3 Transportation Options for Vail to Breckenridge

If you visit Colorado for ski season, chances are that you’ll want to visit a few of the fabulous ski resorts. The great thing is that there are quite a few ski resorts within a short drive of each other. Two very popular resorts in Colorado are Vail and Breckenridge. So if you need help figuring out how to get from Vail to Breckenridge (or Breckenridge to Vail), here are your options.

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1. Drive from Vail to Breckenridge

The most simple way to get from Vail to Breckenridge is to drive. This route is direct and you can leave whenever you want without waiting on a schedule.

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Driving may come with extra costs, though. Ski resorts have designated parking lots for skiers and they have a fee with them. The main garages in Vail charge hourly and Breckenridge charges a daily fee at the gondola lots.

large snowy mountain with a pink sky

2. Take a Bus


The Bustang is a popular bus service that provides transport from Denver to the mountain ski resorts. If you’re trying to get from Vail to Breckenridge (and vice versa), you can hop on the Pegasus Bustang. This goes between Frisco and Vail. In order to get from Frisco to Breckenridge, just hop on the free shuttle in town that goes between the two neighboring towns.

If you’re just getting into Colorado, the Bustang also offers service from the Denver Airport.


The Greyhound route is better if you are just trying to make a transfer, but not necessarily looking for same-day round-trip transportation. The times aren’t always the best for getting on the slopes early, so this is best for transferring one day and enjoying the slopes the next day.

The Greyhound stops at the Vail Eco Center and the Frisco Transit Center. So once again, you’ll have to take that final leg from Frisco to Breckenridge on the free town shuttle.

For getting from Vail to Breckenridge (or Breckenridge to Vail,) this is a pretty economical option if you don’t mind adjusting to the Greyhound Schedule.

high view of a snowy Vail

3. Take a Shuttle

This shuttle route works for going from Breckenridge to Vail, but includes roundtrip transfer so you can return from Vail to Breckenridge at the end of the day.

This Fresh Tracks Transportation shuttle is great for Epic Pass holders so they can ski multiple resorts on the pass without having to worry about transportation.

While there are many shuttles that provide transport from the airport to a single ski resort, this is the only one I know of that specifically offers routes from ski town to ski town.

The shuttle goes all the way to Breckenridge so you don’t have to bus over to Frisco (though it also stops in Frisco, if you’d like).

The shuttle runs around $40 r/t with group rates available for groups of 4 or larger. Kids also get a discounted price with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Check current rates, schedules, and routes for the Vail Ski Shuttle.

FAQ for getting from Vail to Breckenrige and Vice Versa

Is There a Shuttle Between Breckenridge and Vail?

Yes, you can take the Fresh Tracks Shuttle to get from Breckenridge to Vail. This is one of the only shuttle that actually comes into Breckenridge rather than having you get to the Frisco Transit Center first.

How Far of a Drive is Vail from Breckenridge?

To get from Breckenridge to Vail Ski Resort it is about 36 miles, which will take about 48 minutes without traffic.

Vail to Breckenridge Final Thoughts

As you can see, there aren’t many options for getting from Vail to Breckenridge, but there are enough decent options to make it work. While driving may be the most convenient, the shuttle is quite convenient so you don’t have to worry about parking. If you are making the trip with kids, the nice discount is really useful in helping keep on a budget as well.

The busses are the most economical way to get from Vail to Breckenridge, though they require a little extra effort and a lot of flexibility.

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