Getting Around Vail
The best way to get around Vail is via public transportation. In fact, the village's shuttle service is the only thing you can count on to be affordable. There is also a regional bus service connecting Vail to other nearby towns like Beaver Creek. You can also rent a car, which will come in handy if you're looking to explore some of the region's parks like The Holy Cross Wilderness Area or the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Car rentals are available at the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), which is located approximately 36 miles west of the resort area. You can also choose to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN), located 120 miles east. If you're arriving into Denver, consider taking the Colorado Mountain Express, which provides scheduled shuttle services from the airport directly to Vail.
The Town of Vail Transit Department operates the largest free transportation system in the country. Shuttles run every day throughout the year, connecting the east and west sides of Vail.
The Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority (known as ECO Transit) provides regularly scheduled bus service between Vail and other areas of the valley like Beaver Creek, Minturn and the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). Service starts at around 5 a.m. and continues until around 10:30 p.m. Fares range from $4 to $7 per ride, depending on the route.
Having a car will come in handy if you're looking to visit Vail Valley's wilderness areas, but if you're planning to mostly ski or stay in town, this option might be more trouble than it's worth. And during the peak tourist seasons, rental rates skyrocket. You'll be better off simply relying on public transportation. Plus, you'll dodge pricey parking rates.
The valley's villages – including Vail, Beaver Creek and Minturn – are relatively small and designed with vacationers in mind. Therefore, if you're planning to stick around town, you'll do just fine on your own two feet.
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