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Traveling to Aspen is simple! Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is located just outside the city for easy air travel options. Aspen Airport offers daily flights from 4 major airlines to a large number of airports in the United States. Additionally, Aspen private jet charters are a popular option among the wealthy and business travelers in the area.

The convenience of flying right to your destination rather than hiking up the hill from Denver International Airport is unbeatable. You will get to enjoy your vacation that much faster! Plus, there are many local options for transportation to and from the Aspen Airport versus a 3+ hour drive from Denver.


Additional airports in the area are also an option. Eagle-Vail Airport is a short drive East on I-70 and is a common option for travelers who enjoy scenic drives through the Rocky Mountains and the incredible Glenwood Canyon!

Grand Junction Regional Airport is West of Glenwood Springs, approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Aspen and another close by option when visiting Pitkin County.


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 that a larger airport provides. Once in Denver, you can rent a car and make the 3-4 hour drive to Aspen, or you can try one of the ground transportation options below!


From shuttles, trains, and renting a car, there are lots of other options for travel to Aspen!

  • EPIC MOUNTAIN EXPRESS: book shared or private shuttle service from Denver or other area Airports to Aspen. Advance reservations are recommended, and travel time from Denver to Aspen is approximately 5 hours, with added time caluculated for weekend, peak hours, and holiday travel. 
  • RENTAL CAR: Drive Colorado's picturesque mountain 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. 
  • TRAIN and/or BUS: take the RTD “A Line” Denver airport light rail system from the airport to Denver’s Union Station. From Union Station, you can take an awe-inspiring train tripon the Amtrak's California Zephyr through the mountains to a destination at the Glenwood Springs train station. Or, the Bustang is a budget friendly option from Denver's Union Station to Glenwood Springs on a comfortable bus with wifi!
  • ROARNG FORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY (RFTA): 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, which travels up and down the valley from Glenwood Springs-Aspen.