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post #1 of 19
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Is there good public transport from Denver downtown to the airport? eg. a direct train?

We are going to be renting a vehicle for the 3 weeks of our holiday ex Denver. It suits us to pick it up in downtown somewhere, which saves us quite a bit cause most firms charge an aiport recovery fee. On one of our quotes this was 12% of the total bill, which over 3 weeks is a lot extra.

But on our last day we will be travelling to catch a late morning flight. If we drop our vehicle back in town, is it going to be an effort, or take lots of time, for us to get to the airport. I read that it was 25 miles from downtown. If you are at a downtown hotel there is the shuttle service for $18 each, but their site mentions they only do hotel pickups/drop offs, probably not rental firms.
post #2 of 19
I've never used it but I've heard good things about RTDs (Denver's public bus system) Skyride, here's the website:

http://www.rtd-denver.com/

Also, you could use supershuttle at:

http://www.supershuttle.com/

I've used Supershuttle before, however, you'll want to check with them. I can't remember if they give you a specific pickup time or a range of pickup times. I wish we had trains...unfortunatley, Americana is pretty backwards when is comes to mass transit. This city is gridlocked during rush hour.
post #3 of 19
Julie- yes, the Denver airport is in Nebraska. Figure 35-40 minutes with no traffic.

Unfortunately, only eastern US cities seem to have understood the importance of good public transportation. The RTD shuttle to the airport will probably not leave from a place that is convenient for you from the rental drop off. Cabs are expensive (figure $60+ from downtown to DIA). I would guess that your best options are Supershuttle, as mentioned above, or a cab to either the hotel shuttle that you found or to the nearest RTD pickup spot. Supershuttle will give a pickup time, but its a van service, so they will have other riders to pick up as well, and you therefore need to leave extra time. Depending on where your car drop off is (for example, Hertz downtown is quite close to many of the hotels, and you could drop your stuff before dropping off the car, one person stays with the luggage, and you could probably walk to the hotel or take a cab for only a few dollars), the cab and ride may be the best choice.
post #4 of 19
Julie,

I was going to say that renting at the airport would be a lot more convenient. But I just plugged in a couple of test bookings at Hertz.com for the same dates for a three week rental, for the same mid-size car.

The DIA (DEN airport) rental had a total estimated cost of $1043 USD. The very same car from the Hertz "Local Edition" office downtown near my office in Denver, on Welton St., was $569. It's not just the lack of the 11.10% airport fee (tax is still 13.35% either way). The base rate for the car before tax was $167/week instead of $237/week (that was with my Auto club discount).

So check both options. The cost of the cab or Supershuttle downtown would be more than worth it if the price differences are so big.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks, that helps heaps. 2 Shuttle rides is $39 so we might take the hassle free and less stressful option of taking a cab at $60+, still lots cheaper than renting from the airport. I assume they will have taxi cabs big enough for skis.

I don't know what makes it so much more to rent from the Denver airport, it is not as if land is scarce for parking cars out there, when I flew through just after it opened it was in the middle of nowhere. Must be the rent they have to pay to be at the airport.

I did not realise DIA was in a different state :-)
post #6 of 19
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I assume they will have taxi cabs big enough for skis.
Make sure you let them know that your party has skis when you call for the cab - otherwise you may get a car without enough room.

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I did not realise DIA was in a different state :-)
Everything east of I-25 (excluding lodo, the Pepsi Center & Coors Field) is in a different state. I call it Kansas.

J
post #7 of 19
"But on our last day we will be travelling to catch a late morning flight. If we drop our vehicle back in town, is it going to be an effort, or take lots of time, for us to get to the airport."

From the Avis downtown on Broadway its about 25 miles (.62km/mi) = Missouri

A good cab driver should get you there in less than 45 minutes regardless of the time of day. My wife can do it in 18.5 in the station wagon.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by janesdad
A good cab driver should get you there in less than 45 minutes regardless of the time of day. My wife can do it in 18.5 in the station wagon.
Thanks for the time estimate. It is a Saturday morning, so we should be going against the traffic on I70, and there won't be any business work hour traffic to contend with. But I think we will allow an hour just in case the taxi is late etc. If we miss our connection to LAX then we miss our connection home to NZ which is on a cheapie ticket so would cost us mega bucks to miss it.

And we will make sure we tell the taxi we have skis. By then they will be in their ski bags ( with padding) to get them back to NZ in one piece, and will proabably contain any holiday purchases as well that won't fit in our suitcases:-)
post #9 of 19
(720) 217-1377 Jim at Metro Cab used to tote me back and forth to DEN at all hours, I haven't spoken to him in months but he never let me down. No guarantees.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by MarkXS
Julie, I was going to say that renting at the airport would be a lot more convenient.
Julie: I think MarkXS was on the correct track, but he may not know about car rentals through www.hotwire.com . You should be able to get a quote from them that is significantly cheaper than the lowest price you'll find on individual rental company web sites or something like Orbitz, Expedia or Travelocity. The downside of Hotwire is that you have to pay for the rental up front and you lose that amount if you cancel your reservation. I have not rented cars through Hotwire, but have had good luck with them on hotels. I am planning to see what their car rental rates are closer to the time of my upcoming ski trips.


