Denver, CO
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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school gets all its students free transportation for the entire city of Denver - pretty cool.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: We get free public transportation which includes the light-rails. The taxi's get expensive but that's my only complaint.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no real campus transportation. It was advertised but is a lie.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: DU is right next to the light rail, all students get free public transportation, and even offers a ski bus to ski resorts on the weekends

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4 College Student

Transportation: The light rail and buses are free to take and go anywhere from downtown to the mountains. Also DU provides buses every weekend that goes to mountains that are fairly cheap.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 313rd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 789th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1199th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Winnetka, IL
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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Although Denver doesn't have the extensive public transportation system that is inseparable from many other metropolitan cities, it's not hard to get around. The free bus rides with Pioneer ID cards are convenient, as are the several bus stops located throughout campus. Common stops such as grocery stores, parks, and malls are within walking or at least biking distance. DU's campus welcomes bikes, as does Denver's weather and road conditions (for the most part). If you need to get somewhere farther away, such as the airport or across town, take the bus or a taxi. In a few years, transportation in Denver will be much smoother as the light-rail system continues to expand. Even now, taking the light rail is a favorable alternative to driving when headed downtown or to another part of Denver.

Even with the number of transportation options in Denver, many students still choose to bring their cars to campus. If you'd rather get around in a car, but don't have one on campus, chances are, you'll meet someone willing to take you places or lend you their car. But beware! Gas prices in Denver are relatively expensive, and parking is a headache throughout the city.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Cab ride
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $40.
  • Airport Boulevard Co. (303) 696-9559
  • Amer Trans Corp. (303) 922-6336
  • Colorado Express Airport Shuttle (303) 293-6546
  • Peak Transit (888) 687-3656
  • Peña Boulevard is the primary route to Denver International Airport,and is accessible from Interstate 70 (Exit 284 eastbound, Exit 285 westbound), from Airport Boulevard, from Tower Road, or from the E-460 toll road. Stay on Peña Boulevard, and follow the directional signs to the airport.
  • Supershuttle (303) 444-0808
  • Timberline Express (800) 288-1375

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

DU SafeRide

15-passenger van that stops at high-traffic areas throughout campus (early evenings through late nights only) Driscoll University Center South, Lower Level, Room 5

(303) 871-RIDE (7433)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Provides bus and light-rail service throughout Denver. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive bus passes that allow free rides. Light rail runs to downtown and has stops near campus.

(303) 299-2878

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Denver International Airport

DIA is about 30 miles and approximately 35 minutes driving time from DU.

(303) 342-2000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Denver Bus Station is the closest Greyhound terminal to campus

1055 19th St.

(303) 293-6555

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Denver Bus Station is the closest Amtrak terminal to campus

1055 19th St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 11% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 79% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 32% Nonexistent.
  • 8% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 23% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 21% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 75 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 73 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 76 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 43% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 75 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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