The closest international airport to the conference is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Boulder. DIA is currently served by 19 different airlines and includes non-stop service to most major airports in North America, as well as airports in Central America and Europe.
The nearest train station with North American rail service is Union Station in Denver, which is roughly 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Boulder. The station is served by Amtrak. As there is no rail service that makes passenger stops in Boulder, all travelers stopping at Union Station would need to acquire ground transportation after arrival.
Ground Transportation Between Boulder and DIA
Inexpensive ground transportation between Boulder and DIA is readily available. Numerous public and private agencies have ticket counters, service desks, and kiosks at DIA and Union Station:
Denver’s publicly supported Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates routes that serve Boulder and either DIA (via route AB) and Union Station (via routes BV, BF, BX and BMX). Route AB fare is $13 one way. Routes BV/BF/BX/BMX fares are prorated per diem, with a one-day pass for all RTD routes costing $11.50. All routes to Boulder stop at the Boulder Transit Center, located in downtown Boulder. Transfer buses run from the transit center to many nearby hotels, and to CU’s campus.
SuperShuttle and Boulder Green Ride can transport passengers from DIA to Boulder, and from Boulder to DIA. SuperShuttle will transport passengers one-way from DIA to Boulder for $27. A round-trip reservation can also be made for $54. Boulder Green Ride makes one-way trips between DIA and Boulder hotels for $30.
Boulder DIA Airport Taxi can be reserved in advance via phone (720-204-0160); one-way trips between Boulder and DIA cost $88.
Many car rental agencies have service desks at DIA; rates generally range from $60 to $100 per day. See the agencies’ websites for specifics.
Local Bus Transportation
eGo CarShare is a short term car sharing program located within the limits of Boulder and Denver. If you need to do a few small choires or looking to go explore a little eGo CarShare might be the ticket for you. With many pickup locations in the city and reasonable rates.
Boulder has a deserved reputation as a very bike-friendly city. Bike trails can be found throughout the city as well as the surrounding wilderness areas. Many of the city streets are designed with bicycle traffic in mind, or have been adapted to meet the demands of bicycle commuting. Many shops in Boulder will rent bicycles on an hourly or a daily basis; below is a list of those within close proximity to the university’s campus.
839 Pearl Street. Reservations can be made in person, of by calling (303) 444-4196. “Townie bikes” are available for $20/day or $120/week. A valid driver’s license, credit card, and signed waiver are required with all rentals.
1211 13th Street. Reservations can be made in person, or by calling (303) 440-1002. “Comfort and kid’s bikes are available for $30/day, or $75/week. A valid driver’s license, credit card and signed waiver are required with all rentals.
1668 30th Street. Reservations can be made in person, or by calling (303) 443-1132. “City, cruiser bikes” are available for $35/day, or $100/week. A valid driver’s license, credit card and signed waiver are required with all rentals.
Boulder B-cycle is a local non-profit that maintains many bike-sharing locations within Boulder. Bikes can be checked out for limited amounts of time from each location for $3/every 30 minutes, plus $8/day. Weekly memberships can be purchased online for $20. A valid credit card is required for all purchases.