Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major airline hub. It's the sixth busiest airport in the United States and 19th busiest in the world.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: The 5th busiest airport in the U.S. (20th busiest in the world!) is currently undergoing a massive expansion that will add 39 new gates and greatly improve check-in and security processes. During the construction, the airport team will provide clear directional signage and enhance the travel experience through service dogs, ambassadors and guest services staff.
|Denver International Airport||(303) 342-2200
8500 Pena Blvd. Airport Office Building
Tourist information can be found at VISIT DENVER's Tourist Information Center, located in the Main Terminal Building on the 5th floor. The Information Center is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Guides, maps and brochures are available 24 hours a day.
The DEN Ground Transportation Information Counter is located on Level 5 of the main terminal, in the center core. For more information, call, (303) 342-4059. View more information on Denver Ground Transportation.
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)
GROUND TRANSPORTATION LOCATIONS
Ground transportation is the located on Level 5 for both the East and West terminals. The east side has odd-numbered doors and the west side has even-numbered doors.
- DEN Transit Center: Airport Rail & Buses
- Island 1: Taxis & Cabs
- Island 2: Limousines & Sedans
- Island 3: Hotel Shuttles, Charter Buses & Parking Shuttles
- Island 4: Rental Car Shuttles
- Island 5: Airport Shuttles & Ride Shares
At a cost of only $10.50 each way, travelers can now take the airport rail (known as the A Line) from DEN to Denver Union Station and vice versa. The 23-mile ride takes approximately 37 minutes. The rail line serves eight total stations. Board at the DEN Transit Center, Level 1, adjacent to the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. The DEN Transit Center can be accessed at the south end of Jeppesen Terminal by exiting through the glass doors and taking the escalator or elevator down to ground level.
3:15 a.m.–4:15 a.m. every 30 minutes
4:15 a.m.–6:30 p.m. every 15 minutes
6:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m. every 30 minutes
The city's public transport system, Regional Transportation District (RTD), also operates four bus routes under the frequent airport express bus service called SkyRide. The SkyRide is $10.50 each way. Board at the DEN Transit Center, Level 1, adjacent to the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. The DEN Transit Center can be accessed at the south end of Jeppesen Terminal by exiting through the glass doors and taking the escalator or elevator down to ground level. Bus schedules vary based on day of week and time of day. Please contact RTD for complete route information. Call (303) 299-6000 or visit rtd-denver.com. All of RTD’s SkyRide buses are wheelchair accessible.
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.
- 20th busiest in the world
- Offers nonstop service to more than 180 U.S. cities
- 23 major airlines, not including charter and regional carriers
- 215 destinations worldwide, including nonstop service to 28 international destinations in 14 countries
- 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
In the mood for healthy food? DEN has an amazing collection of restaurants, many of which offer local products.
BOULDER BEER TAP HOUSE
Boulder Beer Company is one of Colorado's original craft breweries, with a history stretching back more than 30 years. Enjoy a little local Colorado flavor with many of Boulder Beer's award-winning regular and seasonal microbrews, not to mention some tasty pub fare.
RED ROCKS BAR & BBQ
Located near the arrivals area, this is a great location to wait for your friends and loved ones while enjoying Red Rocks' award-winning barbecue sauce on a variety of meats and sandwiches. They've got a great beer list, too, which is full of local microbrews.
BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY, BROTHER’S BARBECUE & SNARF’S SANDWICHES
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.
CRÚ FOOD AND WINE BAR
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE MAN ICE CREAM
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.
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
One of the newest additions, Smashburger has locations on Concourses B and C. 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.
WOODY CREEK BAKERY AND CAFÉ
This is the go-to place for fresh-made breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, cookies and pastries. Also, look for another location on the second floor of Concourse B.
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.