The ceremonies inaugurating RTD‘s new A-Line to Denver International Airport are over, and now, it’s time for travelers to weigh options getting to and from DIA. Think not only money, but also time. Calculate how many of you will be traveling. And remember that you won’t just be going to the airport but returning from it. Unless you choose to drive, you can mix and match. Here are both ground transportation and parking options:
RTD A Line. BEST DEAL. This new commuter train on the Union Station-Denver International Airport runs every 15 minutes most of the day. Ride time: 37 minutes. Six intermediary stations offer parking. Fare is $9 each way; half-price for 65+, Medicare, students 19 and under with ID. Your ticket includes transfers to/from other routes. Also it is $2 daily to park at an RTD Park-n-Ride facility, with the first 24 hours FREE. SkyRide routes AB, AF, AS and AD, and some local and regional bus routes as well as stations have been affected. Click here for details. RTD airport service fares actually were lowered from $13 with the opening of the new line. A new parking lot at 61st and Peña is FREE and located at the RTD A Line station.
SuperShuttle. Shared van, $19 to $34 per person between DIA and a central point in select other communities (Boulder, Golden, Fort Collins and others). Door-to-door, private shuttle for small groups, private sedan and private SUV also available.
Taxi. Flat rates to/from downtown Downtown Denver, $55.57; Denver Tech Center, $61.57; Broomfield and Louisville area, $70.57 (Yellow Cab only) Boulder, $88.57. Other destinations are on the meter.
GreenRide. Fort Collins, Harmony Transportation Center (no overnight parking) or Loveland-Fort Collins Airport (FREE parking at airport), $29 ($24 senior). Wellington or Cheyenne, WY. $55 ($49 senior). Boulder, Meadows Shopping Center, $38 ($35 senior). Door-to-door and hotel service available. Second passenger, $20. Kids, $10. 970-226-5533.
On-airport options: Garages connected to the DIA main terminals, $24 per day. Economy lot within walking distance though shuttles also operate to the terminal, $13 per day. Shuttle lots (including Pikes Peak and Mt. Elbert), $9 per day.
Off-airport options: All off-airport commercial lots offer FREE shuttle service to/from the terminal. For extra savings, look for AAA, AARP or military discounts. Check websites for printable discount coupons that can knock a few bucks off your rate. Depending on the operation, you’ll find self-park outdoors, covered parking and valet parking options. Many will also let you reserve a spot in advance assuring that you won’t be driving up and down Pena Blvd. looking for an available space.
BEST DEAL is The Parking Spot, $7.95 daily uncovered, including FREE bottled water and FREE USA Today (Monday-Friday, while supplies last). Note that all parking is uncovered and it is among the lots farthest from the terminal.
Other affordable options: Park DIA, $9.50 daily uncovered, $15.50 daily covered. Canopy Airport Parking, $10 daily uncovered, $16 daily covered. ExpressToll users can sign-up for a Rewards program and get 25% off rates. USA Airport Parking, $10 daily uncovered, $15 daily covered. WallyPark, $13.95 daily self-park; $17.95 daily valet uncovered.
And if you don’t mind not knowing the exact location of your airport lot until you have reserved and paid in advance, check out Top Airport Parking. Their “Cheap Park” deal promotes off-site DIA parking starting at $3.99 per day.