Ways to Travel to Aspen from Denver and Denver International Airport

When planning a vacation trip to Aspen, many people would like to avoid the expense of booking a direct flight into the Aspen airport (and many of the weather unknowns of flying into a mountain airport), and instead choose to fly into Denver International Airport because of the larger number of flight/connection options a larger airport provides. There are a number of options for Aspen visitors to choose from to get to their final destination here in the mountains and to stay at a local property rented through McCartney Property Management.

Just a few options would include:

  • Booking a regional flight from DIA-Aspen Try flighthub.com for more information
  • Traveling with a Colorado based shuttle service offering transportation from Denver International Airport-Aspen that may closely fit your travel schedule. Advance reservations are recommended, and more information, pricing, and schedules are available through Epic Mountain Express – formerly known as Colorado Mountain Express – www.epicmountainexpress.com/schedules Travel time from DIA- Aspen with Epic Mountain Express is approximately 5 hours, with added time calculated for weekend, peak hours and holiday travel
  • Rental car/limo, and driving Colorado’s highways. From roughly Memorial Day until the first significant snow event typically in the first week of November, travelers can choose to come to Aspen through Leadville and over Independence Pass. The drive over Independence Pass is stunning and very scenic. Once Independence Pass closes for the winter season, it is a straight shot west up I70 from Denver to Glenwood Springs, then east on Colorado Hwy. 82 into Aspen. Information on www.gettransfer.com and CoTrip.org
  • Travel by train – for $10.50 travelers can take the RTD “A Line” Denver airport light rail system from the airport to Denver’s Union Station, where Amtrak trains depart from, for an awe-inspiring trip through the mountains to a destination at the Glenwood Springs train station. More information is available at www.denver.org/about-denver/transportation/airport-rail
  • From Glenwood Springs, visitors can either rent a car to travel the final 38 miles to Aspen, or hop on the Roaring Fork Valley’s regional bus system (RFTA) which travels up and down the valley from Glenwood Springs-Aspen. www.rfta.com