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Time to Travel: Take the Train or Bus to Glenwood Springs

Take time to enjoy the journey for a change. Try an alternate means of transportation on your next vacation to Glenwood Springs. Amtrak and the Bustang connect to Colorado’s favorite hot springs town. Check your bags and climb aboard; here’s everything you need to know about catching a ride to Glenwood Springs.

Leave the car parked and the hassles behind. Instead, make getting to Glenwood Springs part of the vacation experience. Both Amtrak’s California Zephyr and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bustang make regular stops in Glenwood Springs.

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Train or Bus: All Aboard the Hot Springs Express

Union Station is a beautiful beaux arts-style transport hub located at 1701 Wynkoop Street in LoDo, Denver’s trendy lower downtown shopping and dining district. The stunning structure is a memorable setting from which to start a getaway to Glenwood Springs. Both the Amtrak California Zephyr and the Bustang conveniently provide transit from Union Station.

Amtrak Update

Beginning the week of Oct. 5, 2020, the Amtrak train from Chicago to San Francisco with stops in Denver and Glenwood Springs will begin tri-weekly service. The westbound #5 train will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, the eastbound #6 train on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The loading zone for the California Zephyr is located in front of Union Station. If you are checking baggage, plan to arrive 60 minutes before departure, otherwise, 30 minutes is sufficient. The westbound train departs Union Station at 8:05 a.m. and arrives in Glenwood Springs at 1:46 p.m. for a total travel time of five hours 41 minutes. The return trip is a little longer at six hours and 28 minutes, leaving Glenwood Springs at 12:10 p.m. and arriving in Denver at 6:38 p.m.

Ride the Bustang

Another option for getting to and from Glenwood Springs is aboard the easy-to-spot purple Bustang, an inter-regional bus service operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Bustang provides daily express service between Denver and Glenwood Springs. Some travelers who desire more flexibility than Amtrak can provide with its tri-weekly schedule can choose to go one way on the train and take the bus in the other direction.

The Bustang West Line routes depart Union Station from Gate B3 daily at either 7 a.m. or 5:40 p.m. and arrive at the West Glenwood Springs Park & Ride at 10:50 a.m. and 9:35 p.m. respectively. The eastbound Glenwood Springs to Denver bus departs at 7:25 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. and rolls into Union Station at 11:20 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. Trips take about four hours.

Tickets for the Bustang cost $28 and fares can be purchased online or when boarding (cash only purchase).

Where to Stay in Glenwood Springs Colorado

Hotel Denver across from the train station in downtown Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs Hotel Connections

As a small mountain town, many Glenwood Springs accommodations are within walking distance of the historic train depot in downtown or offer a complimentary shuttle service for their guests. These include:

RFTA Bus

Glenwood Springs Taxi & Bus Services

For ease of getting around Glenwood Springs, Valley Taxi provides reliable ground transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley including pickups and drop-offs at the train depot, Bustang stop and area attractions. The best way to contact Valley Taxi is by phone, 970-404-5181.

The Roaring Fork Valley also features a robust bus service. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) provides service to Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and points west of town. Fares vary in price depending on distance and tickets must be purchased in advance from a RFTA farebox. RFTA bus schedules are available here. Ride Glenwood buses that serve only Glenwood Springs, from West Glenwood Springs to South Glenwood Springs with stops in between, cost $1 which can be paid in cash to the driver.

On your next trip to Colorado’s premier hot springs destination, why not enjoy the journey as much as the destination? Take the train or the bus. Learn more and plan your Glenwood Springs vacation today.

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