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If you're staying in the Denver area or within Colorado Springs, you'll have plenty of good public transportation options. If you travel outside the city, however, you'll probably need a car (or a bike).
The Bus from Denver to Cheyenne and Laramie
Greyhound's fleet of buses travels between Denver and all of the major cities of the region, including Cheyenne and Laramie. The bus from Denver to Cheyenne takes about two and a half hours and the bus from Cheyenne to Laramie takes about another two hours. Buses run once or twice a day. Another option is commuter airlines.
In addition, several companies offer both shared-ride and private service between Cheyenne and Denver Airport and between Laramie, Wyoming and Denver Airport.
The Bus from Denver to Colorado Springs and Boulder
Denver boasts a superior transportation authority in its greater metro area: the Regional Transport District (RTD), The Ride! This vast network of bus and light rail routes covers from the city's beltway in the south all the way to Lyons in the north. Downtown Denver is extensively covered. Included in the network are Golden, Boulder, and Eldora. Additionally, a convenient plus is the Mall Ride, which runs from one end of 16th Street Mall to the other every few minutes. The major RTD stations are Civic Center Station, at 1550 Broadway, and Market Street Station at the 16th Street Mall, both in Denver; Boulder Transit Center at 1400 Walnut Street, in Boulder; and Longmont Terminal at 815 S. Main Street, in Longmont.
In Boulder, the HOP shuttle, for your convenience, connects downtown, University of Colorado, and The Hill, with buses every 10 minutes, running from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
And within Colorado Springs, you can take advantage of the Mountain Metropolitan Transit. This sprawling system reaches from Research Parkway in the north to Fountain, in the south, and to the Garden of the Gods in the west.
Amtrak Train between Denver and Granby, Colorado
Within the region you can travel by train between Denver's Union Station on the west end of 17th Street in LoDo, and Granby, on the other side of Rocky Mountain National Park. This route may be good if you want to reach the park quickly and scenically, or if you want to go to Solvista, the premier ski resort. The route is on Amtrak's California Zephyr line, which issues daily trains from Chicago to San Francisco. The Zephyr travels from Denver to Granby in the mornings; back the other way in the afternoons. The ride is between two and three hours.
The Train from Denver to Colorado Springs and Cheyenne is a Bus
In the north-south direction Amtrak shows service to Colorado Springs and Cheyenne, but it is not by train, it is by bus. Years back there was a train to Colorado Springs. There are currently no plans for a high speed train between Denver and Colorado Springs or Denver and Cheyenne. Two much money and not enough Democrats.
Driving around Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Within both Denver and Boulder, many streets are numbered for the sake of easy city navigation. In Boulder in particular, the numbered streets along with Broadway run specifically north-south. As for inter-city travel in the region, there are many mountain roads, so to make traveling as direct as possible, keep in mind the following:
Here are driving times and distances from Denver to the other major destinations within the region:
- On I-25 you'll have direct access to Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Denver, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs. The entire length from Cheyenne to Colorado Springs (170 miles) should take around three hours to drive.
- Denver's beltway, State Road 470, reaches a great many destinations in and around the city, such as Denver International Airport (DEN), Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park, and the city of Golden.
- You can travel west to Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, via I-70.
- Solvista in Granby, and Winter Park, both ski resorts, are located on U.S. Highway 40, which you can get to via I-70. Granby is a two-hour drive from Denver.
- You can travel west to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park on U.S. Highway 34 from Loveland.
- It'll take you a tad less than an hour to reach Laramie from Cheyenne on I-80.
- State Road 115 from Colorado Springs will take you to Canon City, around 50 miles away.
- Silver Plume: 50 miles, 1 hour
- Black Hawk: 40 miles, 50 minutes
- Boulder: 30 miles, 40 minutes
- Loveland: 50 miles, 1 hour
- Estes Park: 65 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
- Fort Collins: 65 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes
- Cheyenne: 100 miles, 1 hour 50 minutes
- Laramie: 150 miles, 2.5 hours
- Colorado Springs: 70 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes
- Cripple Creek: 110 miles, 2.5 hours
- Canon City: 120 miles, 2.5 hours
- Idaho Springs: 30 miles, 40 minutes