Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major airline hub in the United States. Since the airport opened in 1995, it has consistently won readers' choice awards from publications like Business Traveler Magazine, and in 2018 the Wall Street Journal put DEN at the top of its first U.S. airport rankings for treating travelers better. The airport offers free Wi-Fi access in public areas and a diverse array of dining and shopping choices. Follow the links below to explore Denver airport information and the many DEN transportation options available, including the Airport Rail, DEN SkyRide (airport bus), airport shuttles, cabs and more.
All of RTD’s SkyRide buses are wheelchair accessible. Yellow Taxi and Metro Taxi have wheelchair accessible vehicles and can provide assistance for limited numbers with prior notice and reservation. The following companies will pick up with prior notice at DEN and provide specialized transportation:
- Mobility Transportation and Service Inc. (303) 295-3900
- Wheelchair Getaways (877) 810-3444 (Rent vans by the day)
- United Access (888) 432-6389
- RTD access-a-ride (303) 292-6560
- Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals (Aspen Medical) (720) 322-0101
- Mobility Plus (Yellow Cab) (303) 777-7777 (24-hour, on-demand, wheelchair-accessible service)
TAXIS & CABS
A cab or taxi can put you in the heart of the city in about 25 minutes. You'll find taxis at Level 5, Island 1, outside Door 507 (east side) and Door 510 (west side). Flat rates are the same for all companies and are as follows:
DEN to Downtown: Flat rate of $51 + $4.57 gate fee + $5 each additional drop
DEN to Denver Tech Center: Flat rate of $57.00 + $4.57 gate fee + $5 each additional drop
DEN to Boulder: Flat rate of $84.00 + $4.57 gate fee
Note: Trips into the airport from downtown, DTC or Boulder are not subject to any gate fees — only those trips going out from DEN.
Taxi and cab companies:
Freedom Cab (303) 444-4444
Metro Taxi (303) 333-3333
Union Taxi (303) 922-2222
Yellow Cab (303) 777-7777
LIMOUSINES & SEDANS
All companies have varied rates and cost is dependent upon number of trips and wait time. Some companies have minimums and other rates are all-inclusive. For a list of limo and sedan companies, please enter “limousine” in the keyword search on this site. Limos and sedans pick up and drop off at Level 5, Island 2, outside Door 511 (east side) and Door 506 (west side).
HOTEL SHUTTLES, CHARTER BUSES & PARKING SHUTTLES
Many Denver hotels provide free shuttle service to and from DEN. Meet your hotel shuttle, charter bus or on-airport or off-airport parking shuttle at Level 5, Island 3 and follow signs to your company.
RENTAL CAR SHUTTLES
More than 10 major rental car companies serve Colorado travelers out of DEN. Car rental agencies are located on airport property and provide courtesy shuttle service to and from Jeppesen Terminal. Shuttles pick up and drop off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 4, outside Doors 505–513 (east side) and 504–512 (west side).
Rental car companies:
Avis Rent A Car (800) 230-4898
Budget Rent A Car (800) 527-0700
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (800) 261-7331
Hertz Rent a Car (800) 654-3131
AIRPORT SHUTTLES & RIDE SHARES
Meet your shared-ride airport shuttle at Level 5, Island 5. If you have requested rides through the Lyft or Uber apps, follow signs for ground transportation, then exit the terminal through Doors 506–510 (west side) and 507–511 (east side) on Level 5 near baggage claim and proceed to Island 5 to meet your driver. For Avail, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service, use the free USAirport Parking shuttle at Level 5, Island 3 to get to their lot near the airport (tell the shuttle driver you're with Avail).
MOTORCOACH & TOUR COMPANIES
Any motorcoach company or tour operator that has scheduled trips to/from Denver International Airport is encouraged to contact the Ground Transportation Administration office at the Denver International Airport at (303) 342-4060 and see their listing of rules and regulations.
- 5th busiest airport in the U.S.
