Ultimate Airport Parking Guide

(DEN) Denver International Airport

Built in 1995 and designed to mimic the mountainous terrain surrounding Denver, DIA is the largest airport in the U.S. by area and the 5th busiest. You should expect long taxiing times as a result of the long runways but at least you can stare at the mountains while you wait. There's also a statue of a blue mustang with glowing red eyes that will greet you just outside the airport (fair warning that it can look creepy at night especially when jet-lagged).

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    General airport info

    (DEN) Denver International Airport
    8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249

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    Airport parking options at DEN

    There are lots of on-airport parking options for both short and long-term parking so you won't have a problem finding a spot. If you are able to plan ahead and pre-pay go with the lot at 61st and Peña which has one of the lowest daily rates I've come across for long-term options.

    On-airport lots

    Expect to pay $5 / hour for short term and $8 / day at Pikes Peak, the most popular long-term lot.

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    3rd party lots

    If you're interested in parking at a private lot there are 5 options ranging from $7 - $23.

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    You can also find hotel parking from as little as $3 and up to $21 per day at one of the many hotel sites listed.

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    Airport owned & operated lots

    Key takeaways for DEN airport lots

    • The airport itself seems like it is out in the middle of nowhere so give yourself enough time to drive out, park, and shuttle to the terminal.
    • If you are able to plan ahead and pre-pay, your cheapest option for long-term parking by far is the lot at 61st and Peña. Just give yourself enough time to buy a $9 train ticket to jump on the train for a 11-minute ride to the terminal.
    • The cell phone waiting lot named Final Approach has more amenities than other waiting lots I've seen offering free wi-fi and eateries open from 5:00 - 12:00 AM.
    • Electric vehicle drivers will find 11 Level 1 type unit spots at the 61st and Peña lot as well as some hybrid vehicle spots and 36 electric vehicle EV charging stations located on Level 1 of the East and West parking garages.

    Long term parking

    Lot name Price
    61st and Peña
    Pre-pay only
    $4.00 / day
    Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot $8.00 / day
    Mt. Elbert Shuttle Lot
    The Mt. Elbert Shuttle Lot is the airport's "overflow" lot and opens when the Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot is full.
    $8.00 / day
    Economy East and West $16.00 / day
    Daily rate drops to $15 after the third day.
    East and West Parking Garages $25.00 / day
    Valet East and West $33.00 / day
    Daily rate drops to $10.00 after the third day

    Short term parking

    Lot name Price
    Short Term East & West $5.00 / hour
    Final Approach - Cell Phone Waiting Lot Free - Open 24 hours and located approximately three miles west of the terminal

    Privately owned & operated 3rd party lots

    There are some off-airport lots ranging from $7 - $23 per day that offer premium options like covered parking and valet.

    25200 East 68th Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80019
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    US Airport Parking
    18000 East 81st Avenue
    Commerce City, CO 80022
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    The Parking Spot
    19901 East 56th Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80019
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    Canopy Airport Parking
    8100 Tower Road
    Commerce City, CO 80022
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    Discounts apply when reserving online

    24200 East 78th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80249
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    Hotel lots

    Hotel lots allow you to park at nearby hotels and the hotel shuttle takes you to the airport.

    Before using hotel lots, I’d recommend you read more about how these lots work on my guide to airport parking, particularly the section on hotel lots here.

    There are several, reasonably-priced hotel options for parking at DIA. Prices range from $3 - $21 per day.

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