Getting Around Colorado Springs
The best way to get around Colorado Springs is by car, since some of the city's most popular things to do – including the famous Pikes Peak – cannot be reached on foot from the city center. However, if you plan on spending the day in downtown Colorado Springs or nearby Manitou Springs, your own two feet and a comfy pair of shoes should suffice. You can rent a vehicle in town or at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), which is located about 11 miles east of central Colorado Springs. The city also features an affordable public bus system with more than 20 routes, many of which start or end in the downtown area. But bus services here better serve commuters than they do tourists, offering reliable, yet limited, weekend service. Another option is to swap four wheels for two: Many Colorado Springs streets boast bike lanes and the area also shelters nearly 200 miles of paved and unpaved trails. The city also has a bike-share program called PikeRide, where you can borrow a bike for as little as $2.
Colorado Springs' compact neighborhoods and grid-pattern layout make walking around an easy feat. And walking will allow you to peruse the many shops and galleries found in areas like
Old Colorado City
With some of the most noteworthy attractions sitting outside the city, you will need a car to get the most out of your trip. You can rent one when you land at Colorado Springs Airport, or you can wait until you get into town. You can also choose to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) and drive the 85 miles south to Colorado Springs. Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are also available, but using them frequently will end up costing more than a rental.
Over the past several years, Colorado Springs has become a more bike-friendly city with more than 100 miles of on-street bike lanes, 120 miles of paved urban bike paths and more than 60 miles of mountain bike trails. The city's bike-share program, called PikeRide, rents bike for $2 for 30 minutes; $10 for unlimited 60-minute rides in 24 hours; and $25 for unlimited 60-minute rides in 72 hours. There are 28 stations scattered throughout the city, with the highest concentration in the downtown area. Meanwhile, companies like Criterium Bicycles and Ted's Bicycles rent both road and mountain bikes for $30 to $60 per day.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit operates more than 20 local bus routes throughout Colorado Springs. Buses run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays (depending on the route); Saturday and Sunday service is not as frequent, and many routes cease operation after 7 p.m. (Note: these times are approximated and subject to change.) One-way rides for adults cost approximately $1.75, or you can purchase a day pass for $4.
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