Transportation to Summit County
Getting to Summit County
Driving Your Car
I-70: Denver is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Breckenridge. However, the Denver Airport is another 30 minutes east of Denver and makes the drive from Denver Airport to Breckenridge about 2 hours. The most popular way is by driving I-70 and is about 100 miles. In the winter a many times I-70 enforces the traction law and proper snow tires or chains are required.
US Hwy 285 N: An alternative way to get to Breckenridge from Denver Airport is via US Hwy 285 N which is about 130 miles long and the trip is most likely to take about 2.5 hours. Keep in mind that this route takes you through a couple of mountain passes that can be very dangerous if proper care is not taken. If I-70 is closed this is the only way to get to Breckenridge from Denver.
Make sure you check road conditions before you travel to Breckenridge, CO.
By Rental Car
If you are flying in and renting a car, there are plenty of car rental services at the airport. However, we recommend using one of the two services that have a location in Summit County in case of any issues.
- Enterprise Car Rentals – located in Silverthorne, CO
- Hertz – located in Frisco, CO
Since Breckenridge is a tourist destination there are a variety of shuttle services available to and from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge, CO. Shuttle carriers offer their services daily with multiple pick-ups and drop-off times. You can schedule a pick up at your vacation rental or home location or you can be picked up at the common stop. During peak season making reservations well ahead of time are highly recommended. View individual carriers for schedules and pricing.
Traveling Around Breckenridge
Whether you’re arriving in Summit County with or without a car, finding ways to get around the county will not be a problem. Summit County has several transportation options.
The bus system in Breckenridge and Summit County is free for locals and visitors. It is a very convenient way to get around the town and avoid traffic.
This is the bus system that operates around the Town of Breckenridge. There are plenty of bus routes available and you can get to all areas of the town. Each bus route has a different color and you can easily identify the routes. Visit this page for more information and a bus schedule.
Summit Stage offers free public transit service within Summit County, providing access to our public lands, lodging, town centers, retail areas, and medical centers. The buses connect in between all nearby communities. The schedule changes twice a year – one for winter and one for summer.
Visit Summit Stage website for more information.
The SmartBus system allows you to view real-time bus locations on their routes. Riders can access real-time information about routes, stops and bus locations from a variety of devices via:
– Phone App (Available for Android and Apple)