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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, bus  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow from Denver, CO - Union Station to Gunnison, CO 8605
  2. Take the bus from Western to Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce Gunnison - Mt. Crested Butte

$33 - $50

5 alternative options

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

$289 - $674

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

$319 - $769

Bus, fly to Gunnison  •  4 h 24 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

$336 - $726

Bus, fly to Eagle  •  9 h 1 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. Take the bus from Eagle County Regional Airport to Snowmass Village

$354 - $749

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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 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Boulder to Crested Butte. However, there are services departing from Broadway & Euclid Ave and arriving at Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce via Denver, CO - Union Station and Western. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 51 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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The best way to get from Boulder to Crested Butte without a car is to Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow and bus which takes 7 h 51 min and costs $30 - $50.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Boulder to Crested Butte, including transfers.

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Boulder to Crested Butte bus services, operated by Amtrak Thruway, arrive at Denver, CO - Union Station.

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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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Boulder to Crested Butte bus services, operated by Gunnison Valley RTA, arrive at Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce station.

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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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  • Distance: 121.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

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

You can take a bus from Boulder to Crested Butte via Union Station, Denver, CO - Union Station, and Western in around 7 h 51 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Denver to Aspen
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Denver to Montrose
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$490 - $1,200
Flights from Denver to Gunnison
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Denver to Eagle
Ave. Duration
53 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver, CO - Union Station to Gunnison, CO
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Gunnison Valley RTA
Phone
970-641-4111
Website
gunnisonvalleyrta.com
Bus from Western to Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
gunnisonvalleyrta.com
Regional Transportation District
Phone
+1 303-299-6000
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
Website
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
Epic Mountain Express
Phone
+1 970-754-7433
Website
epicmountainexpress.com
Bus from Eagle County Regional Airport to Snowmass Village
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
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Epic Mountain Express

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United Airlines offers flights from Denver Airport to Aspen Airport.

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There are 28+ hotels available in Crested Butte. Prices start at $136 USD per night.

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