Union Station Denver

What to Do In & Near this Downtown Attraction

Union Station Denver is a historic train station downtown. It's now home to more than a dozen shops and restaurants. It also offers a large seating area in the middle, so you can enjoy your food and beverages or just spend some time relaxing between activities.

On the top floors, you will also find a gorgeous 4.5-star hotel called the Crawford. It's also a hub for public transportation in and around The Mile High City as well as other places in Colorado and beyond.

Union Station Denver: Outside

What's Happening at Union Station Denver

Union Station Denver is open most of the day and each restaurant or shop has individual hours. The coffee shop here opens most days around 6am and closes at around 11pm. The Terminal Bar opens at around 10am and is open most nights until 2am. This will give you a rough idea on the overall hours.

There is a total of about a dozen places inside. Some you can only access from inside the building, while the larger places also have doors outside. 

Some of my favorite spots inside include:

  • Pigtrain Coffee Company: Great coffee and tasty pastries
  • Snooze: One of my favorite places to grab breakfast (my fav is the Corned Beef Hash)
  • Next Door: I love to come here on a sunny day and enjoy a drink or two on the patio. It's set back away from the crowds a little and they have a great cocktail, beer, and wine menu. Their appetizers are delicious too!

The official address is 1701 Wynkoop Denver, CO 80202. If you use this address on your maps, it will lead you to the front door. From here, you can walk inside for the restaurants, shops, and seating areas.

The Amtrak picks up just behind Union Station. You can either walk through the building or around to find this train.

In addition, you will find maps that tell you where to get the local train or bus services in and around Denver. The historic building is only a small part of this bustling downtown attraction and transit center. 

Union STation Tours

Gorgeous detailing inside the Denver train station downtown

Union Station Denver was originally built in 1881, but burned down a few years later in 1894. The current building was finished in 1914 and was remodeled for its grand reopening with a new hotel, restaurants and shops in 2014.

The new interior is gorgeous with period details throughout and attention to detail. You can free to walk around and tour Union Station Denver on your own.

You can also learn more about it on a one-hour guided tour offered by the Crawford Hotel. It runs once or twice most days of the week. It runs more often during the busy summer months and throughout the holiday season.  

>> Visit the Crawford Hotel site to pick up your tickets and to learn more

Staying at The Crawford Hotel

One of the additions to the new Union Station Denver is The Crawford Hotel. This 4.5 star luxury beauty offers nice sized rooms in a central location that you can't beat. The picture above shows the doors to the rooms on the second and third levels.

Amenities include complimentary rides around town and bike rentals. Each room includes a flat screen TV and city views. They also have soundproofing, so you don't have to worry about listening to the noise downstairs all night long.

It's also just steps away from Coors Field and several downtown attractions, restaurants and the 16th Street Mall.

Parking for Union Station Denver

You will find several options nearby for parking for Union Station Denver. There is no parking onsite, but several a few blocks away. There is also parking on the street, but it can be difficult to find. Most are around $12 to $16 to park most of the day. The fees increase during special events including Colorado Rockies games to around $20 to $50.

Here are a few of the best options nearby:

  • 1515 Wynkoop Garage: Open 24 hours a day, accepts both credit cards and cash, self-parking and about a block and a half from of the main entrance
  • 1521 16th Street: Open 24 hours a day, outdoor parking lot, self-park, unattended, about two blocks away
  • 1615 18th St, Lodo Garage: Open 24 hours a day, indoor parking garage, about 2 blocks away
  • 1901 Wazee St: Open 24-hours, outdoor parking, about 2 blocks away

Amtrak Trains from Union Station Denver

The main Amtrak train that services Denver is the California Zephyr. This train runs east and west between San Francisco (Emeryville) and Chicago. The full route is several days long. Both the east bound and west bound trains stop in Denver once each day.

Make sure to arrive early to board the train. These times are the "scheduled" arrival and departure times each day. You will want to board at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Denver to Chicago: If you plan to take this train to Chicago, it leaves daily at 7:10 pm.

Chicago to Denver: The inbound train from Chicago stops at several locations in Iowa and Nebraska before arriving at Union Station Denver. It arrives daily at 7:15 am. 

Denver to San Francisco: If you plan to head west from Denver to western Colorado, Utah, Nevada or San Francisco, this train leaves daily at 8:05 am. It is scheduled to arrive from Chicago at 7:15 am and then head west a little after 8 am. 

