airport.  For more information on Yellow Cab taxi service, visit their website here.

If you arrive at DIA late in the evening, it may be a good idea to stay in Denver and come to Boulder the following day. Ask one of the Airport Guest Services staff members at DIA to give you recommendations about hotels near the airport. Also, you can look at this website to get an idea of what is available.

Suggested lodging after you arrive in Boulder

If you need a place to stay and want to be close to campus, look into the following hotels: 

University Inn, 1632 Broadway, (303) 417-1700
Quality Inn and Suites, Boulder Creek, 2020 Arapahoe, 1-888-449-7550 or (303) 449-7550
New West Inns, 970 28th Street, 1-800-525-2149 or (303) 443-7800
Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th Street, (303) 443-3850

Rates vary, depending on where you stay. Some budget hotels have rooms for around $65 per night, but it is not uncommon to pay anywhere from $110 to $250 per person per night in a Boulder hotel. For a complete list of accommodations in Boulder, click here.