I certainly understand your interest in getting the best deal on a car rental, and I also hate paying those high airport fees, but driving all the way into Denver to avoid the fee just seems like a huge hassle that will eat up a lot of time.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Great site thanks. I got all excited when Hotwire came up with $671 for 21 days SUV rental, but it does not include insurance. And I could not see anywhere what the cost of insurance would be, they can tell you when you pick it up. On Hertz or Avis, the LDW is about $22 to $24 a day so that adds up. I need to still investigate the whys and wherefores of LDW and what our travel insurance already covers.

I am arriving in town 24 hours before we pick up the vehicle so will be in downtown doing the tourist thing the day I pick it up. Then will go and pick up Adrian that evening. I'd thought about picking it up from the airport when I arrive but I will have been travelling for about 30 hours so don't want to risk driving in zombie mode.
post #12 of 19
I use Hotwire to rent cars regularly and am very pleased with what I've gotten. You might check with your auto insurance, your credit card company, etc. - a lot of them have rental car insurance built in so that you don't have to pay additional with the rental car company.

I use Wolf Shuttle in Denver - a little cheaper than SuperShuttle, same service. They will pick up from any address, so you can have them pick you up at the rental car place. Sure beats schlepping ski equipment, and yes those guys are used to dealing with skis.

RTD is great in downtown Denver, with light rail and all. If your downtown rental car place is anywhere within striking distance of the light rail, I'd suggest that one of you return the rental car, take the light rail back to the hotel, take the hotel shuttle to the airport. My $.02.

I used to take SkyRide all the time to DIA. It's a great service as long as you're not dealing with skis, climbing gear, backpacks, or any other gear intensive hobby. The SkyRide dropoff is on the end of the terminal and it was always a huge pain dealing with my cr@p to get checked in. And, of course, getting all of my stuff to the bus stop was always a treat, too. :
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by julie from nz
Is there good public transport from Denver downtown to the airport?
The bus is convenient and only $10. Go to http://www.rtd-denver.com/ and click on trip planner for wheres and whens.
post #14 of 19
Watch out for East Denver. Its like Oakland Ca. but at 6,000 feet. I took the RTD around town. Pretty Ghetto, but it did go everywhere I needed to be.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by julie from nz
Great site thanks. I got all excited when Hotwire came up with $671 for 21 days SUV rental, but it does not include insurance. And I could not see anywhere what the cost of insurance would be, they can tell you when you pick it up. On Hertz or Avis, the LDW is about $22 to $24 a day so that adds up. I need to still investigate the whys and wherefores of LDW and what our travel insurance already covers.
I've just about jumped through hoops trying to get rental car insurance not via the rental company for my upcoming USA trip. Car insurer, all the credit cards, and of course travel insurance companies. I even asked a friend of mine who's an insurance broker, if there were any products in NZ that offer the coverage we need -- he travels a lot, and his answer was No, and the next thing he said was You must buy it! My personal opinion is that since the contracts seem to all give the companies the right to not only charge up to the full value of the vehicle but also towage and all manner of other costs (probably including birthday parties for all staff for the next 10 years ), LDW is a regrettable but necessary cost. And unfortunately we Kiwis seem to have no other way to get it than through the rental company.

Having said all that, if you do find some other way of accessing the cover, please do let me know!
post #16 of 19
Julie,

In the States, a whole lot of credit card companies cover the damage insurance on the car as long as you decline the LDW from the rental company. Obviously you don't have a US-based card, but is it possible that some of your credit card companies might cover it?

I know that American Express (US-base card - Gold cards and higher plus most of the Optima credit cards) gives Secondary coverage (any claim hits your own auto insurance first and then Amex pays what it doesn't) in the USA, but is Primary coverage when a US member rents in a foreign country. I've routinely declined the LDW when renting in the UK, for example, because of that coverage.

(And with me going the "wrong" way around a roundabout once in a Commonwealth country, I *need* the coverage!)

Is it possible that a NZ-based Amex might be the inverse - give complete Primary coverage in the US? Might be worth looking into.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
I might investigate the credit card cover a bit further. I do have a gold American Express and a gold Mastercard that both have travel insurance. I think we relied on this last time but were not really sure if we were covered properly - don't want to push our luck too far cause we are also driving on the 'wrong' side of the road.

skiaddict1 - I'll let you know if we find anything. That is interesting the broker always said to take the LDW.
post #18 of 19
I think you'll find that the CCs offer no LDW cover at all, and the SLI cover they offer specifically excludes incidents that involve motorised vehicles!!! That said, I'll be extremely happy to have you prove me wrong!
post #19 of 19
Could be the NZ CC company's "Travel Insurance" is totally different from the US-based cards' "Rental Car collision coverage".

SLI is a totally different animal from LDW/CDW. SLI protects YOU for damages you cause to someone else. It has nothing to do with protecting you for damages to or loss of the rental car.

The US rental companies are happy to push both LDW/CDW and also push SLI. It's a huge profit-maker for them. But if you aren't sure you have other coverage, you are probably best to take it.

I've never heard of third-party rental car CDW/LDW except that offered by the credit card companies. In the States, you have basically three choices: 1) Buy the LDW, 2) Decline the LDW and take the risk on your own auto insurance, or 3) Decline the LDW because the credit card you used for the rental has collision/loss insurance.

May be different in NZ but be sure that the NZ company will cover the US rental. Also if you have an accident, the US-based rental company is probably not going to be satisfied with billing an overseas company - they'll probably want cash or a signed credit card charge for their cost of the repair. Whereas I've had both Citibank's and Amex's insurance accepted for collision damage without my having to pay anything for the damage upon return. Granted that was a domestic rental.
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