DU doesn’t have a shuttle service to the airport, but here are a few options. Other than using a taxi which could be $50+ or finding a ride with a local friend who doesn’t mind dropping your student off at the airport, these are the most popular choices.
Student ID transportation pass – students have a transportation pass that they can use on public transportation. They can take the light rail train to Union Station then get on a bus that will take them to the airport terminal. The last time I made this trip, it only cost me $5. That is by far the most cost effective way to get to/from the airport and I personally use this method when I travel. I don’t like paying airport parking fees, using the gas, or dealing with traffic. You have to plan ahead and make sure that your train and bus will get you to the airport on time, but it is a comfortable stress-free ride, and it’s the best price. In 2016, the light rail train will go all the way to the airport which will make this the fastest public transportation method to the airport and even more convenient.
Uber – Many students will get together and car pool with others who are travelling to the airport at the same time. They use Uber and share the expense so they have a direct trip to the airport (which saves time in comparison to other shuttle services), but don’t have the high expense of a taxi. The trip could be about $45+ using Uber, but if you’re sharing the ride with friends, you can split that cost. An Uber driver can take up to 4 passengers. There is no cash used with Uber, it’s all done with an app so the driver doesn’t know your credit card info, doesn’t take cash, and also there is no tipping. It’s very easy and most students already know all about Uber and how to use it. If your student doesn’t already have the Uber app, I have a code they can use for a first-time Uber user which will give them $20 off their first ride. The code is DUPIONEERS. If you want to read more about Uber, here’s the website www.uber.com.
Super Shuttle – this is a very reliable source of transportation to the airport but you need to reserve your spot on the shuttle a few days in advance. The drawback of using this shuttle is that the driver could have several people to pick up before heading to the airport, which is a little slower than a personal car such as a taxi or Uber. A trip to the airport with Super Shuttle one-way is $26 (I believe this is still the rate) but students can get a $3 discount by using the discount code DU001. So can you, by the way, whenever you are in Denver. If your student knows someone else who is going to use this service, they could order together online and get a better rate to share. Additional passengers are $12, so that would mean they would split $38 (actually $35 after the DU discount). That’s not too bad for a dependable ride to the airport door-to-door. www.supershuttle.com
I hope these options are helpful for you and your student. I wish you all a safe and happy winter break.