Denver to Breckenridge: The Best Ways To Get There

Breckenridge, an old silver mining community, is now one the most popular ski resorts in Colorado. It’s easily accessible from major Colorado cities such as Denver and Colorado Springs which are both less than two hours away. There are many ways to travel between Denver and Breckenridge. It is 80 miles from Denver via Highway 9 and I-70. 

Denver International Airport is Breckenridge’s main airport. Eagle County has a regional airport, located west of Vail. However, the trip is much shorter than Denver International Airport, and the flights are usually more direct and expensive. It is recommended to travel by private car from Denver to Breckenridge,” the mountain town that locals refer to as Mile High City.

You have two options: rent a car to drive yourself between destinations or allow someone else do it. An organized tour can also be arranged.

By Organized Tour from Denver to Breckenridge

You may not have the time or desire to spend an overnight in Breckenridge. Or maybe you’re in Denver to do business and need to have a full day to explore the city before you fly out. In these cases, an organized tour might be a good option. The eight-hour Breckenridge Mountain Explorer Day Trip takes you from Denver’s Union Station, to the old silver mining town of Breckenridge and back with some stops.

You’ll first visit the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Then, stop in a mining town on your way to Breckenridge for coffee. You’ll be given three hours to explore the area upon your arrival.

Breck has a lively Main Street that houses shops, galleries and restaurants. You can also visit the Breckenridge Art District to see artists at work.

Car from Denver to Breckenridge

From Denver, it is a beautiful one-hour-and-45-minute drive (depending on traffic and weather it can be much longer) via I-70 and Hwy 9 to Breckenridge. It crosses the Front Range of Rocky Mountains, and takes you over the Continental Divide. The scenery is breathtaking in all seasons.

You can easily rent a car from Denver International Airport, or one of the many agencies located in the city centre. It all depends on whether you are arriving by air or rail. Follow the signs to I-70 Westbound from the airport. You’ll stay on the highway for over an hour. You’ll pass the Eisenhower Tunnel on your way. As the tunnel passes through the Continental Divide, you might notice a marked difference in the weather.

Continue west on I-70 until you reach exit 203. Follow the signs for Highway 9 South. It is nine miles to Breckenridge from here. Many people book in nearby feeder towns, even if they are not staying in Breckenridge during winter, when prices are high. These towns include Silverthorne and Dillon, all of which are located near I-70 (before reaching Breckenridge via Highway 9).

Luxury SUV Charter from Denver to Breckenridge

For luxe, door-to-door service, skip the rental car and book a luxury SUV charter with any popular limo service Denver Airport. This transfer service provides a private ride in an SUV with leather interior and a chauffeur who will meet you at your airport. You can fit up to five people in the vehicles, and pets are welcome. 

Your driver will provide bottled water and allow you to stop at any point along the route to take pictures or use the restroom. You can book this service 24/7, so it is convenient for late-or-early flights.

Shared Shuttle from Denver to Breckenridge

For a more affordable transfer between Denver and Breckenridge, book a ride with This company offers passenger vans that can carry up to 10 passengers and takes you from Denver International Airport into most hotels and condo resorts in Breckenridge.

The trip takes approximately 2 1/4 hours. The vans are comfortable. You can book shuttles online and you can also walk up to the booth at the airport. If shuttles are full, you might have to wait a little longer.

Buses from Denver to Breckenridge

Although it’s not direct, public transportation using the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bustang system is the cheapest and most economical way to travel between Denver and Breckenridge.

You can take the CDOT West Line bus from Union Station in Denver to get to Frisco Transit Center. It departs twice daily at 7.40 and 5.40am. It takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes. You can catch the Summit Express bus to Breckenridge Station from here. You may have to use Lyft or Uber to get to the station.

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