I Parked, Now What?

26 Jun 2019 by Alex

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport is the largest in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world. As of 2018, DEN is the 20th busiest airport in the world and fifth busiest in the U.S. based on passenger traffic. It is a major hub for Frontier Airlines and United Airlines. Also, a main operating base for Southwest Airlines.

DEN is 25 miles from downtown Denver. This makes options like ride-sharing apps, Uber and Lyft, very expensive due to the long distance. Also, sometimes it may be uncomfortable to depend on a family member/friend for a ride to the airport. In these cases, airport parking is a great, economical option .

DEN has several short term and long termp arking options. Denver International Airport has more than 44,000 public parking spaces, some more economical than others.

Airport Parking Options:

  • East and West Garages reserved parking located adjacent to the Jeppesen Terminal for $4/hour and $25/day. 5-10 minutes walking distance from airport.
  • Economy parking located adjacent to the parking garages $4/hour or $16/day. 5-7 min shuttle to the airport.
  • Shuttle lot parking (most economical) for $2/hour or $8/day. 7-10 min shuttle to the airport.
  • Valet East and West for $33/day and $4/hour. 5 minutes walking to the airport. Call or text: (720) 641-7139 to get your car faster.
  • Short-term East and West located in Arrivals level 4. No overnight parking allowed. $5/hour and $120/day.


  • Schedule 30 minutes from the time you arrive at the lot to the time you get to your terminal
  • Mt. Elbert shuttle parking lots offer drive-up bag drop and check-in. Just drop your bag before you park and arrive at the airport luggage free to be able to skip the airline ticket lines. Only eligible for domestic flights on United, Southwest, Delta and American. Saturday to Thursday 2 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday 2 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Outside Airport Parking Options:

A more economical and practical option for both short-term and especially long-term airport parking are parking lots outside the airport. Sites like CheapAirportParking and ParkON are available to pre-schedule your parking spot in hotels and safe parking garages next to the airport. These provide shuttles to and from the airport, as well as great customer service to help you park as easy and convenient as possible. The price of an hour at the airport parking can be the same as a whole day with these sites!

Dining in Denver International Airport

DEN is gradually earning a reputation as a food destination within airports. With its new addition of the Denver Central Market (Concourse A) and upcoming restaurants like Shake Shack, Jax Fish House to the Post Brewing, Great Divide, Osteria Marco and Snooze the food scene is blooming and increasing in quality. Here is a quick guide of the options available based on your terminal and cravings.

Concourse A

Airlines: AeroMexico, Air Canada, Allegiant, American Airlines, Boutique Air, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Denver Air Connection, Edelweiss, Frontier, Icelander, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Sun Country Airlines, Volaris and West Jet.

Located in Center Core:

  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (Less than $10)
  • Caribou Coffee (Less than $10)
  • Chef Jimmy's Bistro & Spirits ($10-$20)
  • Denver Chophouse (Over $20)
  • Dunkin' Donuts (Less than $10)
  • KFC Express/Pizza Hut Express (Less than $10)
  • McDonald's (Less than $10)
  • Panda Express (Less than $10)


  • Quiznos
  • Near Gate A34 (Less than $10)
  • Snarf's Sandwiches
  • Near Gate A73 (Less than $10)
  • Vino Volo
  • Near Gate A49 ($10-$20)
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Near Gate A71 ($10-$20)
  • Brother's BBQ
  • Near Gate A71 ($10-$20)
  • Denver Central Market
  • Near Gate A48 ($10-$20)
  • Lavazza
  • Near Gate A32 ($10-$20)
  • Mesa Verde Bar & Grill
  • Mezzanine ($10-$20)

Concourse B

Airline: United


  • Aviator's Sports Bar & Bar-B-Que ($10-$20)
  • Cantina Grill ($10-$20)
  • Caribou Coffee (Less than $10)
  • City Wok (Less than $10)
  • Jamba Juice (Less than $10)
  • Lounge 5280 Wine Bar ($10-$20)
  • Wolfgang Puck ($10-$20)
  • Woody Creek Bakery & Cafe ($10-$20)

Center Core:

  • Chick-fil-A (Less than $10)
  • McDonald's (Less than $10)
  • Modern Market ($10-$20)
  • Elway's (Over $20)
  • Pour La France! ($10-$20)
  • Qdoba Mexican Eats ($10-$20)


  • Cru Food and Wine Bar
  • Near Gate B51 ($10-$20)
  • Etai's
  • Near Gate B23 ($10-$20)
  • Heidi's Brooklyn Deli
  • Near Gate B87 (Less than $10)
  • New Belgium Hub
  • Near Gate B60 ($10-$20)
  • New Belgium Sports Bar
  • Near Gate B30 (Less than $10)
  • Pizza Hut Express/Haagen Daz
  • Near Gate B21 (Less than $10)
  • Que Bueno! Mexican Grille
  • Near Gate B52 (Less than $10)
  • Rocky Mountain Cafe
  • Near Gate B24 (Less than $10)
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Near Gate B52 (Less than $10)
  • Sara Lee Sandwich Shoppe/Colombo Frozen Yogurt
  • Near Gate B52 (Less than $10)
  • Near Gate B44 ($10-$20)
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Near Gate B89 (Less than $10)
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Near Gate B80 (Less than $10)
  • Steve's Snappin' Dogs
  • Near Gate B24 (Less than $10)
  • Wetzel's Pretzels
  • Near Gate B23 (Less than $10)

Concourse C

Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines

Center Core:

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels (Less than $10)
  • McDonald's (Less than $10)
  • Root Down ($10-$20)
  • Starbucks Coffee (Less than $10)
  • Timberline Steaks & Grille (Over $20)
  • Villa Pizza (Less than $10)


  • Auntie Anne's
  • Near Gate C26 (Less than $10)
  • Big Bowl
  • Near Gate C28 ($10-$20)
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Near Gate C32 (Less than $10)
  • Coors Silver Bullet Bar
  • Near Gate C29 ($10-$20)
  • Dazbog Coffee
  • Near Gate C47 (Less than $10)
  • Great Divide Brewing
  • Near Gate C32 ($10-$20)
  • Happy Cakes Cafe & Allegro Coffee
  • Near Gate C24 ($10-$20)
  • Jamba Juice
  • Near Gate C32 (Less than $10)
  • Modern Market
  • Near Gate C28 ($10-$20)
  • Near Gate C51 ($10-$20)
  • Tapas Sky Bar
  • Near Gate C24 ($10-$20)
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Near Gate C29 ($10-$20)
  • The Magic Pan
  • Near Gate C28 (Less than $10)
  • Vino Volo
  • Near Gate C49 ($10-$20)
  • Woody Creek Bakery & Cafe
  • Near Gate C46 ($10-$20)

Activities at DEN

Denver International Airport is known for its unique design and vast collection of art. It has been named "Best U.S. Airport for Art" by USA Today. DEN also offers pampering options like XpresSpa and A Massage, for you to have a more relaxed and pleasant traveling experience. DEN is a very entertaining airport, check out their official website for events happening every day.