Traveling to Boulder for a business meeting, I decided to take the road or ride less traveled.
My hertz reservation for my two day drip was $165 and with gas and parking, my total expense would end up being $209 + $20 for round trip LA flyaway.
My day started with the LA flyaway at 6am. Smooth, simple and $10. Cheaper than a cab and easier than having my wife give me a ride only to sit in traffic going north on the 405. Overall it works, though a local dash service would be great since a local Uber would add another $8 to my tab each way.
In Denver, easy tram to the main terminal (why don’t we do this at LAX?) and two very helpful people directed me to the ground transportation booth and I proceeded to wait 20 minutes for the scheduled bus to arrive.
The bus arrived early and the driver loaded everyone’s bags and we left on time.All for $11!
In under an hour I was in Denver. From there I jumped on a free mall bus and arrived at the Westin in no time. Parking was worse than I thought at $24 so very glad I did not drive.
My lunch and dinner meetings were downtown so it was an easy walk to both restaurants.
After dinner walked back to the transit center (buses will be moving to Union Station in May) and I took the bus to Boulder for $5.
The trip to Boulder was about 20 minutes longer than driving but it was easy and I was able to stretch out, read and relax.
Staying at the St Julien hotel, I had about a 4 block walk which was very easy with my roller bag. Also, parking was $15 per day.
Two great days of meetings and it was time to head back to the airport for the trip home. I stopped by Starbucks for a coffee to go and took the 2:37pm bus to the airport for $13.
There was a ton of traffic so it was nice to ride versus trying to drive. The hour bus ride was about 25 minutes longer than driving but probably a was once I had to stop for gas and return the car to the lot.
All in all, it was a very easy process and very economical. While my budget was $209, the real cost with parking would have been $249. My total cost was $29. A savings of $220!
It was great to keep that in my pocket to cover my other travel expenses.