Denver Layover Guide (DEN)

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the main international in the western United States. It is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second-largest in the world. It is located on the 15 km (25 mi) from the center of Denver. The airport has had commercial flights since it opened in 1995. Denver is the capital of the United States state of Colorado. It is known for its the surrounding Rocky Mountains and as one of the fastest-growing major cities in the United States.

Can you leave Denver Airport (DEN) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible for certain travelers to visit Denver during a layover but others require a visa depending on nationality (more info).

Tours/To do | Relax/Sleep | Internet/SIM | Transport | Storage | Money

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Organized Tours

Rocky Mountain Half-Day Explorer Trip from Denver

Immerse yourself at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the amazing views, discover dinosaur tracks, and explore the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Pass by the historic Lariat Loop and through Bear Creek Canyon to get closer views of the Rockies. Lookout Mountain is great for capturing amazing views of the plains and the continental divide. Find out why Buffalo Bill requested to be laid to rest in this beautiful area. » book this tour

Denver Mile High Culture Pass

This culture pass gives you a way to explore 7 of Denver’s top attractions including the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado Center, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and the Molly Brown House Museum. The pass is activated upon first use and valid for 72 consecutive hours which is enough time to experience the best that Denver has to offer. » book this tour

Cannabis Tour

Visit Seed & Smith, Colorado’s premiere craft cannabis producer and they show visitors how high-end cultivation and extraction is done. The tour reveals how the future of cannabis industry will be. Every part of the cannabis production process is showcased through glass windows, get the chance to explore the facility and peer into a living green grow. Discover the extraction lab where oils and other concentrates are made and an award-winning packaging center. And of course, there are chances to have hands-on samples. » book this tour

Things to do / Sightseeing

Denver Climbing Company

The Denver Climbing Company Outdoor Climbing School provides rock climbing instruction. They guarantee safety with extremely professional guides who make sure the entire family are having fun. They offer a memorable experience of climbing in the Colorado Rockies.

Time required: 2 hours to a full day.

Airport to here: Taxi takes an average of an hour while public transport takes almost 2 hours.

Denver Botanic Gardens

These botanic gardens are lush all year round with a tropical biosphere and Japanese garden complete with pool and lily pads. The garden is the perfect outing to escape the city. The Denver Botanic Gardens also focus on conserving natural habitats and protecting species. It is a great spot for a picnic.

Time required: You will need at least an hour to enjoy the botanic gardens.

Airport to here: Taxi takes an average of 45 minutes while public transport typically takes an hour and 30 minutes.

Larimer Square

Larimer Square is one of Denver’s most important areas, both in history and in fame. It was here in the 19th century when Colorado had its gold rush and famous gold strikes that launched the state on the map. The square is full of buildings and developments from that time. Also, the area still has great restaurants and shops selling unusual and unique gifts.

Time required: At least an hour would be the minimum.

Airport to here: Typically takes a Taxi 40 minutes and public transport takes an hour and 30 minutes on average.

Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol is a beautiful building and worth visiting. The building officially opened in 1894 and was constructed from Colorado white granite. The building’s dome is made of real gold leaf. You can climb into the dome to see amazing views and be dazzled by the attention to detail.

Time required: 2-3 hours.

Airport to here: Typically takes a Taxi 30 minutes while public transport can take more than an hour.

Downtown Aquarium

This aquarium that holds more than a million gallons of water and housing over 500 species. It is divided into a Dive Lounge, an interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Nautilus Ballroom, Aquarium Restaurant, and much more. It is a great place for families and a fantastic place for kids to learn more about marine life, there is also a live mermaid show and the flash flood exhibit.

Time required: Set aside an hour or 2 to enjoy the aquarium.

Airport to here: Taxi takes an average of 35 minutes while public transport typically takes 2 hours.

United States Mint

This Mint was built in 1897 and is remarkable that it is still operating and producing coins for circulation for more than a 100 years. Touring this building is a great place to learn about coins being made and the minting process. The gift shop offers a lot of memorabilia.

Time required: Set aside 2 or 3 hours to explore the Mint.

Airport to here: Typically takes a Taxi 40 minutes and public transport takes over an hour.

Children’s Museum of Denver

The museum now welcomes over 350,000 visitors per year of all ages! It offers a lot of activities including wood working, grocery marketing station, rocket launching, nature climbing & caves, and so on. This interactive experience is great for kids and they are free to explore.

Time required: Set aside 3 or 4 hours to enjoy the museum.

Airport to here: Typically takes a Taxi 30 minutes and public transport takes an hour and 30 minutes.

Adams Mystery Playhouse

This is one of the most unique places to visit in Colorado. There is a mystery dinner theatre full of comedy and thrills. There’s a lot of food and you get to interact with the characters in the dinner theatre and follow the plot of the drama in real-time as a murder happens. You have to help the detectives solve the drama with clues and eyewitness accounts. The winning team gets souvenir prizes for solving the crime!

Time required: Set aside 2 or 3 hours to explore the Clarke Quay.

Airport to here: Typically takes a Taxi 30 minutes and public transport takes an hour and 30 minutes.

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are numerous lounges in each terminal of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are many hotels close to the airport and one at the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There is no designated resting area.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at the airport. Connect to the “DEN Airport Free WiFi” network.

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards.

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxicabs are available at the arrival areas of each Terminal.

Train: There is a line commuter train that links the airport with the inner city. (more info).

Bus: Public bus services available and are all wheelchair accessible. (more info).

Shuttle: There are different shuttle services available.

Car rentals: Many car rental companies are available. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: There are several public parking spaces.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There are no luggage storage services available.

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Denver Airport (DEN) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks
- Order your foreign currency ONLINE and PICK IT UP at the airport!