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Getting In and Around Colorado Springs

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You definitely need a car to explore the beautiful outdoor attractions of the city. There are several car rental agents located in the town or you can hire one from the airport. Or perhaps, you can take your adventure in two wheels, as Colorado Springs is quite a bike friendly city, with a plenty of bike lanes and miles of bike trails (paved and unpaved). If your tour is restricted into exploring the downtown area or Manitou Springs town, all you need is a comfortable pair of foot wears and let your own feet take you around. Of course beyond these, to reach tourist spots, like Pikes Peak, Seven Falls, cave of the Wind etc., you can only rely on vehicles. As far as public transportation is concerned, the city has cheap and convenient local bus system with eighteen routes. The public transit serves well the locals to run their daily errands, but tourists cannot solely rely on it as they have limited after wee hours and services.

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Travel to Colorado Springs by Air

The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport serves Colorado Springs  and its surroundings. Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) is a public civil military airport, owned and operated by City of Colorado Springs. Located in El Paso County, COS is the Colorado state's second busiest airport. At present, the airport hosts non-stop flights to eleven cities of the United States. Some of the major airlines that operate to and from COS, include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Express, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Connection and Allegiant Air.

Address: 7770 Milton East Proby Prkwy, Colorado Springs- 80916, CO
Phone: 1 719-550-1900
Website: www.flycos.coloradosprings.gov

To/From the airport

The Yellow Cab: The cab runs its service from the airport to city center. Approximate fare is $30.
Phone: 719-777-7777

Travel to Colorado Springs by Road

Greyhound: Greyhound buses connect Colorado Springs to Denver everyday. The one way bus fare is around $11 to $14. There are also daily bus services between Cheyenne and Pueblo.

: 120 S Weber Street
Phone: 719-635-1505
Website: www.greyhound.com

Major Highways in Colorado Springs

Interstate-25: This is north-south route that runs through Colorado. I-25 enters the city from south of Circle Drive and stretches for 18 miles, exiting north of North Gate Boulevard. the highway is called Ronald reagan Highway in El Paso County.

US 24: It runs through the city, across the central mountains, and onto the plains. It follows west to east route in Colorado Springs and follows the western part of the Midland Expressway and Cimarron Street, portion of Fountain Boulevard and outside city limits to the extreme eastern part.

State Highway 21: It is also called Powers Boulevard and serves as a semi-expressway for the eastern side, linking from Black Forest to Fountain.

State Highway 83: It is a north-south route, connecting Denver to northern Colorado Springs.

State Highway 94: East-west route, linking eastern Colorado Springs to western Cheyenne County.

State Highway 115: The route starts from Canon City and runs all the way up to Nevada Avenue.

Getting Around Colorado Springs

The public transportation in the Springs is served by a bus system called Mountain Metropolitan Transit. The city uses meter for all street parking, so make sure to carry lots of quarters if you have a car.

By public Transportation

Mountain Metro runs 18 bus routes, connecting all the major corners of the city. It provides all information regarding schedule, route maps and other details. A day pass is available for $4 and daily bus fare costs around $1.75. Click on the link below for more information.

Weekdays bus service: From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (depending on the route);
Weekends: Saturday has limited service and many routes are un-operational after 7 p.m.
**Buses do not run on Sundays

Website: www.springsgov.com

On Foot

Walking around the city is quite an easy and fun feat. Due to the city’s compact size and grid pattern layout, it is quite convenient to walk around the city and explore the many shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Especially Old Colorado City, Downtown area and Manitou Springs town are very walkable.

By Car

Colorado Springs attracts millions of visitors to its top attraction that are located outside city limits. So, you need a car to reach such destinations and complete your trip. You can straight away rent a vehicle in the airport or else, get to the town for better deals.

Some of the notable taxi services available in Colorado Springs are-

Enterprise Rent-A-Car  
Address: 1540 Auto Mall Loop, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, United States
Phone: 1 719-531-6220

Thrifty Car Rental  

Address: 7770 Milton E Proby Prkwy, Colorado Springs- 80916, CO, US
Phone: 1 877-283-0898

U-Save Car & Truck Rental  
Address: 232 N Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909, United States
Phone: 1 719-634-1914

Avis Car Rental  
Address: 7770 Milton E Proby Prkwy, The Springs Airport, Colorado Springs- 80916, CO
Phone: 1 719-596-2751

Budget Car Rental  
Address: 384 E Garden Of The Gods Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907, United States
Phone: 1 719-598-3344

National Car Rental  
Address: 7770 Milton E Proby Prkwy, Colorado Springs- 80916, CO
Phone: 1 888-826-6890

Zippy Rent A Car  
Address: 508 Don Juan St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909, United States
Phone: 1 719-575-9477

By Taxi

The city offers many taxi services and is easily available to your service. But for everyday travel, it is advisable to rent a car instead to cut down on your expenses.

Some of the notable taxi services available in Colorado Springs are-

Yellow Cab

Address: 4625 Town Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80916, United States
Phone: 1 719-550-9300

Taxi Colorado Springs  
Address: Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Phone: 1 719-822-2888

Alans Transport & Taxi Service  
Address: Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Phone: 1 719-323-6629

Colorado Springs Shuttle LLC
Address: 3003 Williamette Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80909, United States
Phone: 1 719-687-3456

Ramblin Express
Address: 3465 Astrozon Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80910, United States
Phone: 1 719-590-8687

Your Chauffeur  
Address: Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Phone: 1 719-648-7038

On Bike

Colorado Springs is a bike friendly town and its streets feature miles of bike lanes, paved trails and unpaved mountain bike trails. You may rent road or mountain bikes from Ted’s Bicycles and Criterium bicycles. The rental fee is around $40 to 450 per day.

Other bike rentals in Colorado Springs are-

Colorado Kite & Ski  

Address: 2820 W Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, United States
Phone: 1 719-633-6227

Bicycle Village - Colorado Springs
Address: 2450 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, United States
Phone: 1 719-265-9346

Ascent Cycling  
Address: 5928 Stetson Hills Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80923, United States
Phone: 1 719-597-8181

Map Guide of Getting Around in Colorado Springs

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