Getting Around Breckenridge
The best way to get around Breckenridge is through a combination of walking and driving. Although the restaurants, bars and shops of Main Street are best explored on foot, you'll likely need a car to reach places farther afield, such as Boreas Pass Road. If you don't want to rent your own wheels, you can get around on the Free Ride bus service, which connects much of the town and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Cycling is a popular pastime in the summer, and taxis and ride-hailing services are available year-round.
To reach Breckenridge, most travelers fly into Denver International Airport (DEN), which is more than 100 miles east, or Colorado Springs Airport (COS), about 115 miles southeast, and either rent a car or catch a shuttle into town. Colorado Mountain Express is a popular shuttle company with a variety of departures from the Denver airport to Breckenridge. If you're flying into Colorado Springs, consider the Colorado Springs Shuttle or Rocky Mountain Ride.
Breckenridge's 19th-century town, especially Main Street, is best experienced on foot, but to reach the ski slopes and some of the other top attractions, visitors will need to rely on some wheels.
In the summertime, Breckenridge locals trade in their skis and snowboards for their bikes. In fact, the town even earned the status of a gold-level bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Visitors can rent a bike from places like Alpine Sports or Elevation Ski & Bike to cycle around town or hit the mountain trails. Rental prices can vary by bike type, but generally, half-day rentals (four hours or less) start at $25; full-day rentals start at $35.
A rental car gives travelers the most flexibility to get where they want to go on their own timelines. Visitors can rent cars at the Denver or Colorado Springs airports, as well as in Breckenridge. Still, those unfamiliar with driving in icy or snowy terrain should keep in mind that mountain roads can be quite slick and might want to rely instead on the Free Ride bus transport. The car-sharing service Zipcar also operates in the Breckenridge area, which may be a favorable option if you're planning to make a daytrip to nearby Vail or need your own set of wheels for an afternoon.
Bus and Trolley
Breckenridge offers a free bus service funded by the town of Breckenridge and Breckenridge Ski Resort called Free Ride, which runs color-coded routes that connect most of the town and the ski resort. Visitors can also grab a free ride on the Main Street Trolley, which travels up and down the popular shopping and dining street. Most buses run every 20 to 30 minutes; services start around 6 a.m. and stop around 11 p.m. You can pick up bus maps and timetables at Breckenridge Station (the town's transit center), the Welcome Center or on the buses themselves, and keep in mind that bus schedules change in November and April.
Although they're not the most cost-effective method of getting around, taxis or Ubers are an option for getting around at night, especially if you've indulged in the après-ski scene. The Breckenridge Tourism Office recommends 453 Taxis and Jake's Mountain Shuttle.
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