Traveling to Vail
If you’re driving a car, it may take you longer than normal to arrive in the Vail area. Traffic congestion during Ski season, Summer weekends, and Holidays may occur at peak hours of the weekend afternoons from Denver up to the Vail Valley on Interstate 70. If you are not a very experienced driver, the winter conditions may be a bit more challenging for you to navigate. If you are renting a vehicle in Denver or Eagle airports be SURE the car has 4-wheel or all wheel drive. If you’re visiting during peak times during ski season, Interstate 70 is often congested from Denver, east to west on Saturday and Sunday mornings and west to east on Sunday afternoons.
There are limited light sources on the highway and in places, there are no reflectors. Be sure that you are capable of handling this kind of road conditions before attempting to drive from another state.
There are numerous non-stop flights available directly into the Denver or Eagle County airports. Flight pricing changes throughout the year, so be sure to book your tickets when you find the best rate; we highly recommend booking as far in advance as possible. From the airports several chartered services are available to bring you into Vail. Once you arrive, you can take advantage of these shuttle services that will bring you to our area:
Greyhound is the all-around cheapest option for bus travel from the airports to Vail Valley. It is even cheaper if you purchase your tickets in advance.
Other Travel Options
There are limo, van and bus carriers that run routes to and from Aspen, Denver, and most of the surrounding areas in Colorado to Vail area. These choices are quite a bit more expensive than using a shuttle service.
Getting around Vail
Once in the Vail area, there are things to keep in mind, when getting around in the local area.
The Vail and Lionshead areas are more conducive to walking than driving. The best option is usually the free transportation that is available. Free shuttle service runs frequently (every 15 minutes, 20 minutes and hourly during ski season depending on your location) and can take you almost anywhere in the immediate area. This free bus service encompasses East Vail to West Vail and most hot spots are accessible by a short walk from the main bus routes.
Local Car Rental
All the major rental car agencies have locations at the Vail and Denver airports, but if you are going to rent a car prepare for the costs of parking garages in the area. Some places have valet parking, but these fill up very quickly or are not available at all. There is some local street parking, but you may not park on roads until the garages are completely full.
Local Chartered Services
There are local limousine, taxi, car and private shuttle services that are chartered for some extra incurred costs. Chartered and scheduled services are available to and from the major airports in Denver and Eagle County. These services are very accommodating and willing to work with the needs of customers. They all have 1-800 numbers to make conveniently scheduled pickups of you or your group. There are also Uber and Lyft services in the area.