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Denver Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Denver Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Announcements notified the stranded travelers of pads and blankets available at the baggage claim area. - SThagard

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Denver Airport.

What to Expect

  • Large, modern airport, with a main terminal (Jeppesen) for ticketing and security, and 3 concourses. All are connected by internal underground free train.
  • The only 24-hour eateries are a McDonald’s in Concourse A and a Burger King in the main terminal.
  • WiFi is free and unlimited. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • In general there’s plenty of space to spread out but the furniture isn’t particularly comfortable for sleeping.
    Security doesn’t mind sleepers.
  • There are seats at nearly every gate, though most are of leather or metal, with armrests. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out, on furniture or the carpeted floor.  
  • The upper level of Concourse B sees little action so it’s a good place to get some privacy.  
  • In Concourse A, there is a walkway to the USO Lounge that is very quiet and not frequented - good spot to camp out.
  • Comfortable benches with cushions are located near the Harley Davidson store in Concourse B, and if the armrests don’t have electric outlet, they are probably removable. (March 2016 review).
  • In Concourse C, look for the office level, 1 level above the train stop - quiet, uninterrupted hallways are good for crashing.
  • Some travellers report airport personnel handing out sleeping mats, blankets, and water in cases of cancelled flights or severe delays.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, a brand new hotel is located directly at the airport, with several others nearby. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in one of airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Denver Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Denver Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Denver airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Concourse A, Airside, north end of the A gates. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Concourse B, airside, East Wing, Gate B44. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Concourse B, airside, West Wing, Gate B32. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge to members of the military and their families. Amenities: video games, TV lounge, toiletries, snacks, sleeping area, computers, library, and a child care area. Location: Terminal A (East Terminal), Concourse A, North End of A Gates Bridge (3rd floor). Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Denver Airport. Connect to the "DEN Airport Free WiFi" network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping at the Denver Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Denver Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Airport Scavenger Hunt - It always nice to discover an airport that has created fun activities to keep travellers occupied. DIA has a Scavenger Hunt for each of its terimals. From looking for gargoyles to counting how many shops sell coffee at the C Gates, you may have some fun. [ Check out the available Scavenger Hunts. ]
  • Art at DIA - There are a number or exhibitions and sculptures throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes - Cash machines can be found throughout the airport (landside and airside).
  • Baggage Carts - available for a fee.
  • Business Center - Offers internet, phone & fax machines. Location: B Gates on Mezzanine Level
  • Car Rentals - Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • E-Z • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty. Location: Courtesy shuttles depart from Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, Island 4.
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we'll also let you know that cots cannot be "reserved" and we don't know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Pro-Tip: Jeff sent us this email: In the business center in the middle of the “B” Terminal (not sure of other terminals), there’s a cot located in the far cubical which is the widest cubical. Saw it earlier and now someone is using it to sleep. I don’t have time to check the other similar cubicles or terminals, but I would assume they’ve placed them in those locations as well.

  • Currency Exchange - Worldwide Money Exchange Locations: Airside, Center Cores of A and B Gates • Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5.
  • Drinking Water - Need a refill? Go the center of each Concourse and you will find water bottle filling stations.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Burger King (Jeppesen, Level 6 East) and McDonald’s (A Gates, Center Core).
  • Information Desk - There are four Information Booths. Locations: Center Core of A, B and C Gates • Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5 • Arrivals Area
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
  • Massages - Feel your stress melt away with a foot or chair massage at A Massage. Locations: (A Gates, Center Core)(B Gates, Mezzanine).
  • Mobile Charging - Locations: Airside, A Gates • B Gates • C Gates. In addition to the outlets available in all concourse they have dedicated battery charging stations that offer seating and work surface spaces.
  • Prayer Rooms - An Interfaith Chapel and Islamic Prayer Hall is located in the Jeppesen Terminal (level 6). Hours: open 24 hours
  • Showers - not available
  • Smoking - Smoking is not permitted except in these designated areas: Aviator's Club Smoking Lounge (Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West Side) • Mesa Verde Smoking Lounge (A Gates, Mezzannine Level) • Smokin' Bear Lodge (C Gates, Center Core).
  • Spa - Xpress Spa - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more available. Location: Airside, C Gates, Center Core.
  • Video Games - Comfortable booths where users can play the games on their own or against others online. Location: ZooX Public Internet Kiosk Systems, Jeppesen Terminal, A, B and C Gates. Rate: 15 cents per minute at a $3.00 minimum.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to terminal:

  • North Terminal: 3:45AM - 9:00PM
  • South Terminal: open 24 hours

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

For travel from the airport to the Amtrak station by bus, use SkyRide AF Line from the West Terminal, Level 5, Door 506. The bus stops as frequently as every 15 minutes and will take you to the bus concourse at Union Station where you will find the Amtrak service. Travel time, with stops, should be about 40 minutes.