San Francisco to DenverThe train heading east from San Francisco stops in several places in California, Nevada, Utah and western Colorado before arriving in Denver. It arrives at 6:38 pm. It stays here for about 30 minutes and departs at 7:10 pm on its way east to Chicago.

Note: The schedules above are estimates as the train is often delayed. This will give you an idea on when it's supposed to arrive and depart, but please confirm before buying your tickets and also on the day of your travel for the most updated information about your specific train trip to Denver.

Ski Train: In addition to these stops outlined above, Amtrak is running additional trains directly between Union Station Denver and Winter Park this winter. These trips are just on the weekend and it runs several times a day. They also provide service the first Friday of the month in January, February, and March.

This additional service starts in early January and runs through late March only. The service is around 2 hours each way. It will drop you at the base of Winter Park Resort.

Here is the current schedule (please confirm as these schedules can change based on weather and interest):

  • Leaves Denver: 7 am
  • Arrives in Winter Park: 9 am
  • Leaves Winter Park: 4:30 pm
  • Arrives in Denver: 6:40 pm

Other Trains & Public Transit from Union Station Denver

The Amtrak train used to be the main transit option to and from Union Station Denver. In recent years, the city has done a lot of work in this area and you will now find several local light rail, airport and commuter trains as well as short and long distance bus services from here.

Airport & Commuter Rail Trains

You will find two commuter trains that service Union Station Denver. You will find these three trains at the station directly behind the historic building at 1701 Wynkoop in the same location as the Amtrak train.

The two lines the pick up here are the A & B lines.

A to/from Denver International Airport (DIA): In the spring of 2017, Denver transit opened the A line between Union Station and the airport. It offers 6 stops and takes 37 minutes from DIA to downtown. The first trains leave downtown just after 3am and the last trains leave just after midnight with one train that leaves around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The first train leaves DIA at just after 4am and the last one leaves at around 1:30am. 

The trains leave from both stops about every 15 minutes throughout the day, every day of the week including holidays.

B to/from Westminster: The B line is a direct route with no stops between Westminster and Union Station. It runs daily starting at just after 5am and running until around 11pm at night.

Other Local and Commuter Trains

Three light rail trains make a stop at a second station near Union Station Denver. The three trains that stop here are the W, C, and E. Even though it's called the Union Station stop, you will pick up these trains two blocks away by Chestnut Pavilions at around Chestnut Place and 17th Street.

You can either walk above ground on the streets between the station and the historic building or you can walk in the underground terminal where the short and long range buses have stops.

Here are the train lines and a few details for some of the most popular train routes and stops.

W: The W is the main line between Denver and Jefferson County/Golden. This train will take you between Union Station and the Jefferson County Government Building. This train runs daily and starts at about 4am and runs until around 3am. It has 15 stops and is a great option for those trying to get from downtown Denver to the Pepsi Center or Mile High Stadium.

C: The C line heads south from downtown. It also stops at the Pepsi Center and Mile High Stadium. It has several stops between downtown and Littleton.

E: The final train from Union Station Denver is the E line. This one takes you all the way south to the Denver Tech Center. It's final stop is at the Lincoln Station just to the south of the DTC. It has 18 total stops and runs along the I-25 corridor. 

Buses

Above is a picture of the bus terminal for Union Station Denver. It's below ground and where you will find buses around The Mile High City, to Boulder, and other places. 

This new facility has 22 gates and services 18 bus lines. They have made it really easy to use with TV informational displays all around the terminal. In addition, you will find a couple of ticketing stations down here where you will buy your ticket before you board your bus.

The station is the size of three football fields and you can access it from the stairs or escalators behind the historic Union Station Denver, from the Wewatta Pavilion or the Chestnut Pavilion.

Around Denver: There are around 10 local buses that pick up here and drop off all around Denver and the surrounding communities.

To Boulder: The FF1, FF2, and FF6 buses will take you from this station to different locations in Boulder. Here are a few details for each route.

  • FF1: Runs between Boulder's downtown station and Union Station Denver. It runs daily from around 2am to midnight. The ride is about 45 minutes.
  • FF2: The FF2 runs a similar route with fewer stops and only runs during the week. It will only take about 30 minutes on this bus and it runs from around 5:30am to 7:30pm.
  • FF6: The FF6 is a limited bus line with just a few runs a day. It only runs during the week. It runs from Denver to Boulder in the morning and from Boulder to Denver at night. Its final stop is Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station.

Annual Events

Each year, Union Station Denver hosts a number of fun events. They include events for the holidays as well as free outdoor concerts on their plaza. Here are just a few of their largest events each year.

