There are 6 ways to get from Boulder to Crested Butte by bus, car or plane

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Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow, drive  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow from Denver, CO - Union Station to Fairplay, CO 8605
  2. Drive from Fairplay, CO to Crested Butte

$39 - $56

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Drive  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Boulder to Crested Butte 242.3 miles

$23 - $35

Bus, fly to Aspen, drive  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from US 36 & Table Mesa Station Gate B to Denver Airport Station Gate 6
  2. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE) DEN - ASE
  3. Drive from Aspen to Crested Butte

$288 - $673

Bus, fly to Montrose  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from US 36 & Table Mesa Station Gate B to Denver Airport Station Gate 6
  2. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Montrose (MTJ) DEN - MTJ
  3. Take the bus from Montrose to Crested Butte

$318 - $768

Bus, fly to Gunnison  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from US 36 & Table Mesa Station Gate B to Denver Airport Station Gate 6
  2. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Gunnison (GUC) DEN - GUC

$335 - $725

Bus, fly to Eagle, drive  •  8 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from US 36 & Table Mesa Station Gate B to Denver Airport Station Gate 6
  2. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Eagle (EGE) DEN - EGE
  3. Drive from Snowmass Village to Crested Butte

$358 - $758

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The cheapest way to get from Boulder to Crested Butte is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Boulder to Crested Butte is to bus and fly which costs $330 - $750 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The distance between Boulder and Crested Butte is 122 miles. The road distance is 242.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 6 h 12 min to get from Boulder to Crested Butte, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Denver Airport to Aspen Airport is the direct flight which takes 54 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boulder to Crested Butte is 242 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to drive from Boulder to Crested Butte.

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United Airlines offers flights from Denver Airport to Aspen Airport.

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There are 33+ hotels available in Crested Butte. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Boulder to Crested Butte.
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  • Distance: 121.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 12 min

What companies run services between Boulder, CO, USA and Crested Butte, CO, USA?

There is no direct connection from Boulder to Crested Butte. However, you can take the bus to Union Station, take the walk to Denver, CO - Union Station, take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow to Fairplay, CO, then take the drive to Crested Butte. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Crested Butte.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Denver to Aspen
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Denver to Montrose
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$490 - $1,200
Flights from Denver to Gunnison
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Denver to Eagle
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$550 - $1,200
Bus operators
Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver, CO - Union Station to Fairplay, CO
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
amtrak.com
Regional Transportation District
Website
rtd-denver.com
Bus from US 36 & Table Mesa Station Gate B to Denver Airport Station Gate 6
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
rtd-denver.com
Mountain Limo
Website
mountain-limo.com
Bus from Montrose to Crested Butte
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
mountain-limo.com
Alpine Express
Website
alpineexpressshuttle.com
Bus from Montrose to Crested Butte
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$161
Schedules at
alpineexpressshuttle.com

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