Driving simply isn’t necessary when you’re here for Spring Break

Many people are not aware of the fact that Breckenridge was once deemed a kingdom. Although there are no fortress walls surrounding it, the town is indeed self-contained, so when it comes to getting from place to place, public transportation has you covered. From airport shuttles to free local buses and even (to stick with the sovereign theme) horse-drawn carriages, there is truly no need for a car here.

Behold, the seamless means from point A to point B that allow you to relax, forget about a rental car and leave the winter driving up to someone else:

 

Colorado Mountain Express

Colorado Mountain Express vehicles in inclement weather.

 

There are several great local companies providing door-to-door service from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Breckenridge. Vail Resorts’ own Colorado Mountain Express offers shared ride shuttles (seating 10 people), as well as coaches and private luxury SUV rides to and from Breckenridge. Many drivers are long-time locals who can provide fun facts en route and suggest dinner spots and little known tidbits along the way. Bags are included, plus children and groups of three or more get a discount. Oh yes, there’s Wi-Fi on board, too. Shuttles leave DIA every hour between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and private services can be arranged any time. 1-970-754-7433.

Getting around Breck

Wherever you’re staying in Breck, you’re a short walk away from a Breckenridge Free Ride bus stop. The color-coded buses are operated both by the Town of Breckenridge (with service between 6:15 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.) and Breck Ski Resort (Black, Blue and Red routes with service between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) They are absolutely free and sure beat hauling your skis and boards around or walking to dinner in slippery shoes. Buses come every 15, 20 or 30 minutes.

Getting around Summit County

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Want to head over to Keystone for the day? Maybe check out the scene in Frisco? The Summit Stage bus runs from Breck to and from Boreas Pass, Blue River and Frisco, between Frisco and Keystone, Silverthorne and Copper Mountain and is also free. Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., buses run to and from Frisco every 30 minutes and between 6:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., the service is hourly.

Anytime taxi service

OK, this ain’t New York City. You’re not going to be able to walk outside and flag down a cab. But Uber  is still an option up here, plus a couple of reliable local taxi companies that will come to your rescue when you ring. Jake’s Mountain Shuttle (970-401-0988) can be booked in advance for big nights out and also offers “anytime, anywhere” service. High Mountain Taxi (970-513-1111) offers similar service and can be booked in advance or on the spot.

Horse-drawn carriage rides

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It’s true. It’s a thing. Really, it’s more western than medieval, but be assured that riding around Breck the old-fashion way is tremendously more magical than a similar ride in Central Park. Not meant as a taxi service but more as a romantic detour, Breckenridge Stables offers rides all winter between 12 and 6 p.m. To reserve, call  (970) 389-5635.

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