Getting Around Aspen
The best way to get around Aspen is on foot or by bus. Bringing your own car will prove to be a headache, particularly with the limited parking and the challenges of driving in winter weather. Instead, consider getting acquainted with the town on foot. When it comes to getting to and from the slopes, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has you covered, offering regular and affordable service to the major ski areas (the ride from Aspen to Snowmass is free). RFTA also provides free service from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) to central Aspen; service from the airport to Snowmass will cost you a few dollars. If you are flying into Denver International Airport (DEN) or Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), service to Aspen is offered by Colorado Mountain Express (fees vary).
You can rent a car in Denver or at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. From Denver, take I-70 to Aspen's Route 82, the town's main thoroughfare.
|On Foot||When it comes to exploring Aspen, all you need is a comfy pair of shoes or snow boots. This tiny mountain town (measuring a measly 3.5 square miles) is easy to explore on foot.|
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority runs an affordable and reliable bus service; buses – which connect Aspen to nearby ski areas (including Snowmass) and neighboring villages – run approximately every half hour. You can ride to and from Snowmass for free, but you'll have to cough up a few bucks to head down the valley to towns like Glenwood Springs. Single-ride fares range from $1 to $10, depending on your destination.
|Car||You don't need a car to make the most of your time in Aspen: Your feet will suit you just fine in town, and the bus will get you to and from the ski areas in an affordable and timely fashion. But if you do plan on having a car handy, be prepared for difficult driving conditions during the winter, as well as limited parking throughout the year.|
Taxis are readily available in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, but you can save money by relying on the bus. Both Colorado Mountain Express and High Mountain Taxi offer services to and from the airports. High Mountain Taxi also provides taxi transport around town and to the ski areas.
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