Aspen Shuttles & Airport Transportation
Colorado Mountain Express
This shuttle company will transport skiers and snowboarders to the Aspen/Snowmass area from the following airports; Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, Eagle County Airport, Denver International Airport. Standard shuttle bookings are for shared-rides in 12 passenger vans. Premier transportation services are available with private reservations and luxury SUVs. Use the link below and receive a 10% discount on door-to-door transportation.
Denver to Aspen Mountain Shuttle Transportation
Powederhound Transportation provides non-stop private charter shuttles to and from the Denver International Airport. Shuttle vans are booked privately for your travel party. You can travel on your own schedule and not have to pickup other passengers. And they can provide SUVs, small cars, and passenger vans, depending on your needs.
Vail Limo Services
Vail Limo Service is a private shuttle company, servicing all parts of Colorado with SUVs, traditional shuttle vans, Sprinters, SUV Limos, and Limo Buses. They will take you to Aspen/Snowmass from Aspen/Pitkin, Montrose, DIA or any airport to your lodging destination. And it is all completely private. No shared rides. No stopping for other people. This is the luxury you have been waiting for, but didn’t know where to find.
Local Transportation Info
Free Local Bus System
Ruby Park Transportation Center
The Aspen/Snowmass area is serviced by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. There are several bus routes that run throughout the Valley. The most popular bus route is the Four Mountain Connector. This bus provides free rides between Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and the Snowmass ski area. There are stops located throughout the City of Aspen. All buses will stop at the Ruby Park Transportation Center; located 1 block away from the Silver Queen Gondola.
These bus rides are free and buses will depart several times each hour during the day.
You can find a full bus schedule and detailed route information on the official RFTA Website – www.rfta.com.
Driving Directions and Travel Advice
Driving to Aspen can be time consuming; however, it is well worth the effort. Flying into Denver is a reasonable choice since there are many flights, and the drive from Denver to Aspen is about 4 hours of primarily interstate.
From the Denver International Airport – take I-70 West for 168 miles and exit I-70 at #116 for CO-82 East towards Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Continue approximately 30 miles until you arrive in Aspen.
The drive is fairly scenic as you pass various ski resorts along I-70 including Loveland, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, etc and finally enter the uniquely beautiful Glenwood Canyon. The part of the drive along CO-82 travels through the Roaring Fork Valley passing towns such as Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. Make sure to check the weather as winter conditions often affect the roads in Colorado and watch out for wildlife as elk and deer are abundant.
Another option is to fly into the Grand Junction Airport which is approximately a 2 and a half hour drive from Aspen. From the Airport take I-70 East for about 85 miles and exit I-70 at #116 for CO-82 East towards Glenwood Springs/Aspen.
In the summer, Independence Pass will open which makes traveling between Aspen and Denver easier. From Denver, take I-70 West for about 88 miles and exit at #195 onto CO-91 South towards Copper Mountain/Leadville for about 23 miles. Then take US-24 East for approximately 15 miles then take a right on CO-82 West for about 42 miles. Use extreme caution on the CO-82 West portion of the drive as there are dangerous switchbacks and narrow roads. This is one of the most scenic drives in the US as you cross the Continental Divide at 12,095 feet in elevation at the summit of Independence Pass. There is a nice visitors area at the top where you can park, walk around, take pictures or even have a picnic.
Aspen/Snowmass Transportation FAQ
Do I need to rent a car in Aspen?
You can easily have a luxurious vacation in the City of Aspen without renting a car. The majority of hotels and lodges are within walking distance of the mountain, shops, and restaurants. The free bus system can easily take care of your transportation needs if you do need to travel outside of the City limits.
Where can I park my car in the City of Aspen?
You will find parking and visitor information here – Aspen Skier Parking.
How late do the Snowmass to Aspen buses run at night?
These buses will run a busy schedule until about 8 p.m. at night. From 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. the buses will run approximately every 1/2 hour.