- 16th busiest in the world
- Offers nonstop service to more than 200 destinations
- 23 major airlines, not including charter and regional carriers
- Six low-cost air carriers (Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue, Allegiant and Sun Country)
- Averages more than 1,600 flights daily (June 2018)
EAST TERMINAL AIRLINES
Alaska Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
WEST TERMINAL AIRLINES
AeroMexico, Air Canada, Allegiant, American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Denver Air Connection, edelweiss air; Icelandair, Jet Blue Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Sun Country Air, United Airlines, Volaris, WestJet
BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY, BROTHER’S BARBECUE & SNARF’S SANDWICHES (BROTHER’S BARBECUE TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
A trio of Colorado-based businesses occupy a shared space near Gates A71–73 in a fairly new section of Concourse A’s far eastern side. The Brother’s Barbecue and Snarf’s Sandwiches counters offer tasty, quick-serve options, while Breckenridge Brewery, founded in Breckenridge in 1990, sits at the center serving up brews, spirits and food.
DENVER CENTRAL MARKET
Don’t miss the outpost of the popular Denver Central Market food hall in the River North Art District (RiNo) district featuring Culture Meat & Cheese, SK Provisions, Sushi Rama and Vero Italian to choose from.
Denver is world famous for its steakhouses, and here you'll find great T-bones, ribeyes and more against the backdrop of what feels like a 1940s pub. The ChopHouse also features a full bar, including a variety of traditional and seasonal beers on tap.
FRESHËNS FRESH FOOD STUDIO
Freshëns Fresh Food Studio is a healthy, fast-casual option featuring hand-tossed salads, fresh-blended smoothies and 11 handcrafted crepes such as pesto chicken, egg white Florentine and cheesecake or Nutella supreme. All recipes are free of gluten and artificial colors, preservatives, sweeteners and flavors.
It's not all about craft beer in Colorado. There's also a thriving wine scene – and you can sample some of the state's best offerings at Vino Volo, an upscale wine lounge and restaurant. Pair a wine by the glass or bottle with locally produced artisan cheeses, dry-cured meats, smoked salmon rolls or chorizo-and-chickpea chili. There's also a location on Concourse C.
ETAI'S BAKERY CAFE
Try fresh artisan breads, baked goods, salads and a huge selection of sandwiches. Etai's also has daily specials. To get up and going, try the fresh juice bar or coffee selection.
HEIDI'S BROOKLYN DELI
Heidi and Steve Naples moved to Denver from Brooklyn in 1990. Since 1994, they've been bringing New York-style bagels and sandwiches to The Mile High City. Order the Rueben — you won't be disappointed.
LOUNGE 5280 WINE BAR
An upscale wine bar with a contemporary edge, Lounge 5280 offers a premium and unique handpicked selections of wine, cocktails, spirits, beer and food, usually with a fresh, local Colorado twist.
Farm fresh. Made from scratch. Seasonal menu. Founded in Colorado. What could be better? Modern Market offers many vegetarian and vegan options and also has a location in Concourse C.
NEW BELGIUM BREWING
Famed for its Fat Tire beer, New Belgium Brewing (based in Fort Collins) is true Colorado and recently opened a new, larger location near Gate B30 offering food and a wide selection of local and international beers. New Belgium Hub near Gate B80 continues serving up the brewery's delicious, handcrafted brews along with sandwiches and entrees.
POUR LA FRANCE!
Pour la France! has been one of Denver’s most beloved, full-service catering companies for more than 30 years. Visit their only brick-and-mortar shop for signature dishes like pastas, paninis, salads and homemade quiche, along with espresso drinks, organic teas, coffee, bottled beverages, fresh pastries, organic energy bars and more.
QDOBA MEXICAN EATS
Did you know that this fast-casual Mexican eatery was founded in Denver? Stop by for burritos, bowls, quesadillas, salads and, our favorite, a side of spicy queso diablo and chips.
