How to get from Denver to Aspen

Denver is the most populous city in the state of Colorado. It sits to the east of the Rocky Mountains. It is an outdoorsy city known for its art, culture, food, music and sports. Denver’s nickname is The Mile High City. This references its altitude. Denver sits exactly 5,280 feet (1.6km) or one mile above sea level. Denver is located roughly 160 miles east of Aspen,  a ski resort town and a year-round destination for outdoor recreation. Aspen is even higher than Denver. It is at an elevation of 7,908 feet. Today, more than 31 million people visit Denver every year and almost 1.5 million visit Aspen. Visitors often make the journey between both cities. So, if you’d like to do the same, there are five ways to get from Denver to Aspen.

How to get from Denver to Aspen

Shuttle

One of the most convenient ways to get from Denver to Aspen is to take the Epic Mountain Express. The shuttle is shared-ride transport in small vans, which depart frequently from Denver airport. The shuttles make stops at most hotels and resorts around Aspen. The trip takes a little over four hours. The vans are comfortable, and this option is cheaper than a private shuttle, but you will be travelling with other passengers.

Aspen Colorful Autumun under Snow Mountain with Lake

Bus

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 Denver to Aspen.

From Union Station in downtown Denver, take the CDOT West Line bus to the West Glenwood Park and Ride in Glenwood Springs. This leg of the journey takes just under four hours, and buses run twice a day.

Then, from West Glenwood Park and Ride, you catch the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) bus L into Aspen. This leg of the journey takes about one hour. Once you reach Aspen, you may have to catch an Uber or Lyft to your hotel or resort from the bus stop.

Car

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

Getting from Denver to Aspen by car is very straightforward. The 200-mile trip should take roughly four hours. From Denver, you the I-70 west to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, it is 40 miles to Aspen. Take Highway 82 and follow the well-marked signs. This route is open all year round.

Plane

You can also fly between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Aspen Pitkin County Airport (ASE). The flight from Denver takes just one hour. Denver Airport is located 25 miles northeast of Downtown Denver.  The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is conveniently located 3 miles from downtown Aspen and 6 miles from Snowmass Village.

Private Shuttle

If you don’t want to drive, plan the route, or consider the logistics, then a private shuttle from Denver to Aspen is the best option. You’ll get from the city to the mountains by a private, comfortable vehicle, and you’ll be able to sit back, relax and watch the scenery roll by. This is the most relaxing way to travel between the two places.

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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