How To Get There
Where is Breckenridge?
The Breckenridge ski resort sits above and to the west of the town of Breckenridge Colorado
. Breckenridge is located 80 miles (129km) west of Denver and 104 miles (166km) from Denver International Airport.
Breckenridge is situated in Summit County on Co Highway 9, about 10 miles from the I-70 and the town of Frisco Colorado
The Denver International Airport is the main gateway airport, receiving flights from a multitude of airports across the US. To make searching for flights to Denver easier, use one of the recommended flight search
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Denver Airport to Breckenridge Shuttle
If you’re just visiting Breckenridge and not undertaking a multi-resort tour, it’s probably easiest to use a shuttle service to get to Breckenridge, because once you’re there you won’t need a car.
There are an array of private transport companies providing very regular shuttle van services (ie every hour), or private transfers between the Denver airport and your Breckenridge accommodation.
It’s also possible to get a Greyhound bus from the airport to Frisco, and then use the Summit Stage coach bus to get to Breckenridge.
Driving to Breckenridge
Alternatively it’s very easy to rent a car in Denver or at Denver International Airport and drive to Breckenridge. Use one of our car rental
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The drive from Denver takes about 1.5 hours, and from Denver International Airport about 2 hours. Drive times can vary significantly depending on the weather, road conditions and traffic. Due to the high concentration of ski resorts around Summit County and Vail, there can be horrendous traffic on weekends and holidays, especially on a powder day.
Occasionally severe storms can close the I-70, but it’s usually not closed for very long.
For day trippers there are parking lots near the BreckConnect Gondola that attract a small fee, with higher rates on weekends and holidays. The parking lots are huge so there can be a bit of a hike to get to the gondola.
There is also paid parking up near Beaver Run at Peak 9 which is much more convenient but costs a little more. Both sets of parking have a car pooling incentive whereby you get a discount with four or more people in the vehicle.
Free parking is available in the Airport Road lot, with a free shuttle to take you to the gondola.
For vacationers, most accommodations provide parking for a fee. If you’re staying up on the mountain and want to travel down to the town of Breckenridge, be aware that parking in town can be somewhat tricky, particularly on the weekends. You’re better off catching a shuttle between your accommodation and town.
Orientation to Breckenridge and Getting Around Breckenridge
is reasonably compact and it’s pretty easy to get around on foot. Some parts of town are very close to chair lifts whilst other areas require a 10 minute walk to get to the lifts. As an alternative, regular Free Ride buses provide transport around the downtown areas and to the ski slopes, operating 6am to midnight.
The Peak 9
area is where the Beaver Run Resort is located. This is about 10-15 minutes walk up the hill from downtown. The Beaver Run Resort
has a regular shuttle bus service to connect the two areas that runs from 7am to 2am.
The Peak 8
base area has the One Ski Hill Place accommodations. It’s not really walking distance between downtown Breckenridge and Peak 8. The two areas are connected by the BreckConnect gondola during the daytime, and in the evenings One Ski Hill Place runs a shuttle service to and from town.
The Peak 7
base area also has a couple of large accommodations, and similarly isn’t really within walking distance of town. The BreckConnect gondola provides transport between town and Peak 7 during the day, whilst a shuttle service is available in the evenings.
Getting Around Summit County
Free transport via the Summit Stage buses
is available to and from the towns of Frisco
, Dillon and Silverton, as well as Keystone ski resort
and Copper Mountain
Other Summit County Ski Resorts
Summit County has a high concentration of ski resorts.
Keystone Ski Resort
is about 14 miles away (30 minutes) from Breckenridge by road. Keystone is also owned by Vail Resorts and can be accessed off the same lift pass.
is a little further along the Loveland Pass Road, a 22 mile (40 minute) drive. Arapahoe Basin is also accessible using the Epic Pass.
is located right on the I-70, an 18 mile drive (20 minutes) away. Copper isn’t accessible on the Epic Pass, but this factor probably makes it a whole lot less crowded.
The low key Loveland Ski Area is about 16 miles from Breckenridge, located near the town of Georgetown on the East side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Also nearby is the massive Vail Ski Resort
, 37 miles away (40 minute drive), and Beaver Creek
(47 miles – 50 minutes). Both ski resorts are also owned by Vail Resorts and accessible on the same lift ticket. There are various shuttle services that operate between Breckenridge and Vail and Beaver Creek.