Travel to the Vail Valley

Getting Here & Around

Navigating the Rocky Mountains is exciting in itself seeing the majestic mountain scapes and exploring the terrain — whether you are flying or driving. Commuting from Denver International Airport (DIA) is a 2 hour drive to Vail. Driving up on a Friday afternoon guarantees traffic, so watch out. Flying to the newly renovated Eagle County Airport (EGE) is convenient and adventurous flying in over the mountain tops — maybe try to grab a window seat? Renting a car or booking a shuttle service with Epic Mountain Express and Peak 1 Express is available at both locations, DIA and EGE airports.  The award winning Vail Valley Jet Center allows for chartered flights with state of the art accommodations and services. Vail, Beaver Creek and ECO Transit bus systems allow for easy transit from town to town and within the villages once you’re here.

EAGLE COUNTY AIRPORT

Skip the traffic by flying directly into Eagle County Airport (EGE), located just 30 minutes from the resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. Your vacation starts the moment you walk off the plane, with less time traveling and more time in the mountains. For more information, visit flyvail.com.

DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Located two hours east of the Vail Valley, Denver International Airport (DEN) boasts non-stop service to over 100 cities worldwide on 16 airlines. Book flights, find shops and restaurants and check the airport security wait times at flydenver.com.

COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT

Just shy of 3 hours from the Vail Valley, the Colorado Springs Airport is another great option to fly into. It has convenient nonstop service to 8 major cities & 10 airports. Search flights at coloradosprings.gov/flycos.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Rental cars are not needed and often are not driven except to and from the Denver Airport. Avoid parking hassles and don’t worry about driving through the Rocky Mountains or road conditions.

  • Epic Mountain Express — Epic Mountain Express’ drivers are trained for Colorado’s weather, and will deliver you confidently to start your ski trip off right.
  • Peak 1 Express — Peak 1 Express offers safe, affordable, direct transportation between Denver International Airport and all Summit County/ Vail Valley locations in Mercedes Sprinter vans.
  • Blue Sky Limo — Blue Sky Limo provides exclusive private airport shuttle service by utilizing a fleet of luxury world-class SUVs and highly trained professional drivers. Servicing both Denver International as well Eagle Regional Airports.
  • InterMountain Express — InterMountain Express offers airport private shuttle and luxury airport limo service in each direction between Denver International Airport and Vail and Beaver Creek.

BUSES & CARPOOLING

There are also a few rideshare options to get up to the Vail Valley from Denver.

  • Bustang — Bustang’s West Line offers transportation to Vail, Avon and Eagle from Denver. Each Bustang coach is equipped with a restroom, bike racks, free WiFi, power outlets and USB ports.
  • Pegasus — Conquer weekend traffic with Bustang’s winged shuttle service. Travel in comfort from Denver’s Union Station up and down I-70 with stops at the Denver Federal Center, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon.
  • GoI70 — GoI70 offers two carpooling options to get to your favorite ski resort from Denver.

CHARTERED FLIGHTS

The Vail Valley Jet Center, located at the Eagle County Airport, offers numerous services for personal aircraft and assists in arranging charter flights. Dedicated to providing exceptional operational and technical service, the Vail Valley Jet Center offers a comfortable lobby with a fireplace, grand piano, fresh-baked cookies and popcorn, concierge, two conference rooms, business center, private changing areas with showers and more. Visit vvjc.com for more information.

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.

Visitor Information from the Locals

Rocky Mountain Airport Transportation: Your Complete Guide

Are you planning a winter sports getaway to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? The ski resorts in Vail Valley, Summit County, and Aspen/Snowmass are some of the world's most sought-after destinations for skiing and snowboarding, drawing over 12 million visitors annually. However, visiting a new destination can be daunting, especially when traveling with family or a group of friends. There are many things to consider ahead of time to ensure a great...
Read More

Winter Wednesday Art Walks Return to Vail

Enjoy a free one-hour public art tour of Vail on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting January 4 through April 5, 2023 with the Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure. The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the...
Read More

Ring in the holidays with Canadian Brass and Kantorei – A Holiday Spectacular at the Vilar Performing Arts Center

Celebrating 25 years of world-class entertainment in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is once again getting audiences in the holiday spirit with festive performances through the New Year. On Friday, Dec. 23, all-brass chamber group Canadian Brass take the VPAC stage with Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei for a Holiday Spectacular. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian...
Read More

All Tips & Info