How to Use Denver’s Light Rail System
Navigating a new city can be tough, especially when you have to drive through downtown, figure out how to get exactly where you’re trying to go and find and pay for parking. Luckily, Denver has a public transportation system that is fairly easy to use and takes you everywhere you’re trying to go. With 9 different lines, their light rail system is sure to be a step closer to your destination.
So, how do you ride?
It’s as simple as finding the nearest rail station. Some of them even offer parking. You’ll buy your ticket at the station. For a one-way trip, a local ticket costs $2.60, a regional ticket costs $4.50 and an airport ticket costs $9, but there are a variety of different discounts that are offered. The different ticket costs are based on how many stops you’ll be riding the light rail for. Then, hop on your train, and watch for your stop. The official public transportation offers a convenient trip planner, just in case the place you’re looking for isn’t included on this list.
Denver Airport, Line A, Stop: Denver Airport
The A Line starts at Union Station in downtown Denver and can take you all the way to the airport for $9. If you start at Union Station, instead of one of the 6 stops between there and the airport, the ride should only take about 37 minutes.
Santa Fe Art District, Lines C, D, E, F & H, Stop: 10th & Osage
The “Gateway to Denver” is home to studios and galleries to give you an idea of art’s rich history in the Denver area. The district has been featured in a variety of different national publications and hosts First Fridays on the first Fridays of each month.
Coors Field, Lines C, E & W, Stop: Union Station
Pepsi Center (& Elitch Gardens), Lines C, E & W, Stop: Pepsi Center & Elitch Gardens
Mile High Stadium, Lines C, E & W, Stop: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Catch a game at any of these three places, or check out Elitch Gardens for some amusement park fun. Baseball, hockey, basketball and football tickets for Denver’s teams can be found here (link to favorite Denver teams blog?).
iFly, Line E, Stop: Lincoln
Try your hand at skydiving before actually jumping out of a plane. iFly offers indoor skydiving and flying and is the perfect place to plan an afternoon activity.
16th Street Mall, Lines C, D & H, Stop: 16th & California
Park Meadows Mall, Lines E & F, Stop: County Line
Denver has a lot of different areas for great shopping, and these two can be found within walking distance from the light rail stations. Lots of stores, activities and restaurants are just waiting to be explored.
University of Denver, Line F, Stop: University of Denver
The university has a campus full of historic buildings that make for a beautiful view on an afternoon stroll. DU is home to a great lacrosse team that continually wins championships.