Hello mes amis!
As I mentioned yesterday, this week after the trip has been a whirlwind. But while its fresh in my mind, I thought I’d share a few tips for traveling through the Denver International Airport. I’ve landed there at least half-a-dozen times now, as a layover or as a destination, for business and for fun, and here’s what I’ve learned:
About this Airport:
- This airport is huge. You check in at the Security Terminal/Baggage Claim, and then take a train to your gate at either A, B or C Terminals. This takes time, so don’t think you’re “done” after the security lane. Waiting for a train and then getting to your gate will add to the total travel time.
- Generally, Terminal C is Delta and Southwest (furthest), Terminal B is for United, and Terminal A is for everyone else (closest). But check the boards to be sure!
- At the Security Terminal, there are both East and West security lanes. If you’re on the 2nd Floor Center you can usually see a staff member, or sometimes just a sign, telling you which lanes are shorter. Heed that advice. This can really make a difference in your travel time, since passengers for flights at A, B and C Terminals are all screening here.
- There is food and shopping at each of the 3 terminals after you’ve screened security. I don’t recall one terminal being “better” than another really.
- In each of the 3 terminals the shops/food is in the center with departure/arrival gates extending to both sides. There isn’t as much stuff once you walk down to your gate (which can be a long walk, so there are moving sidewalks available), so if you want something the center is usually more convenient before you take that walk.
- Overall, this airport still feels new and I think it is relatively clean, as far as airports go.
- Once I had a Denver layover long enough that I could have lunch with some local friends. There are plenty of sit-down options in the pre-security zone at the Security Terminal, which is great for this – but remember you’ll have to re-screen at security to get back to your gate afterward.
- If you’re thinking of leaving the airport on your layover, it had better be a long layover. It is at least a 30 minute drive to get to downtown Denver from the airport without traffic.
- Renting a car is advisable if you want to avoid the fare for a long cab ride to/from the airport, and especially if you want to get outside of the downtown area during your visit.
- To rent, you take the shuttle for your car rental company to their specific rental lot. Don’t get on the wrong shuttle!
- This is a solid 5-minute shuttle ride, maybe longer if you have to wait, so factor in this extra time for your return trip to the airport.
So that’s what I’ve learned so far about Denver International Airport! Any travel tips that I’ve missed?