Transportation to and around Boulder

From Denver International Airport

Around Boulder by bus, bike, and taxi

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From Denver International Airport

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Rooftops at Denver International Airport. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

NCAR/UCAR headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, are about 50 miles northwest of Denver International Airport.

 

RTD skyRide Bus

SkyRide's air conditioned buses have plush, adjustable seating and ample luggage storage; drivers take your bags at curbside and return them to you at your destination. This service of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) runs hourly between roughly 6:00 a.m. and midnight; travel time to Boulder is approximately 55-75 minutes, depending on time of day and weather.

Employees and official visitors: skyRide plus NCAR/UCAR Shuttle

Official visitors include researchers, professionals, and students invited to participate in our activities. Public visitors, please see below.

  • Employees ride free from DIA with currently valid EcoPass (rides to DIA require your EcoPass plus a reduced fare of $5.00)
  • Official visitors may purchase tickets at the RTD counter in the main terminal (northwest corner of fountain area) or pay exact fare on the bus.
  • Follow signs to the RTD bus stop at the airport (map)
  • Take the RTD skyRide AB bus (schedule - see West Bound section for service from terminal to Boulder)
  • Get off at the Table Mesa Park n' Ride stop in Boulder
  • Walk a few steps to the NCAR/UCAR shuttle van stop (map) and board the van traveling to the NCAR/UCAR campus you are visiting (schedule) (map of all our locations | Google Maps version)

Public visitors - skyRide plus taxi

  • Phone one of the Boulder taxi companies in advance to have them meet you at the Table Mesa Park n'Ride stop on arrival in Boulder.
  • Purchase tickets at the RTD counter in the main terminal (northwest corner of fountain area), or pay exact fare on the bus.
  • Follow signs to the RTD bus stop at the airport (map)
  • Take the RTD skyRide AB bus (schedule - see West Bound section for service from terminal to Boulder)
  • Get off at the Table Mesa Park n' Ride stop in Boulder
  • Tell the taxi driver which NCAR/UCAR campus you wish to visit (map of all our locations | Google Maps version)

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Commercial Shuttle Vans

Both shuttle services provide shared vans to hotels or requested drop-off locations. If coming directly to NCAR/UCAR/UCP, be sure to tell the driver which campus you are visiting (map of all our locations | Google Maps version).

GreenRide Boulder

GreenRide information, schedule, and pricing

Boulder SuperShuttle

Boulder SuperShuttle information, schedule, and pricing 

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For alternatives, see the DIA ground transportation page.

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Rental Car

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Around Boulder by bus, bike, and taxi

Photo of a man putting his bike on the bus rack
Commuting via bike and bus. (©UCAR, photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Bus Service

RTD Trip Planner

  • RTD Trip Planner - Enter start and end points, maximum walking distance, and preferred time, and this online service will plot your bus route.

Boulder Bus Routes

Several named bus routes in Boulder can get you to our campuses. For more about the city's named routes, see the city of Boulder's website.

HOP (University of Colorado, Downtown, NCAR/UCAR Shuttle stop at 29th Street)

SKIP (north and south on Broadway, NCAR/UCAR Shuttle stop at Table Mesa/Broadway)

BOLT (between Longmont and downtown Boulder, stops near Foothills and Center Green campuses, Diagonal Hwy. and 47th)

Use the links below for these numbered routes for more information on the RTD website:

205 (stops near Foothills and Center Green campuses, Diagonal Hwy. and 47th)

208 (between downtown Boulder and Center Green campus, stops at Valmont & 34th St.)

Bus fares

Bus fare information (all buses require exact change or EcoPass)

 

Photo of UCAR shuttle van
A UCAR/NCAR shuttle van. (©UCAR, photo by Carlye Calvin.)

UCAR/NCAR Shuttle

For employees and official visitors, UCAR provides scheduled service between our three Boulder campuses and major bus lines. There is no shuttle service to the Broomfield Research Aviation Facility.

All our shuttles have bike racks.

 

Bike & Pedestrian Routes

 

Blue & Red Bikes

Blue bicycles are available at FL2 and CG1 for short-term use by UCAR and NCAR employees and official visitors.  Borrow one to travel between campuses or run errands.

 

Red bicycles are provided by Boulder B-cycle, a community nonprofit organization whose bike sharing stations can be found at Center Green, the Foothills Lab, and across Boulder.

  • UCAR employees are eligible for UCAR-sponsored annual membership.
  • Discounted one-week memberships are available to official visitors and attendees at UCAR-sponsored conferences. 
  • Anyone can use a credit card at any B-cycle station to purchase short-term access, or sign up online for 24-hour, 7-day, or annual access.

 

Taxis and Other Options

 

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