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Getting to and from Denver International Airport (DEN)

Denver International Airport is a busy airport in the United States of America, serving over 52 million passengers every year. It is the fourth largest hub for the airline company United Airlines, and the main hub for the low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines and the commuter carrier Great Lakes Airlines. The airport is also served by a great number of other airline carriers. The airport is often fondly referred to as DIA, and can be accessed by several forms of transport. Denver International directions are quite easy to follow as well, since a few large roads are found in the vicinity. Detailed airport directions and further information can be found online, and are available from the airport.

The airport is located approximately 25 miles, or 40km from downtown Denver, and to the eastern side of the city. It is located quite far to avoid any noise disturbances to developed areas. The airport is in the state of Colorado, which is to the south of Wyoming, to the north of New Mexico, the east of Utah and to the west of Kansas and Nebraska. Colorado is famous for its Rocky Mountains, where many popular ski resorts are found. The city of Denver is located to the north of Pueblo and Colorado Springs and to the south of Cheyenne and Fort Collins, while Salt Lake City is a large city to the west of Denver. The airport of Denver International is just west of Commerce City and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and is to the north-east of the area Aurora. The airport occupies an exceptionally large piece of land (53 square miles and which is said to be twice the land area of Manhattan), to allow for future expansion. It is the largest airport in the United Stated in terms of land area.

Denver Airport is accessed by Pena Boulevard, and the major roads leading from Denver and other areas that are nearby the airport are the Interstate-70 and the E-470. The Interstate-76 is also quite nearby.

Directions from downtown Denver

From downtown Denver, motorists will travel the I-25 Interstate in a northerly direction, and then take the I-70, heading east. Signs on the I-70 lead to Pena Boulevard, which is the access road of the airport. Motorists will pass turn-offs for the E-470, and then find Denver Airport to their left. The areas passed en-route include Whittier, Park Hill, Stapleton, Northfield and Montbello.

Directions from the south (Colorado Springs)

The main road leading north to Denver from Colorado Springs is the I-25. It passes Palmer Lake, Castle Rock, The Meadows and Castle Pines, before reaching Centennial nearer to Denver. Motorists should take the turnoff onto the I-225 past Aurora, and then take the I-70 to the east, from where airport signs are available to Pena Boulevard.

Directions from the north (Fort Collins)

The I-25 is also the main road coming from the north towards Denver city, and it passes Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Northglenn and Thornton. From the I-25, motorists can take 104th Avenue and head east until the turnoff for the E-470. Travel south until Pena Boulevard and follow the signs to the airport.

Directions from Boulder

Boulder is a city to the northwest of Denver, and from here motorists will take the Highway US-36 in a southerly direction until the I-25. Join the I-70 and head east until the turnoff for Pena Boulevard. From Boulder, a connection could also be made to the Northwest Parkway, or the E-470, which travels the outskirts of Broomfield and Thornton, and leads to the airport.

Directions from the Rocky Mountains

From the Rocky Mountains, Denver Airport is accessed by travelling east on the I-70, until the turnoff for Pena Boulevard. Motorists will pass Idaho Springs, Genesee and Lakewood.

Once at Denver International Airport, motorists can choose from over 40,000 public parking spaces in a number of parking areas. There are garage, valet and short-term parking options outside the terminal, as well as the Economy Parking Lot and the Pikes Peak Shuttle Parking Lot a short distance from the terminal. These two areas are cheaper than the garage parking area for long-term airport stays. The main terminal of Denver Airport is known as the Jeppesen Terminal, named in honour of Elry B. Jeppesen, and is the base for all airport operations. The terminal is separated into west and east sides, and a central area houses two security screening areas. In general, Level 4 of the terminal is arrivals, Level 6 is departures and Level 5 is for all forms of ground transportation. The actual departure gates are found in three concourses, referred to as A, B and C. Concourse A is reached by a large passenger bridge, while Concourses B and C are linked to the main terminal by an airport train, an automated people mover system capable of carrying up to 8,300 passengers per hour. Facilities within the terminal and concourses are extensive, and include a large variety of airport shops and restaurants, free Wi-Fi connections, battery charging stations, Credit Unions, ATMs, currency exchange services, U.S. Mail Drop Boxes, several smoking lounges, a British Airways Executive Club, an American Airlines Admirals Club and a United Club. The airport is completely accessible to disabled passengers as well.

The airport can be reached by public bus services or by taxis. The buses are operated by RTD (Regional Transportation District), and there are six convenient routes available. There are no direct train services to the airport at this point in time. A taxi from downtown Denver will cost about $55.00. Further details regarding airport bus and taxi services are available from the Ground Transportation Booth on Level 5 of the Jeppesen Terminal (303-342-4059), or general airport information is available at 303-342-2000. The terminal building is also circulated by Airport Ambassadors wearing white cowboy hats, and who are willing to assist passengers with their enquiries.

Denver International directions in further detail are available online, at, or motorists could contact the airport for more information.

If you intend to travel around the area during your stay, it might be more economical to rent a car at Denver International Airport.

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