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Getting from Denver Airport to the City Centre

With its bright blue skies and breathtaking mountain scenery, sunny Denver is located at the beautiful Rocky Mountains’ base and was established as a gold mining camp in 1858. Denver is a great city to visit as it claims a brilliant music scene, with a great number of small bars and jazz clubs; the city is often rated one of the best outdoor music venues in the country. Not only, but Denver is also known for its delicious craft beer, adventurous outdoor activities, history and art museums and much more.

So after landing at Denver International Airport (DEN) and you are looking to make your way to downtown Denver, you have 2 different transportation options; you can either take a taxi or private shuttle or a train. Taking a taxi or private Denver airport transfer is a reliable and convenient way to travel, as taxis and shuttles offer 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle. Moreover, another more cost-savvy option is to take the RTD A-Line train, which is direct from the airport station to downtown Denver and operates all year round.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €47.35 30min 24/7
Train €17.80 37min 04:12–01:27

How to get from Denver airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi or private transfer from Denver Colorado airport to downtown is the easiest way to travel, especially if you are travelling with children or heavy luggage. Furthermore, it is always nice to jump into a private, air-conditioned vehicle, having your personal belongings taken care of and having a door-to-door service straight to your Denver hotel.

Taxi fare from Denver airport to the city centre

Taxis in Denver offer flat-rate fares from DEN International Airport and other surrounding areas. A one-way taxi fare from the airport to downtown Denver costs $56 USD (€47.40), which includes airport fees. Private shuttle prices are higher, but you can book one in advance and have the guarantee that a car will be waiting for you when you land.


$56 USD (€47.40)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices from DEN to downtown are fixed rates.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Denver International Airport (DEN).

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi ranks at Denver International Airport are located at Island 1, outside Doors 505, 507 and 511 (Terminal East), and Doors 506, 510 and 512 (Terminal West).


Choosing to take a taxi for your Colorado airport transportation is a convenient and reliable option, as airport taxis are available 24/7 at a flat rate fare. Moreover, taxis offer door-to-door services straight to your Denver accommodation,.

Nonetheless, if you prefer to book your private airport shuttle with a friendly local driver, at a competitive price you can always pre-book your Denver airport transfer online.

Editor’s Note

It is important to know that taxis from Denver Colorado airport to the city centre and some surrounding areas offer flat-rate fares. However, taxi cab fares to all other metro-area destinations are based on the taxi’s meter.

Useful Tips

Most taxis accept credit card payments, however, it is always best to ask your driver beforehand.
It is common to give a 15% tip to your taxi driver.
Denver taxi cab prices do not vary during the day, night, weekend or public holidays.

How to get from Denver airport to the city centre by train

Another great way to travel from Denver International Airport to Denver city centre is by taking the A-Line train. The train line is direct from the airport’s station to the centre and is a great cost-efficient option.

How much is a train ticket from DEN airport to Denver's city centre?

A train ticket from Denver airport to Denver centre (Union Station) costs $10.50 USD (€8.90), $5.25 USD (€4.45) for discounted fares (seniors 65+ and individuals with disabilities) or $3.20 USD (€2.70) for youth discounted fares (6 to 19 years old). Your ticket is valid for any of the stations along the A-Line and includes unlimited rides on the Colorado A-Line as well, as the entire RTD Light Rail system during 24 hours.

You can purchase your tickets at the train station’s vending machines, at the DEN Transit Center. Or, they are also available at the RTD Information Booth.


$10.50 USD (€8.90)

Trip Duration

37 Min.

There is an average waiting time of 15 minutes for the train during peak hours and 30 minutes during normal hours.

Value for Money

The Denver International Airport train is available from Monday to Thursday, Sundays and Holidays from 04:12 to 01:27, and Friday and Saturday from 04:12 to 01:57.

Where do I get it from?

The DEN airport train station is easy to find as it is right next to the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel on level 1.


Taking the airport train is a great travel option as it is fast, direct and cost-savvy. Moreover, the train is frequent, leaving the airport every 15 minutes and has long operating hours. Nevertheless, as it is a public transport option, you will have to find your way from Union Train Station in downtown Denver to your hotel or accommodation within the city.

Editor’s Note

Please note that the holiday schedule for the RTD services follows a Sunday/Holiday schedule on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Useful Tips

The airport Colorado A-Line train is is accessible for the disabled.
It is good to know that there is plenty of room to store your luggage on the A-Line train.
Your train ticket includes unlimited train rides on the entire RTD Light Rail system, valid for 24-hours.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Denver airport from downtown Denver?

Denver International Airport is located 40 km away from Downtown Denver; taking 30 minutes by car or taxi and 37 minutes by train. 

How much is a taxi from Denver airport to city centre?

Taxis in Denver offer flat-rate fares from DEN airport, with a trip to downtown Denver costing $56 USD (€47.40), including airport fees.

Does Denver airport have a train station?

Yes, Denver Colorado airport has a train that connects directly to Downtown Denver (Union Station) via the RTD A-Line.

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