To travel from Union Station to the airport, pick up the SkyRide AF Line at Gate B8 and take it to the airport where it will drop you off at the West Terminal, Level 5, Door 506. Travel time is approximately 44 minutes.

You can also hire a taxi or shuttle service. Travel time by taxi is approximately 28 minutes.

Car Rentals

Passengers arriving into Denver International Airport can choose between twelve on-site major car rental companies: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. Each on-site agency operates its own courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal. The pick-up/drop-off point is at Level 5, Island 4, outside of doors 505-513 (east side) or 504-512 (west side).

Charter Buses

Several companies operate pre-booked charter buses between Denver International Airport and locations throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Passengers who have reservations for a charter bus service should report to Ground Transportation Information Counter, where an airport agent can summon the bus from a holding lot. The pick-up point is at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 3, outside of doors 511-513 (east side) or 504-506 (west side).

Hotel Shuttles

Due to open in 2015, Denver International Airport will have an integrated hotel and transit center on the airport premises. The newly-constructed Hotel and Transit Center will consist of a 519-room Westin Denver International Hotel, a conference center, public entertainment plaza and a public transit center with commuter train station. Passengers will be able to travel between the airport and downtown Denver by using the commuter rail service, starting in 2016.

In addition to the Hotel and Transit Center, many of the hotels located within 10 miles of the airport operate their own guest shuttle service. The airport’s hotel shuttle bus stop is located at the Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 3, outside of doors 505-507 (east side) or 510-512 (west side).

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Aloft Denver International Airport   •   Baymont Inn & Suites Denver International Airport   •   Best Western Plus Denver International Airport Inn & Suites   •   Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Denver International Airport   •   Courtyard by Marriott Denver Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Airport   •   Hampton Inn Denver International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Denver Airport   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport   •   Hyatt House Denver Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Denver DIA   •   Quality Inn & Suites Denver International Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Denver Airport   •   Staybridge Suites Denver International Airport.

Limousines

If you wish to reach your destination in style, you can pre-book a luxury limousine transfer. Several companies run licensed limousine services from Denver International Airport to destinations within the Denver metro area and Colorado state. Contact your company of choice prior to arrival at the airport, and upon arrival, head over to the limo booth outside of Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 2, outside of doors 505-507 and 511-513 (east side) or 504-506 and 510-512 (west side).

Mountain Carriers

Travellers going to or returning from a ski vacation can use the services of a mountain carrier. Mountain carriers provide pre-arranged, charter, or on-demand shuttle transportation between the airport and many of Colorado’s ski and resort areas. Contact your mountain carrier of choice in advance to book your transfer. The mountain carrier pick-up/drop-off spot is at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 1, outside of doors 511-513 (east side) and 504-506 (west side).

Public Buses

Passengers wanting a convenient and affordable way to travel between the airport and the Denver metro area can take advantage of SkyRide. SkyRide is an airport bus service operated by Regional Transportation District (RTD), Denver metro’s public bus system. SkyRide buses pick up and drop off passengers traveling between Denver International Airport and any of the Park-n-Rides and bus stops in the RTD service area.

SkyRide fares cost $9, $11, or $13 depending on your boarding location and your destination. Riders must have exact change to pay the fare. SkyRide service runs from 3:30AM - 12:00AM and departs every 15 minutes during peak hours. The airport bus stop can be found at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 5, outside of doors 506 and 510 (west side), with the last one departing at 1:28AM. Drivers can assist passengers with loading and unloading their luggage from the bus, and all SkyRide buses are wheelchair accessible. For schedules or further information about SkyRide, go to the RTD website or visit the RTD information booth in Jeppesen Terminal.

Shared Ride Services

Shared ride service, also known as commuter shuttles, provides pre-arranged, on-demand, or charter transportation between the airport and locations throughout the Denver metro area. Some companies provide service throughout the state and even outside of Colorado. Contact your service provider of choice to make a reservation. Shared-ride services operate from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 5, outside of doors 505-507 (east side) or 510-512 (west side).

Taxi

Taxicabs provide service between the airport and Denver metro area. Some companies provide service to surrounding counties and even throughout the state. Flat rates, a one-way charge including the airport-access fee, are available for the most requested destinations: Downtown Denver, Denver Tech Center, Broomfield and Louisville areas (Yellow Cab only), and Boulder. Metered rates are available for all other destinations within the Denver metro area. Multiple loading surcharges may be apply to fares if parties traveling together in the same taxicab require drop-off at separate destinations.

Taxicabs are readily available and can be found at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 1, outside of doors 505, 507, and 511 (Terminal East) or 506, 510, and 512 (Terminal West).

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Last Updated: 13 June 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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