SMASHBURGER AND BAR
Find both table and takeout service with craft gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, side dishes and salads on the menu, and there are full bars featuring 10 craft beers on tap from top Colorado breweries. Smashburger also has a location on Concourse C.
STEVE'S SNAPPIN' DOGS
Steve's Snappin' Dogs is local but the gourmet hotdogs are direct from New Jersey. Burgers, various types of potatoes, onion rings and deep-fried green beans also are on the menu, along with wine and beer on tap.
CRÚ FOOD AND WINE BAR (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Elegance at the airport? Why not! Crú's primary location is in the tres chic Larimer Square downtown, but you can soak in its comfortably stylish atmosphere at DEN. Choose from a broad and ever-changing list of wines available by the bottle, in tasting flights or by the glass, and enjoy appetizers, gourmet pizzas, panini sandwiches and desserts.
ELWAY'S (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Offering the same great steaks that you'll find downtown and in Cherry Creek, plus a great seafood lineup, Elway's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
COORS SILVER BULLET BAR
Adolph Coors began brewing beer in nearby Golden nearly 150 years ago. Coors Silver Bullet Bar is a full-service sports bar and restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you're in a hurry to catch your flight, there's also a quick-serve gourmet burger counter.
Bold Soviet-era colors, a white star and delicious coffees with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso signal that you have arrived at Dazbog Coffee. Brothers Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to Denver from St. Petersburg, Russia, in their youth and established this Denver-based company more than 20 years ago.
GREAT DIVIDE BREWING
If you have enough time to spare, do your own Colorado brewery tour at DEN and stop by Great Divide Brewing with craft beer and other beverages along with appetizers, entrees, sandwiches and salads, plus more to choose from.
This airport outpost of the popular Highlands restaurant specializes in freshly-made Mexican entrees, including tamales, burritos, quesadillas and more. La Casita serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Farm fresh. Made from scratch. Seasonal menu. Founded in Colorado. What could be better? Modern Market offers many vegetarian and vegan options and also has a location in Concourse B.
One of Denver's most beloved farm-to-table bistros opened a DEN location in 2013, instantly upping the airport's culinary credibility. The DEN-located Root Down features a menu of locally sourced ingredients and progressive cocktails just like its Lower Highlands sister restaurant.
SMASHBURGER AND BAR
Find both table and takeout service with craft gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, side dishes and salads on the menu, and there are full bars featuring 10 craft beers on tap from top Colorado breweries. Smashburger also has a location on Concourse B.
It's not all about craft beer in Colorado. There's also a thriving wine scene – and you can sample some of the state's best offerings at Vino Volo, an upscale wine lounge and restaurant. Pair a wine by the glass or bottle with locally produced artisan cheeses, dry-cured meats, smoked salmon rolls or chorizo-and-chickpea chili. There's also a location on Concourse B.
WOODY CREEK BAKERY AND CAFÉ
This is the go-to place for fresh-made breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, cookies and pastries.
LITTLE MAN ICE CREAM (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Travelers with a sweet tooth pay attention! This Denver-based ice cream shop is known for home-made ice cream, sorbet, vegan flavors and their iconic ice cream “Sammie’s.” The airport location also offers several boozy options, such as Strawberry Margarita Freeze, Whiskey Apple Pie and Oreo Java Spiced Rum. Travelers can also try the Illuminati Shake, an ode to the conspiracies surrounding DEN.
THE WESTIN DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT & TRANSIT CENTER
TOM'S URBAN KITCHEN & BREWERY
The Westin Denver International Airport just across the plaza from the main airport terminal offers a quick way to get out of the airport and grab a local brew and meal at the new Tom’s Urban Kitchen & Brewery. While sipping on a fresh beer by Tivoli Brewing, watch sports and more on the numerous TVs situated throughout the restaurant. Or grab a great meal and a brew before catching the nearby A Line train downtown.