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When planning a trip to the Town of Vail, Colorado, most people either drive there in their own car, or they fly into Denver International Airport and either rent a car to drive to Vail, or they take a shuttle.
If contemplating whether or not a rental car will be needed while in Vail, make sure to first check out the public transportation system before spending the money on a car. Also ask about daily parking fees at your lodge or hotel. There are busses that frequently run throughout the entire Town of Vail, and they also run all the way from exit 173 to exit 180 on Interstate 70. The busses run on a regular schedule, although the schedule varies depending on the season.
In addition to busses that can take visitors all over the Town of Vail, there are shuttle busses that drive around the parking lots in Vail Village and pick up skiers in the winter and shoppers as well as cyclists in the summer. The shuttles bring people to the main entrances of the Village.
There are several simple rules to follow when utilizing a Vail Village bus, and some of those rules are related to visitors traveling with their skis or their bicycles. Most of the busses contain ski and/or bike racks on the outside of the busses. If riding a bus that has external racks, travelers are required to use the racks and not bring their large items on the bus with them.