There are limited flights to Colorado Springs Airport and initially I had difficulty getting to direct flights from LAX to colorado springs. There was another issue as most of the shuttle services to colorado springs from denver international airport were closed by the time i arrived at about 10pm or very few actually have shuttle services to Colorado Springs .. However, there is this shuttle service provided by Sunday who picked me up and drove me 1 and 1/2 hrs down to my hotel doorstep and charged USD $132 for the trip.. i calculated the costs of flying from LAX and then getting a shuttle from Colorado springs airport and realised that taking this shuttle service ( which is 24 hours! ) is still the cheapest and best option for me... just a tip for those who wish to get to colorado springs but want to try to avoid the high costs... he has a website and he is really nice..
Though Colorado Springs airport is a large and growing air terminal, Denver can sometimes be less expensive as it is a major hub for United Airlines. From Colorado Springs, it is located about an hour to 1.5 hours away, up I-25 then 410 loop on the west of the city.
BTW ... DIA's best restaurant is a small Mexican place called Que Buena. They have tacos, quesadillas, burritos, Mexican beers, and even margaritas!
If you are visiting Colorado Springs, I would highly recommend renting a car, or having one that you can use. The Springs is a very spread out city and I lot of driving is required. With so much to do and so much to see, public transportation would not do the trick.
Colorado Springs (COS) is a regional airport which serves multiple different hubs throughout the US. It is easy and convienent for Colorado residents that are south of Denver to get in and out of the I-25 corridor easily.
I have flown in here several times, and it seems to be less tedious than its northern neighbor, DEN.
I used American Airlines twice, once from DFW and once from ORD (Chicago).
The following airlines service COS:
US Airways / America West
Use caution driving in the mountains during the winter. Some high passes close during the winter and others require four wheel drive or chains. In the winter of 97/98, we made it to within 8 miles of Wolf Creek Pass and traffic was already backed up!
Many of the smaller mountain roads have no guardrails and steep edges. If you went over, they might not find you or your car until spring.
If you are trying to get from Denver to Colorado Springs on the transit system, you will take the FREX (front range express bus)
which runs from 5am to 8pm and services Downtown Denver, South Denver, Castle Rock (half way point between Denver and Colorado Springs), Monument (15 miles north of Colorado Springs) and finally Downtown Colorado Springs. The cost is 6 dollars and the buses are new and nice.
Colorado Springs runs from 5am to 10:30pm, which the Downtown Free Shuttle (Nevada Street from Colorado College to the South Nevada Hotel District) running until 12am on Friday and Saturday nights. Cost is 1.25
The best way to get TO and AROUND Colorado Springs is by car. Simply because there is hardly any public transport in this town. So come by car. It's also by far the best way to explore the beautiful surroundings of this area.
Well to get to Colorado Springs, you can do a few things.
1. Fly directly in from Dallas or Houston or wherever.
2. Fly in from Denver.
3. Bus (Greyhound) from Denver or Pueblo or wherever you are coming from.
If you have a car, the streets are pretty straightforward, at least in downtown COS. When you get to some of the side streets, well, that's another story. There is I-25, the expressway (north-south) and a bunch of other major roads going whereever you need to go. Ask me for more details on how to get places if you want!
COS has a decent bus system, which is fairly clean and which I have some experience with. The station is downtown I think on Nevada Ave., and the buses go pretty much all over the major areas of town, as well as some of the smaller areas.
Biking is common here, so there are plenty of trails in the area.
We drove from Minnesota where we live. There's not much to see going the fastest route, so if you can afford it, fly there.
Motorcycle is the best way to see the mountains, I think. We drove our car, but I've been there on my Harley in 1987, and it was great.
I suggest you go by car. If you fly in you miss a lot of things. But that is only my thought. :)
Make sure that your car is running good if you plann on going into the mountains.
By car. We didnt see any busses aroud, so I do not know how there busses are.
At Royal Gorge you can take these nice cable cars and glide over the gorge and stare straight down to the river! That is if you work up the nerve to look out the window.