Boulder Travel Guide

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Getting Around Boulder

The best ways to get around Boulder are by bike and bus. Bike paths and trails meander throughout the city and nearby parks, and you can rent your own set of wheels for between $40 and $60 a day at local bike shops. If you grow weary, the Regional Transportation District operates extensive bus and shuttle routes throughout the city. Getting to Boulder may seem like a feat: The city does not have its own airport, meaning visitors must pass through Denver. But making your way to Boulder from the Denver International Airport (DEN)  located about 45 miles southeast of the city  is actually easy. You can ride RTD (at $9 one-way, this is the cheapest, yet most time-consuming option) or hop on the SuperShuttle or Green Ride Boulder. Cabs and rental cars are also available at the airport, but one-way taxi rides cost a flat rate of $88.57 and you'll have to grapple with limited parking if you decide to drive.

Bike

Biking is the preferred method among Boulderites. Many streets are equipped with bike lanes, and the city features an extensive trail system reaching into the surrounding parkland. You can rent a bike for $40 to $60 a day at one of the many rental agencies  such as Full Cycle  in the downtown area. You can also make use of the growing Boulder B-cycle bike-share program, which offers daily passes for $8 that you can purchase at any B-cycle station.

On Foot If you're looking to see the sights, all you'll need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Downtown Boulder  especially the Pearl Street Mall and the University of Colorado campus  can easily be explored on foot.
Bus

When you tire of walking or biking, the Regional Transportation District makes a great alternative. RTD's bus routes service Boulder and the greater Denver area, including the Denver International Airport. Single rides cost between $2.60 and $4.50 per person depending on where you're traveling (one-way trips to and from the airport cost $9 per person). But if you're planning on using the bus as your primary form of transportation, consider purchasing a 10-Ride Ticketbook for $23.50 to $40.50 (based on whether you plan to use local or regional routes).

Car A car could come in handy if you're hoping to escape Boulder for the nearby Rocky Mountains. You can rent one at the Denver airport, but there are also several rental agencies in Boulder. Just keep in mind that city parking might be a hassle, particularly downtown where meters will eat up your change. For free parking, look along side streets away from the center of town.

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