Denver to Cheyenne, and vice versa, is a route that's pretty straightforward between Colorado and Wyoming. Whether you're traveling for work or play, I-25 North takes you straight to the heart of The Cowboy State. There are three main ways to get from Denver to Cheyenne: Flying, taking the bus, or driving. Driving is by far the most efficient, cheapest, and quickest way to get to and from. While this should only take about two to three hours, I-25 can be a tricky drive depending on the time of day or accidents along the way.
Here's what you need to know about traveling from Denver to Cheyenne.
|How to Get From Denver to Cheyenne|
|Travel Method||Travel Time||Cost|
|Bus||~2 to 2.5 hours||$20+|
Driving from Denver up north is the quickest and cheapest way to make the journey. Depending on the time of day, you can do this drive in under two hours without stopping along the way. Greyhound offers several trips seven days a week, adding another hour or so to the total travel time. Flying can be expensive but will get you there the quickest.
Driving from Denver to Cheyenne is the way to go, except during rush hour. Rush hour can add an hour or more to each trip. If you avoid rush hour, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., your drive should be easy barring accidents slowing things down on the I-25 corridor.
This is a straight shot from Denver and beyond. You’ll take I-25 North for the most direct route. Depending on traffic, you may be diverted east off I-25 through Greely then back up north to Cheyenne. This route often has accidents littering the way during peak travel times. Refer to Google Maps, Waze, and your GPS to find the best route around it.
If you have to take this route often, try to drive it during non-rush hour or carpool where possible to save time.
Taking Greyhound from Denver to Cheyenne is an experience, but it is cheap. If you’ve never taken Greyhound from downtown Denver before, prepare yourself for an interesting trip.
There are typically two to three trips from Denver to Cheyenne on Greyhound a day, depending on the time of year. In the summer, Greyhound sometimes adds a super-early trip in the morning. These trips can be as cheap as $20 one-way and can be as quick as an hour and 50 minutes if everything goes according to plan. The trips start at downtown Denver’s Greyhound station before stopping at Union Station, then heading either directly to Cheyenne or with a brief layover in Greely. The latter trip clocks in at about two-hours
Since this is such a short trip on a much larger route west, this trip is often running behind. Since a third-party provider services the route, you may not always be able to get accurate tracking information on where the bus is and when it will arrive at the Greyhound station or Union Station. It’s not unheard for this two-hour trip to take five or six hours because of delays.
Flying is by far a ridiculous way to get from Denver to Cheyenne unless you want to spend a lot of money to get there. Tickets range from $150 or more because you’re relying on regional airlines or private charter planes to get you there. The flight itself will take less than an hour, so if you need to get there quicker than driving, this is the way to do it. You’ll want to book well in advance if possible because these flights are smaller than what you’re used to and cost more closer to your travel date.
What to See in Cheyenne
While most people think of Cheyenne as a place you drive through on your way to something more exciting, that’s not true. While Cheyenne may not be a vacation destination, there are some things to do while in town, even for a day.
Cheyenne has a mall, movie theaters, restaurants, and bars to indulge in. If you’ve never been to Taco John’s—Cheyenne’s version of Taco Bell—you should give its Tex-Mex fast food spin a try. If you’re a history both, you’ll find the Wyoming State Museum and Cheyenne Depot Museum an excellent place to start.
Cheyenne is also known for Frontier Days, a yearly celebration of all things western. This week-long festival—featuring musical performances, a carnival, a huge rodeo, and more—attracts more people to the area than any other event in the area every year. If you plan to venture to Frontier Days, plan ahead, as the traffic up to Cheyenne during it is worse than rush hour.
Essential Travel Information
This trip is pretty straightforward, so long as you don’t run into any accidents along the way, and the weather holds out. This northern stretch of I-25 is prone to strong wind gusts, 60+ MPH depending on the time of year. It’s also known for hailstorms, some of which will force you to seek cover or pull over to the side of the road until visibility improves.
Colorado, in summer, gets afternoon thunderstorms for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. This is a common weather occurrence here and often disrupts commutes, especially during peak times. Make sure to keep this in mind as you’re planning your trips to and from. If you can avoid taking I-25 from Denver to Cheyenne from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, you’ll most likely avoid most storms that might make this trip longer than it needs to be.
When it comes to winds on this stretch of highway, keep both hands on the wheel and hunker down. If you have a lightweight car, you may consider sandbags or other precautions during, particularly windy days. Otherwise, stay the course and keep driving towards Cheyenne.
Hotels in the area, if you spend the night, tend to be pricy because the town is located along the highway route. Book ahead to save the most money.