Getting To & From the IEC, Around Boulder, & More

By Car

Many students find that they don't need a car in Boulder due to the bike-ability, variety of transit options and proximity to shopping, restaurants, and other services. If you plan to have a car, you can look at the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website for more information.

Another popular car service is to use rideshare mobile phone apps like Lyft and Uber to travel around many cities in the US, including Boulder. When you request a ride, your driver will automatically get directions to your destination, and you pay for your ride with the debit card or credit card you’ve saved in the app.


The IEC does not offer student parking. Metered parking is available on 13th Street in front of the IEC building until 19:00, and is free after that. In addition, there are many free 2-hour parking spots around the IEC building. You can park in these spots as long as you want after 17:00. Refer to the parking map below for detailed parking information.

IEC Parking Map

By Bicycle

On a beautiful sunny Boulder day, many students enjoy commuting by bike to campus.

  • Bike racks are located all throughout the city and campus, with covered bike parking at select locations.
  • Wear a helmet and install front & rear lights on your bike. Learn more about Boulder city laws and regulations.
  • Bike rentals are available on campus! CU's Environmental Center provides gently used but newly tuned bikes on a semester basis for a $30 rental fee (non-refundable) and a $100 deposit (refundable). You may renew your rental for a second semester for only $10 more.

By Bus

IEC students receive a Student Bus Pass that works on all regional, local and campus routes. The online Trip Planner can help you plan your bus routes, including times and bus changes.

Getting Around Campus
  • Buff Bus: Round trips from Bear Creek, Williams Village, or Athens North to main campus daily
Getting Around Town
  • HOP: Crosses campus then travels to 29th Street/Pearl Street in downtown Boulder
  • Skip, Jump, Dash and more: Check out Boulder Bus Routes that get all of Boulder County to and from campus
  • Out late? Need a safe, reliable ride? Late Night Transit features late-night bus service Thursday through Saturday.
Getting Out of Town
  • To Denver International Airport: AB (skyRide) Round trip to/from Denver International Airport
  • To Denver: Flatiron Flyer (FF1 and FF2) Round trip to Union Station in downtown Denver
  • To the mountains: N Bus Route takes you to Nederland and Eldora for skiing and mountain biking
  • To ski resorts: For a low round-trip fair, take CU's Ski Bus to ski resorts on weekends