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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow, bus  •  6 h 3 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

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Fly to Aspen, drive  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE) DEN - ASE
  2. Drive from Aspen to Crested Butte

$289 - $674

4 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Denver to Crested Butte 228.5 miles

$22 - $35

Fly to Montrose, bus  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Montrose (MTJ) DEN - MTJ
  2. Take the bus from Montrose to Crested Butte

$319 - $769

Fly to Gunnison  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Gunnison (GUC) DEN - GUC

$336 - $726

Fly to Eagle, shuttle  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Eagle (EGE) DEN - EGE
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Eagle Airport to Snowmass Village

$359 - $759

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The cheapest way to get from Denver to Crested Butte is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Denver to Crested Butte is to fly which costs $330 - $750 and takes 4 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Denver station to Crested Butte. However, there are services departing from Denver, CO - Union Station and arriving at Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce via Western. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 3 min.

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The distance between Denver and Crested Butte is 124 miles. The road distance is 228.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Denver to Crested Butte without a car is to Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow and bus which takes 6 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Denver to Crested Butte, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Denver to Crested Butte is to Amtrak Thruway operated by Express Arrow and bus which takes 6 h 3 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $330 - $750 and takes 4 h 14 min.

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The quickest flight from Denver Airport to Aspen Airport is the direct flight which takes 52 min.

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Denver 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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Map of how to get from Denver to Crested Butte.
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  • Distance: 123.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

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

You can take a bus from Denver to Crested Butte via Gunnison, CO and Western in around 6 h 3 min. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Denver to Crested Butte once daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Denver to Aspen
Ave. Duration
53 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 3 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
+1 800 872-7245
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
Website
gunnisonvalleyrta.com
Bus from Western to Crested Butte 4-Way Stop near Chamber of Commerce
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
gunnisonvalleyrta.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
Colorado Mountain Express
Website
coloradomountainexpress.com
Shuttle from Eagle Airport to Snowmass Village
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
coloradomountainexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Denver to Crested Butte is 229 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to drive from Denver to Crested Butte.

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United Airlines offers flights from Denver Airport to Aspen Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Crested Butte. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Denver to Denver Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs $9.

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