Transportation Guide: Vail, Colorado

Tucked away in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, Vail is broken up into three main areas of town: West Vail, Vail Mountain, and East Vail. Its easy to get from one to the other via the ski town’s public transportation system, and within the ‘hoods themselves pedestrians have full control of the winding, cobblestone streets. Here is a quick guide to getting around in Vail.

Getting to Vail
From Eagle County Airport
The Eagle County Airport is located approximately 35 miles from Vail.

By Bus: Eagle County (ECO) Transit‘s Gypsum line runs at regular intervals throughout the day and drops off at the Vail Transportation Center.
Cost: $4 (purchase on the bus)
Duration: 1 hour (Note that some of the midday buses may take an hour and a half. Check the schedule for full details.)

By Shuttle: Vail Airport Shuttle Bus offers door-to-door service
Cost: $50 one-way (book online to give your flight details)
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

From Denver International Airport
The Denver International Airport is a bit farther away, but is a larger airport and may service more flights. There are easy options to arrive in Vail from Denver.

By Bus: Eagle County (ECO) Transit‘s Gypsum line runs at regular intervals throughout the day and drops off at the Vail Transportation Center.
Cost: $4 (purchase on the bus)
Duration: 1 hour (Note that some of the midday buses may take an hour and a half. Check the schedule for full details.)

By Shuttle: Vail Airport Shuttle Bus offers door-to-door service
Cost: $90 one-way (book online to give your flight details)
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours (departs every hour from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

Getting Around Vail

By Bus
Eight Town of Vail Bus loops connect West Vail, Vail Mountain, and East Vail with frequent departure and arrival times, updated live by GPS to schedules displayed online and in the main Transportation Center hub. Vail Bus rides are free year-round. The main in-town route is the Vail Village/Lionshead loop, which stops near most big resorts and ski lifts. The times of operation for each bus route varies, but most in-town loops run from 6am until 2am. Skis and bikes are welcome on board.  For more info and to view bus schedules, go to vailgov.com.

ECO Transit provides bus service from the Transportation Center in Vail Village to Leadville, Minturn, Avon, Beaver Creek, Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum, and Dotsero. Buses leave every half hour and run from 6am to 2am. One-way fares range between $4 to $7 (bring exact change). Visit eaglecounty.us for more information.

By Shuttle
Most hotels also offer complimentary in-town shuttle service, dropping passengers near ski lifts and bus stations. Visit your hotel’s website for more info.

The Vail/Beaver Creek Ski Shuttle runs daily and offers transportation from Vail to Beaver Creek.  One-way fares cost $5. Visit vail.com for scheduling.

By Bike
Although the astounding number of bike trails that traverse Vail Mountain are hidden under snow in the winter, bikes are a handy way to get around in the summer. Ride along Gore Creek to reach the main areas of Vail. However, keep in mind that biking is prohibited on many of the pedestrian-friendly inner streets. For more information about where to rent a bike, visit vail.com.

By Foot
Pedestrian-only streets abound here. Most places are accessible by foot (or feet with skis or snowboards attached to them). Check out maps of the city and mountain at vail.com

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