How to get from Colorado Springs to Denver

Colorado Springs, a city in Colorado at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, is famous for the Garden of the Gods, a massive National Natural Landmark. It is also known for its unique blend of opulence and rugged Colorado charm, as well as Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. This is one of the most famous mountains in the country and is called America’s Mountian.

Colorado Springs is located roughly 71 miles south of Denver, the most populous city in the state of Colorado. Denver is an outdoorsy city known for its art, culture, food, music and sports. Its nickname “The Mile High City” references its elevation. Denver sits exactly 5,280 feet (1.6km) or one mile above sea level. Today, more than 31 million people visit Denver every year and almost 24 million visit Colorado Springs. Visitors often make the journey between both cities. So, if you’d like to do the same, there are four ways to get from Colorado Springs to Denver.

How to get from Colorado Springs to Denver


One of the most convenient ways to get from Colorado Springs to Denver is via the Groome Transportation shuttle service. There are 18 round trips daily, and the fare is $50 one-way, but you can sometimes get a cheaper ticket if you book online. There are also discounts for children, seniors, students, and members of the military.


Travelling from the two places along the public bus route is another relaxing mode of transport as you don’t have to worry about driving the unfamiliar roads; you simply get to sit back, relax, and take in the sights from the large windows. The price is also another draw – this is one of the cheapest ways to travel from Colorado Springs to Denver. The Bustang service, run by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), departs from a bus stop at I-25 and Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. The bus drops you off at Union Station in Downtown Denver. The bus ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. Greyhound buses also serve this route.


The most convenient way to get to Denver is by car. And this is one incredibly scenic road trip. There are many car hire firms around Colorado Springs, but finding the best deal is the first step. Taking the car means departing whenever you like, making pit stops, and taking detours along the way.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car is very straightforward. You just follow Interstate Highway I-25 north. If you are heading to Denver airport, just follow Interstate Highway I-25 north and then take the E-470 and Pena Blvd. On a good day, with little traffic, the journey should take around one hour and ten minutes.

Colorado Springs and Denver traffic can be brutal, especially during rush hour. So, plan your trip between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm or around 5 am or after 7 pm to miss the worst of it.


Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is a domestic airport with flights in and out to many destinations across the United States. However, it isn’t worth the ticket price or the time it takes to fly between Denver and Colorado Springs because it will take you way longer to fly than to drive 71 miles. Denver’s airport is located about 35 minutes east of the city, and you also have to factor in time spent in the airport before your flight. It is, therefore, much quicker, easier, and cheaper to get to Colorado Springs using one of the modes of transport listed above.

However, if you do really want to fly, the flight time is just 50 minutes between Colorado Springs Airport and Denver International Airport (DIA).

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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