Derby Day After Party:  Celebrate the day after the Kentucky Derby at Union Station. Head over to Terminal Bar's outdoor patio garden for drink specials (including mint julips), prizes for the best dressed for the derby, live music, and fun.

Summer Concert Series: Each summer, Union Station Denver offers outdoor concerts in the Plaza Beer Garden. The concerts are the last Friday of the month and feature a local band as well as a beer from a local brewery.

Stars & Stripes Express Fest: Enjoy local craft beers and live music as you celebrate our Independence. Get details for this year's event on the July events calendar.

Oktoberfest: This annual event is in partnership with New Belgium Brewing Company. Stop by to enjoy a beer, listen to live music, and to watch the stein-holding competition. Visit the September calendar for details on this year's event.

Halloween Parade & Party: Halloween is another fun time at Union Station Denver. This annual event is a perfect stop for your little ghosts and goblins. It includes a fun parade with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating, and drink specials for the adults. Visit my Halloween page for more details.

Grand Illumination: See Union Station in red and green this Christmas season. The official Grand Illumination usually kicks off the weekend of Thanksgiving. It includes drinks, a chance to visit with Santa, and the main event -- the lighting of this gorgeous, historic building for the holidays. More details on my holiday lighting page.

New Year's Eve Countdown Party: Ring in the New Year at the Terminal Bar. Each year, they feature drink specials, live music, and fun! Find details on my New Year's Eve page.

Attractions Near Union Station Denver

Here are a few fun attractions and things to do near Union Station Denver.

Shopping on the 16th Street Mall: Our pedestrian mall, called the 16th Street Mall, is a mile-long shopping extravaganza. The northern end of the mall is just steps away from Union Station Denver.

Coors Field & Colorado Rockies Baseball: Coors Field is where our beloved Colorado Rockies play baseball. It's just under a half mile away. Find the Rockies schedule of games this year.

Tattered Cover Bookstore: One of the best bookstores in the US is just a block away on the corner of Wynkoop and 16th Streets. There is also a small Tattered Cover store within the building now too!

LoDo District: The LoDo (Lower Downtown) District is just steps away from this historic gem. Here will find some of the best nightlife and restaurants downtown. 

Museum of Contemporary Art: If you love art, then check out the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is less than 4 blocks away.

>> Find additional downtown attractions

Breweries Near Union Station Denver

You will also find a number of great breweries near Union Station Denver. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Wynkoop Brewing Company: One of the first breweries in Denver is just across the street. At the corner of Wynkoop and 18th Streets, you will find Wynkoop Brewing Company. You can sample their amazing craft beers and tour their facility. It's a great place to grab a meal too.

Denver ChopHouse & Brewery: The Denver ChopHouse and Brewery is just two blocks away. It's a high-end steak house that makes their own beer. Some of the beers you will find here include their Pilsner Lager, Dark Munich Lager, Dry Stout, and the Indian Brown Ale.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery: Another popular brewery near Union Station Denver is the Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. They only serve beer here (no food or cocktails) and they will not disappoint. The brewers here don't take themselves too seriously with beers with names such as This Beer Really Ties The Room Together and Resident Dirtbag. You will find it at 1139 South 20th, about a half mile away.

Great Divide Brewing Company: Another one of my favorites nearby is Great Divide. They are about a mile away and feature some of the best craft brews around. They serve up beer such as Yeti (Imperial Stout), Colette (Farmhouse Ale), and Claymore (Scotch Ale). They also have some tasty seasonal beers. They are located at 2201 Arapahoe.

RiNo District: Just on the other side of Broadway you will find the River North Art District. This area was renamed recently and is now home to dozens of breweries. You will find a large concentration on Walnut and Larimer Streets. Some of my favorites in this district include Stem Cidars, Epic Brewing Company and 10 Barrel Brewing Company.

Hotels Near Union Station Denver

You will also find dozens of great hotels nearby Union Station Denver. Here are just a few of my top picks.

  • The Oxford: Historic downtown hotel, 4-star beauty just a block away, 1600 17th Street
  • Kimpton Hotel Born: Modern hotel with mountain views, less than a block away, 1600 Wewatta
  • The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block: Fun, funky and modern hotel with downtown Denver views, about two blocks away, 1850 Wazee
  • The Westin Denver Downtown: 4-star hotel just a couple of blocks away and a 10-minute walk to Union Station Denver, larger hotel with both downtown and mountain views, 1672 Lawrence

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