How to Get Around in Denver Colorado
If you want to explore Denver without having to go through the hassle and expense of renting a car, you’re in luck. Not only is this a very walkable city, with many attractions within walking distance, but there a number of other options in addition to your own two feet.
RTD Light Rail
The Regional Transportation District operates a light rail system that allows out-of-towners and local commuters to easily travel to many areas throughout the city, seven days a week. There are six light rail lines that stop at 46 stations across Denver and surrounding suburbs. You can board at any of the stations, picking up a ticket from the vending machines located in each one – cash, debit cards and credit cards are all accepted.
RTD also operates an extensive bus system with over 125 routes and more than 10,000 stops throughout the Denver metro area, including Boulder. While the routes can be a bit difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with the area, the system’s Trip Planner service can solve that problem, helping you to easily get just where you want to go.
16th Street Shuttle
If you want to explore the famous 16th Street Mall but don’t have the energy or inclination to walk, you can take the free 16th Street Shuttle. Also known as the MallRide, this hybrid vehicle traverses up and down the 16-block retail core of Denver’s downtown area. Riders can hop on at any intersection on 16th Street between Civic Center Station at Broadway and at Union Station on the west end.
Uber and Lyft
Both Uber and Lyft operate in Denver, offering a less expensive alternative to the city’s pricier taxis. If you haven’t tried it before, all you have to do is download the app for either, set your location, and request a ride from the fleet of drivers who typically use their own personal vehicle to give you a life. You’ll find out the fare before you’re picked up, as well as how soon your ride will be there. Most of the time, you’ll only have to wait a few minutes.
Rent a scooter
While it’s more expensive than renting a car, if you just need a vehicle to get you around town for a short period of time, renting a scooter may be a fun option. ScooTours Denver rents motorized, Vespa-style scooters, and all you need is to be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Driver’s license and a debit or credit card (unlike most rental car agencies which don’t accept debit cards), and know how to ride a bicycle. The company not only provides the liability insurance, but unlimited gas, eye protection, a helmet and lock, maps, sunscreen or gloves and hand warmers, depending on the season.
Platte Valley Trolley
The open-air Platte Valley Trolley is all that remains from the city’s once extensive network of trolleys, which makes it a must for many, just to experience a bit of nostalgia. It offers the Riverfront sightseeing route, taking passengers along the scenic South Platte Greenway and the South Platte River from Confluence Park to the Children’s Museum of Denver and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Along the way, it passes Elitch Gardens amusement park and the Downtown Aquarium.