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Denver Airport (DEN)
Official Name: Denver International Airport
Address: 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249, United States
IATA Code: DEN
Location: Denver International is located 25 miles away from downtown Denver.
Airlines operating at Denver Airport: DEN is served by international airlines, such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Icelandair, and by several US airlines, such as JetBlue Airways, US Airways and United Airlines.
Phone: +1 303-342-2000
Desks opening hours
Picking up a car hire at Denver Airport couldn't be easier, since the pick-up desks are open 24/7.
Denver Airport only has one terminal, the Jeppesen Terminal, which is divided into west side and east side, for passenger drop off and pick up. The ticket counter for British Airways is located on the west side. The gates are not located in the terminal, but rather in three midfield concourses: Concourse A, Concourse B and Concourse C (Also referred to as Gates A, B and C).
There's an underground people mover that connects the terminal to the three concourses, which is known as the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System, or AGTS for short. It takes around three minutes to go from Concourse A to Concourse B, and around five minutes to go from Concourse A to Concourse C. Concourse A is also connected to the terminal by a pedestrian bridge.
All international arrivals use Concourse A.
To pick up your car hire at Denver Airport, you must head to the pick-up desks, which are not located in the main terminal, but are still in the airport. There are shuttle buses connecting Jeppesen Terminal to the car rental locations. The shuttle buses stop at Level 5 of the terminal, Island 4, outside doors 505 to 513 if you're on the east side, and outside doors 504 to 512 if you're on the west side. The pick-up desks are open 24/7.
Both Jeppesen Terminal and the three concourses offer plenty of opportunity for shopping and dining, and each of them also houses an Airport Information Centre. Concourses A and B each have a massage parlour, perfect for a bit of relaxation before or after your trip. In this modern day and age, you'll also be glad to know that there are battery charging stations at Gates A, B and C, where you can easily recharge your phone, laptop or other mobile devices. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the airport, both in the main terminal and in the three concourses.
It takes a little over half an hour to get from downtown Denver to the airport by car. To drive to and from the airport, you need to get on Peña Boulevard, which is accessible from the I-70, from the E-470 (toll-road), from Airport Boulevard or from Tower Road.
The airport is also served by the SkyRide Public Bus Service, which offers connections to Downtown Denver, Boulder and Stapleton, among others. Buses run from 3:30 am to midnight and the bus stop is on Level 5 of the Jeppesen Terminal, West side, outside doors 504, 506 and 510. During peak times, buses run every 15 minutes and you can pay the fare when you board.
Denver Airport has 11 parking lots with over 40,000 parking spots in total. There are parking lots in both the east side and the west side of the terminal, including valet parking, short term parking, garage and economy parking. There is also a car park called 45-Minute Waiting Area, where drivers can wait in the car for up to 45 minutes for free.
The economy car parks are located at some distance from the terminal and there are shuttle buses connecting them to Jeppesen. You can check the car park availability of the different car parks online on the airport's site, or look for the overhead signs in Peña Boulevard.
Parking in Denver itself can sometimes be challenging. It is estimated that the city has one of the busiest central business districts in America, so there is always fierce competition for the existing parking spots. Most parking is paid, by way of Smart Meters installed throughout the city. Using these meters couldn't be easier, and they accept cash payment, Visa and MaterCard credit and debits cards, and Smart Cards (which can be purchased in stores throughout Denver).
As an alternative to street parking, you can also park in one of the five parking lots operated by the city council. These are open 24/7 and are often a safer and more convenient alternative to street parking.