No Car, No Problem: Go Carless in Breckenridge

Plan Your Visit: Transportation Maps & Directions

You’ve heard of Sleepless in Seattle, but how about Carless in Breckenridge? During the winter season, why worry about clearing off ice and snow from your car? Let us handle clearing all the snow in town through our alternative transportation options! We have the ins and outs on how to get around town and make the most of the Breckenridge transportation services available.

Fact is, not only is going carless at 9,600 feet a real possibility, it’s a great way to get out from behind the wheel and tap into a mountain experience on foot, bike, shuttle or public transportation. The Town of Breckenridge has been hard at work increasing the walkability of our town with new LED lights, a re-designed Riverwalk pedestrian experience, and heated sidewalks so that you can enjoy our beautiful town on foot.

Provided you are staying in town, on a bus/shuttle route, or with a lodging company that offers transportation, taking a shuttle to and from the airport simplifies your in-town experience. For those who rented the remote cabin 10, 15 or 20 miles from town–you will need a car or cab service if you’d like to get out of that cabin!

Getting to Breckenridge without a car

Main Street in Breckenridge during Summer

Wondering how to get from DIA to Breckenridge without a car? It’s easy! Several companies run shuttles from Denver International Airport, making the connection a cinch. As the largest, Colorado Mountain Express tends to offer the most departures (so it’s easy to get rescheduled if your flight is late) and the best off-season service. Otherwise, most offer similar products at a similar price — don’t be afraid to deal-shop and call around for the best times. See the options on TripAdvisor.

From here, sit back and enjoy the ride to Breckenridge, you’re just 90 miles and about 4,000 vertical feet away from the top of the Colorado Rockies. Most shuttles offer free WiFi, providing you with plenty of time to check in with the office, friends, family or your favorite social networks.

On the cheap: This will take some time and planning, but you can take the RTD A Line train from the airport to Denver’s Union Station. From there, catch the Bustang to the Frisco Transfer Station, and the free Summit Stage into downtown Breckenridge. There’s currently no bag storage at Union Station, so if you aren’t packed light, be sure to check train/bus schedules and plan your flight accordingly (Bustang has only two departures per day in each direction).

Denver International Airport is a hub for many forms of Breckenridge Transportation.
Denver International Airport is the main travel hub for visitors flying into Colorado from out-of-state.

Consider lodging check-in/out times: If your lodging has an off-site check-in location and you arrive hours before check-in time, you might find yourself hauling luggage across town once the room is ready. The same goes for late night departures. Most properties will hold your luggage while you explore, but if you have lots of luggage and/or little ones in tow, ask your lodging representative about transportation to/from your room. This is not a concern for traditional resorts and lodges.

Do this: Plan to arrive in Breckenridge on a weekday, when I-70 tends to be smooth sailing (unless Mother Nature interferes with a snowstorm). If weekends are your only option, expect the shuttle ride (or drive) to take longer, especially westbound on Friday nights/Saturday mornings, and eastbound on Sunday afternoons.

Good to know: If you must rent a car, please familiarize yourself with traction laws and vehicle requirements for traveling during severe snowstorms. And remember, if storms are threatening to close the roads, just stay put and stay safe.

Getting Around Breckenridge Without A Car

With several base areas for skiing, a gondola from town and a trail network accessible just blocks from Main Street, most activities–including skiing, hiking, biking, shopping, eating, live music and more–are just a short stroll away once you reach downtown Breckenridge. The heart of Main Street is roughly six blocks; many rental properties sit within easy walking distance of Main. Whether you’re staying a little farther from Main Street, tired from a day exploring, or hauling groceries, there are lots of options to get around town.

Breckenridge’s Free Bus Service

The Main Street Trolley is a free transportation shuttle that services downtown Breckenridge.

The Free Ride bus system offers year-round service through town’s most popular neighborhoods, as well as a Main Street Trolley. Free Ride is free to all users and is a convenient way to get around town.  The bus also goes near many popular trailheads making it easy to hit the trails without a car.

Depending on the route, most buses run on  30min or 15min schedule.  The Free Ride now has an app that makes transportation through town seamless and stress-free. Download “My Free Ride” on your iPhone or Android to get real-time locations of all our buses and easily map out your trip from your lodging to activities. For those who don’t have the app, you can check the bus schedule online or bus stop.

Lodging Shuttle Service

The Village at Breckenridge
The Village at Breckenridge

If you are staying in one of Breckenridge’s many hotels or condominium complexes you’ll most likely have access to a complimentary hotel shuttle service.  The hotel shuttles will take you to local attractions, shops, restaurants, events and anywhere within Breckenridge limits for free.  Check with your lodging company to learn about available shuttle services.

Taxis & Ride Share Services

Breckenridge offers a wide range of rideshare programs including Uber, Lyft, ZipCar, Taxis services that will take you around town as well as neighboring towns throughout Summit County.

Self Propelled Transportation (Walking + Biking)

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Biking the Rec Path is the perfect way to spend time outdoors as a family.

It’s true, Breckenridge is a small mountain town which means it incredibly easy to get around it on foot or on bike.  Sidewalks abound and so do pedestrian-friendly crosswalks.  Technically, you can walk from one side of town to the other in roughly 15 minutes but we’re pretty sure our eclectic boutiques and delicious restaurants will entice you to slow down.  If you’d rather get around on two wheels, Breckenridge’s recreational trail and bike lanes have earned it a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Bike rentals are available throughout town and year-round thanks to the popularity of fat tire bikes.

Summit Stage

Summit Stage offers free public bus service throughout Summit County, providing service to ski areas, lodging, town centers, retail areas, medical centers, and some residential areas. This public transportation system connects Breckenridge with neighboring resorts of Keystone and Copper Mountain as well as the towns of Silverthorne, Frisco, and Dillon.

By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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