GWS2013: Getting to Denver

By air

Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 18 miles northeast of downtown on the plains. Frontier, United, and Southwest airlines all maintain hubs in Concourses A, B, and C respectively. Most other major domestic carriers also have service here.

The airport can be crowded due to a post-9/11 security redesign that created a single central screening station, followed by a train that passengers must take to Concourses B and C.   It can take up to an hour to get from the ticket line to the gate, so travelers should get to the airport at least 1.5 hours before their scheduled departure time. In addition, there will be a couple of large construction projects going on near the airport that may slow traffic in and out of DIA a bit, so you may want to add even more lead time.

Getting to the Sheraton Downtown from DIA:

  • By airport shuttle. The Sheraton uses the SuperShuttle as its service.  Fares as of this writing are $22 one-way and $35 round-trip.  You can book online through the link.
  • By public bus.  The public bus service to the airport is called skyRide; it's run by the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD).  To get from DIA to the Shertaon, use skyRide Route AF. It takes you from the airport to the Market Street RTD Terminal at the corner of 16th and Market downtown; click the link above for schedules and fares.  From there, you can hop the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle Bus going south, where you can get off right at the Sheraton. At the airport, purchase tickets at the RTD desk in the main terminal.
  • By taxi.  The estimated one-way fare (including 15% tip) is $75.
  • Car rentals from all major companies are available at DIA.  Unless you plan to travel outside the city during your stay, a car is unnecessary, but if you need one, there is both self-parking ($24/day) and valet parking ($30/day) at the hotel.

 

By rail

Amtrak's California Zephyr train stops in Denver once a day, continuing east to Chicago and west to Emeryville, California. Union Station, where the trains normally stop, is currently undergoing renovations; a temporary station has been set up at Wewatta and 21st Street, across the train tracks from Coors Field. To get to downtown from the station, head down Wewatta Street along the railroad tracks past Union Station to 16th Street (about 5 blocks), at which point you can catch the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle down to the Sheraton.

 

By car

  • I-25 (north and south), I-70 (east and west), and I-76 (northeast) are the major interstates leading in and out of the city. I-225 and I-270 cross the Denver area.
  • Interstate 70 connects Denver to Salt Lake City, to the west, and Kansas, to the east.
  • Interstate 25 connects Denver to Colorado Springs in the south and Cheyenne, Wyoming in the north.

Driving directions to the Sheraton Downtown:

From East

  •  Take Interstate 70  or Interstate 76 West to Interstate 25 South. 
  • Take the exit for Colfax Avenue.
  •  Turn left onto Colfax Ave and travel 1.3 miles.
  • Turn left at Court Place, travel two blocks to hotel.

From North

  • Take Interstate 25 South.
  • Take the exit for Colfax Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Colfax Ave and travel 1.3 miles.
  • Turn left onto Court Place, travel two blocks to hotel.

From West

  • Take Interstate 70 or 76 East to Interstate 25 South.
  • Take the exit for 210A W. Colfax Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Colfax Ave and travel 1.3 miles.
  • Turn left onto Court Place, travel two blocks to hotel.

From South

  •  Take Interstate 25 North.
  • Take the exit for Colfax Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Colfax Ave and travel 1.3 miles.
  • Turn left onto Court Place, travel two blocks to hotel.