How to Travel From Denver to Colorado Springs by Bus, Car, and Plane

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TripSavvy / Christopher Larson

Denver to Colorado Springs is one of the most common routes in the state of Colorado. Whether it’s visiting the Springs for work or play, more drivers make that trek daily than you can imagine. A 69-mile drive south, it seems like a straight shoot, but traffic and weather can cause this drive to take forever.

There are three main ways to get from Denver to Colorado Springs: driving, taking the bus, and flying. Driving is the quickest and easiest way to get to the Springs, but you may want to consider each option before deciding which mode of transit is best for you.

How to Get From Denver to Colorado Springs
  Time  Cost  Best For
Bus 1 hour, 30 minutes from $6 Travelers who don't—or don't want to—drive 
Plane 40 minutes from $75  
Car  1 hour, 12 minutes 69 miles (111 kilometers) Arriving on a time crunch; exploring the local area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Denver to Colorado Springs?

Driving from Denver to Colorado Springs is the best option, as it is often the cheapest way to get from one city to the next. Your gas mileage will vary depending on your car, but plan to pay at least $6 to fill your tank.

The 69-mile route down I-25 makes this the most direct option as well. It takes roughly an hour and 12 minutes to drive, though traveling during rush hour (which falls between 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) will add upwards of 30 minutes to your trip. If you can avoid traveling during peak times—especially during weekdays—you’ll avoid the worst traffic between the two cities.

Pro tip: If you’re planning a few days in the Springs area, lodgings off I-25 will save you the most money.

Is There a Bus That Goes From Denver to Colorado Springs?

If you don’t drive or don’t want to, taking the bus is your next best option. This trip takes roughly one hour and 30 minutes, and is serviced by Bustang and Greyhound.

The Bustang is part of the Regional Transportation Department (RTD) slate of services. You can catch the Bustang in downtown Denver or at Park-n-Rides throughout the metro region. One-way fares cost $6; you can purchase a single-ride ticket on board the bus (must have cash), or a multiple-ride ticket via the mobile app. The Bustang from Denver to the Springs operates seven days a week, with buses running less frequently on weekends and holidays. See the Bustang website for the full schedule.

As part of other connected services, Greyhound runs buses three times a day from downtown Denver to Colorado Springs. One-way tickets typically start at $14. The easiest way to book a Greyhound bus is online or through their mobile app. Make sure to read the terms and conditions—often trips are non-refundable and have a change fee.

How Long Is the Flight?

The flight from Denver to Colorado Springs is roughly 40 minutes, making it technically the fastest option. However, this does not factor in the time it takes to get to and from the airport, check your bags, and go through security—so you would likely spend more time in transit than if you were to drive or take the bus. With fares starting at $75, flying is the most expensive method as well.

While we do not recommend flying, if this is your preferred mode of transit, United is the primary carrier that serves routes between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Colorado Springs Airport (COS). They offer multiple flights throughout the day; we recommend booking early for the best price, as smaller, regional routes like this tend to be more expensive in general.

You can also charter a private jet from DIA or regional airports, but the costs associated with these types of flights can add up—it’d be easier and cheaper to drive at that point.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

COS is not served by a public transportation system. To get to your final destination, you can arrange a charter bus, shuttle, or ski shuttle. Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are also available.

What Is There to Do in Colorado Springs?

Downtown Colorado Springs is filled with restaurants, breweries, and a main street dotted with shops and art galleries. Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is one of our favorite stops, while The Rabbit Hole is a great place for a date night—if you can find its entrance.

Located nearby is the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the United States Air Force Academy, and USA Olympics headquarters. Garden of the Gods is a must-see—especially during the spring and fall—and Manitou Springs, which features unique cliff dwellings, is just a short drive away. Pay a visit to The Broadmoor, even if you don’t spend the night. The Golden Bee is a great destination for inspired cocktails and gastropub fare.

If you like the great outdoors, rafting, zip-lining, hikes, and more await. Some of the best 14ers are in the area, including Pikes Peak. There are numerous scenic drives, too, such as Skyline Drive and the Gold Belt Scenic Byway.

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