By Public Transportation -- The Regional Transportation District, known as the RTD (tel. 800/366-7433 or 303/299-6000; www.rtd-denver.com), provides bus service throughout Boulder as well as the Denver greater metropolitan area. The Boulder Transit Center, 14th and Walnut streets, is open Monday through Friday from 5am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 6am to midnight. Fares within the city are $2.25 for adults and children ($1.10 for seniors and passengers with disabilities; children 5 and under ride free). Schedules are available at the Transit Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and other locations. Buses are wheelchair accessible.
The city of Boulder runs a shuttle bus service called the HOP (tel. 303/447-8282), connecting downtown, University Hill, the University of Colorado, and 30th and Pearl. The HOP operates weekdays from 7am to 11pm, Saturdays from 9am to 11pm, and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. While the University of Colorado is in session, a late-night bus runs Thursday through Saturday nights until 3am. Buses run about every 8 to 15 minutes during the day, every 15 to 20 minutes at night; the fare is $2 ($1 for seniors; children 5 and under ride free).
The RTD runs a complimentary local shuttle, the SKIP, Monday through Friday from 5am to 12:30am, Saturday from 7am to 12:30am, and Sunday from 7am to 11pm. Buses run north and south along Broadway, with a loop through the west Table Mesa neighborhood, every 6 to 10 minutes during peak weekday times and less frequently in the evenings and on weekends.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has an office at 1933 28th St., #200 (tel. 303/753-8800). It’s open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Car Rentals--Most people who fly to Colorado land at Denver International Airport and rent a car there. To rent a car in Boulder, contact Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, or National. For a list of car-rental agency websites, please see “Airline & Car-Rental Websites,”.
Parking--Most downtown streets have parking meters, with rates of about 25¢ per 20 minutes. Downtown parking lots cost $1 to $3 for 3 hours. Parking can be hard to find around the Pearl Street Mall, but new lots have eased the pain. Outside downtown, free parking is generally available on side streets.
Boulder is a wonderful place for bicycling; there are bike paths throughout the city and an extensive trail system leading for miles beyond Boulder’s borders.
You can rent and repair mountain bikes and buy trail and city maps at University Bicycles, 839 Pearl St., about 2 blocks west of the Pearl Street Mall (tel. 303/444-4196; www.ubikes.com), and Full Cycle, 1211 13th St., near the campus (tel. 303/440-7771; www.fullcyclebikes.com). Bike rentals cost $30 to $50 (or $75–$85 for a mountain bike or a luxury model) daily. Maps and other information are also available at the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2440 Pearl St. (tel. 303/442-2911).
Boulder Yellow Cab (tel. 303/777-7777) operates 24 hours, but you need to call for service--there are no taxi stands, and taxis won’t stop for you on the street. Other companies that serve Boulder are Freedom Cab (tel. 303/444-4444) and Metro Taxi (tel. 303/333-3333).
You can walk to most of what’s worth seeing in downtown Boulder, especially around the Pearl Street Mall and University of Colorado campus. Historic Boulder, Inc., 4735 Walnut St. (tel. 303/444-5192; www.historicboulder.org), can provide advice about exploring the city’s historic neighborhoods on foot. Books and brochures covering historic walking tours are available at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2440 Pearl St.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.