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The 12.1 mile light rail line connects Denver Union Station to Golden’s end-of-line station at the Jefferson County campus, with stops in Denver and Lakewood. The frequency is every 15 minutes at the Golden station. Learn more about the West Rail Line.
The City’s Community Call-n-Ride bus began simultaneously operating a flexible route that links the Golden end-of-line rail station to downtown Golden and back . Bus service runs every half hour at scheduled stops, but reservations may also be made to have the bus pick you up within the Call-n-Ride boundaries. Learn more about the Community Call-n-Ride Bus.
An RTD SkyRide bus to Denver International Airport (DIA) leaves Golden’s end-of-line station each weekday at 2:58 a.m. and arrives at DIA at 4:22 a.m. Return trips are via SkyRide buses from DIA to Union Station, with a transfer to the West Rail Line for the remainder of the trip to Golden.
How to Ride Local Public Transit
Local/limited one way ticket
$2.25 ($1.10 for ages 65+ and 6-19) takes you to Denver and beyond by bus. It applies to all city buses, including Golden’s green call-and-ride buses, but not regional buses such as the bus to Evergreen or Boulder. This ticket will also allow you to travel within two light rail fare zones which, in Golden’s case, means that it will take you to any of the Lakewood stations, but getting to Denver will cost you extra. This fare also entitles you to a transfer so, for example, you could take a Golden green bus to the light rail station, and then take the train to the Federal Center all under this fare.
$79.00 ($39.50 for ages 65+ and 6-19). This pass allows unlimited rides within the local/limited service area constraints. Great for those who commute to work or school in Lakewood on the light rail, or as far as Denver on the 16 or 16L bus.
Ticket book (10 rides)
$20.00 ($10.00 for ages 65+ and 6-19). Perfect for the busy commuter, student, or passenger on the go, these pocket-sized books contain 10 tickets valid for one-way bus or light rail service. Tickets are inserted into the bus fare box just like cash. When riding light rail, be sure to validate your ticket by inserting it into a validation machine prior to boarding. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes after the time of validation.
Denver by rail
$4.00 ($2.00 for ages 65+ and 6-19). Takes you three fare zones to Denver stations via light rail. For those regular commuters to Denver, monthly passes are $140.00 ($70.00 for ages 65+ and 6-19)
Unlimited 5 day pass
$51.25. This pass is valid for all local, limited, express, and regional bus, and light rail travel in all fare zones. Great for those visiting the area for a few days to explore metro Denver. Still a little confused or have another question? Learn more about all of RTD’s fare options on the RTD website.
Where to buy tickets and passes in Golden?
- Safeway Customer Service Desk
- King Soopers Customer Service Desk