Getting Around Telluride
The best way to get around Telluride is on foot. Because the town is literally one large ski resort, anything you could possibly need -- shops, cafés, restaurants, hotels -- is just a short walk away. However, if the chilly winter weather makes walking less-than-pleasant, the town does offer free shuttle service and gondola rides to and from the slopes. Getting into Telluride is a bit more difficult: The closest major airport -- the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) -- is approximately 300 miles east of town. The Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is much closer -- about five miles west of the village -- but flights here are limited. No matter which airport you choose, you'll need a car to get into Telluride.
|On Foot||Both Telluride and Mountain Village are extremely small and compact, meaning that everything you need is just a quick walk away. Plus, many recent travelers agree that the best way to experience the historic district's cozy atmosphere is to take to the streets.|
You can also rely on the Galloping Goose shuttle, which runs a loop around Telluride every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The goose stops at major sites like Town Park and is free to ride.
For many Telluride visitors, a gondola ride is one of the most memorable parts of the trip. These 13-minute rides between Telluride and Mountain Village offer spectacular views of the resort and the surrounding San Juan Mountains. And the best part: The gondola is free. It runs every day of the week, although hours of operation may vary depending on the season.
|Car||You will need a car to get to Telluride from either airport. Renting is a good option from the COS Airport, and it's also the cheapest option for those who arrive into TEX Airport. Shuttle service is available however, from TEX. If you need to, you'll also find rental agencies in Historic Telluride. If you're visiting during the snowy season, consider renting a four-wheel drive vehicle to better tackle wintery roads.|