Arrival Information

After You Arrive in the United States

When you get to your first destination in the United States, you will need to go through customs and immigration. If Denver is your first destination in the United States, it will be in Denver. If you go to another city in the United States first, it will be there.

Arriving at Denver International Airport (DIA)

When you arrive at your gate, you will follow signs to Customs and Immigration. You will first need to pass through immigration. There are usually lines for U.S. citizens and lines for citizens of other countries. Make sure that you wait in the correct line. The officials will check your visa, passport, and I-20 form (for F1 students). After you clear immigration, you will pick up your luggage and proceed to customs. They may search your bags, but this is rare. You will then enter the main terminal.

Arriving at another Airport in the United States

If you arrive at another airport in the United States, you will follow signs to Customs and Immigration. You will first need to pass through immigration. There are usually lines for U.S. citizens and lines for citizens of other countries. Make sure that you wait in the correct line. The officials will check your visa, passport, and I-20 form (for F1 students). After you clear immigration, you will pick up your luggage and proceed to customs. They may search your bags, but this is rare.After customs, you will need to find your connecting flight to Denver. You will also need to check your baggage in again. Don’t hesitate to ask any airline or airport official for help getting to your connecting flight. When you get to Denver, you will be in either concourse A, B, or C. Follow the signs to the Baggage Claim area. For most arrivals, you will be directed to take a train to the baggage claim area. Get on a train that is going in the direction of “Terminal/Baggage Claim”. There is no fee to ride this train. Get off the train at the terminal, which is the last stop. After you get off the train, you will need to go up the escalator. At the top of the escalator, you will find yourself in the large main hall of the airport terminal. This main hall has a very high ceiling. Look for signs for the baggage claim area for your flight.

Transportation to Boulder

It is about 73km (45 miles) from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Boulder. There are several ways to travel from DIA to Boulder. All of these can be found on the baggage claim level.

  • Taxi: A taxi trip from DIA to Boulder will cost approximately $89 (plus 15% tip). The taxi pick-up area is located outside of the baggage claim area.
  • Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle offers van service from DIA to any address in Boulder for approximately $84 (plus 15% tip). You can make Super Shuttle reservations in advance at their website. The Super Shuttle pick-up area is located outside of the baggage claim area. 
  • Green Ride: Green Ride also offers van service from DIA to any address in Boulder for approximately $38 (plus $5 tip). You can make reservations in advance on their website. The Outbound Shuttles (From DIA) load on Level 5 (Main Level/ Baggage Claim Level), between Doors 507 and 509, Island 5, beneath the “Special Permit” signs. This is on the East (BLUE) side of the Terminal. Door 507 is next to baggage carousels #3. If you have a confirmed reservation, you may proceed directly to the loading area. They encourage reservations for the outbound service. Please arrive at the boarding area at 25 minutes after the hour to prepare for boarding. The GRB shuttle departs hourly at :35 minutes after the hour. They have a booth located inside the Terminal on Level 5 to provide walk-up ticketing or assist you in any capacity.
  • The RTD SkyRide AB will take you from the Denver International Airport to Boulder for $9. An RTD information booth is located inside Jeppesen Terminal. The RTD SkyRide AB picks up from level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal, outside door 506, island 5. Drivers will help you load and unload your luggage. You can take the bus to Broadway and Euclid Street in Boulder, which is two blocks from the IEC, or ride into downtown Boulder. Once you have your CU student ID, you can take the AB bus to and from Boulder for free. Note for Bear Creek residents: This bus does not go to Bear Creek.