How to Use the Denver Airport Train: Airport to Downtown in 37 Minutes for Just $10.50


At many major airports, getting to and from the city center can be a bit of a pain and take more time and money than you want.

Long waits or walks for taxis or rideshares and expensive trips to/from downtown can quickly take your breath away when all you want to do is start (or end) your vacation.

However, after my first time on the Denver airport train, I’m a little obsessed with how easy and affordable it is to travel the 23 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN) in downtown Denver. In fact, it was so easy that it pushes Denver (and the ski train to the Denver mountain, more on that shortly) even higher on my list to visit again soon.

If you’ve never taken the Denver Airport Train and are curious how it might make your next trip to the area easier, here’s how it works.

Related: TPG’s Guide to Denver International Airport


How to Find the Denver Airport Train

To take the train from Denver Airport, just follow the signs.

Signs will say “Trains to City” or “Transit Center”, so follow them as you head towards the main part of the airport which houses the baggage carousels and ground transportation, then head towards the Westin Airport Hotel Zone.

Once there, instead of entering the Westin, you will take the escalator to get to the Transit Center.


On the ground floor you will see an ATM and the train platform – these are good signs that you are in the right place.

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While there are discounts available for seniors, children, military, and the like, full-fare tickets cost $10.50 and are available for sale at the machine or even in an app if that’s your preference. .

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How long is the train from Denver airport

Normally, the train runs every 15 minutes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and every 30 minutes outside these times (except for a few hours in the middle of the night when it stops). During my October ride it was running every 30 minutes all day due to some repairs going on, but this is not the normal situation.

Once the journey started, the speed reached 79 miles per hour, so it only took 37 minutes with all six stops included before arriving at Union Station in Denver, which was the seventh and last stop on the line. HAS.


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How was it on the train

On my 5:30 p.m. trip, the train was clean. There were a number of runners on board, but it certainly wasn’t crowded. In other words, we didn’t have to share seats two by two with anyone if we didn’t want to.

The seats were padded and there were luggage racks above the seats and near the train exit doors.


What to do once you arrive at Union Station?

From Denver Union Station, you’ll have plenty of transportation options that range from walking to your nearby hotel or attractions like Coors Field, using the free hybrid 16th Street MallRide shuttles, taking a cab, or using a carpooling service, by connecting to the Light Rail, by taking Amtrak’s California Zephyr or even in the direction of winter park on the ski train.


Getting to the mountains from Denver can be tricky, tedious, and slow, depending on the day and the weather — not to mention rental cars can be quite expensive.

With that in mind, one of the reasons I was so excited about the simplicity of the Denver Airport Train was that it offered the option of taking the ski lift which departs from Union Station seasonally on weekends is much more appealing.

We could fly to Denver on a Friday, take the train to Union Station that night, stay downtown nearby at a hotel like The Crawford to Union Station or the nearby Rally Hotel overlooking Coors Field, then take the Ski Train from Union Station on Saturday mornings to Winter Park without ever needing to rent a car.

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After skiing on Saturday and Sunday, you can take the ski train back to Union Station in the afternoon, pick up the airport train at the airport, and return home without having to worry about traffic, driving or car rental.

Or do what TPG’s Benji Stawski did last year and take the ski train to Winter Park just for the day and just keep your hotel in Denver.


Also, if you end up with a little time to kill inside Denver Union Station, that’s not the worst outcome either. It’s quite a lovely space with a few places to eat and drink while you wait.


At the end of the line

I travel a lot and find the process of getting to and from the city from the airport a real hassle in some areas. I’m thrilled when I come across a city that gets it, and Denver absolutely falls into that category.


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