It's now easier than ever to get from Denver International Airport (DEN) to downtown Denver with the opening of the new airport rail line.
At a cost of $9 each way (increasing to $10.50 in January 2019), travelers can use the rail service, known as the A Line, to get from the airport to Denver Union Station and vice versa courtesy of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), metro Denver's public transit provider.
The A Line, which opened on April 22, 2016, whisks travelers to the heart of downtown, specifically the recently restored Union Station, which is the city's new transportation hub and "living room," thanks to its plush surroundings. From Union Station, travelers can access additional local and regional transportation services, such as light rail, regional and local buses, Amtrak rail service, taxis, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttle (MallRide) and free downtown MetroRide buses that provides access to most downtown hotels. Union Station itself is a beautiful 1914 Beaux-Arts building and the location of hip, locally owned restaurants, bars, shops and a boutique hotel.
The new Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes.
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - every 15 minutes
8 p.m. - 1 a.m. - every 30 minutes
3 a.m. - 6 a.m. - every 30 minutes
FARES - A LINE
$9 (increasing to $10.50 in January 2019) - each way to/from Denver International Airport to Union Station downtown
Discounts for senior citizens and students
WHERE AND HOW TO BUY A TICKET
Tickets can be purchased on rail line platforms at ticket vending machines, inside DEN or Union Station, or at any RTD sales outlet.
WHERE TO CATCH THE TRAIN
Airport: The location is right by the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel.
Downtown/Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop St.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FROM UNION STATION TO YOUR HOTEL
Download the Denver Union Station Arrival Guide here.
Rail vehicles on the A Line have overhead storage, luggage towers and bicycle racks. Travelers must be able to handle their own luggage.
Trains have level boarding at all doors of the train and have two wheelchair spaces per car.
STATIONS SERVED BY A LINE
The new A Line services eight stations:
- Denver Airport Station
- 61st & Pena
- 40th Avenue & Airport
- Central Park
- 40th & Colorado
- 38th & Blake
- Union Station
Travel Time: 37 minutes
Cost: $9 (increasing to $10.50 in January 2019) one way to/from airport to Union Station
Speed: Up to 79 mph
Capacity: 209 people per car (including seating for 91 people and two wheelchair spaces)
Features: Overhead storage, luggage towers and bicycle racks
Right next to the Denver Airport Station is the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel, which is connected to the airport. Have an early flight or late arrival? No problem, stay right at the airport!
The recently remodeled Union Station, located at the other end of the line from the airport, provides easy access to the restaurants, bars, microbreweries, shops and attractions around Lower Downtown (LoDo), Coors Field and the bustling pedestrian 16th Street Mall.