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Getting Around Breckenridge: How To Use The Free Bus System

Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

One of the best parts of living or visiting Breckenridge and surrounding Summit County is how easy and cheap it is to get around all the areas.  Summit County’s public bus services provide a FREE ride to all the ski resorts, hotels, town centers, shopping centers, hospitals, many residential areas, and, our favorite, trailheads in the area.  Here are some tips for how to use the free buses.

Main Routes & Transit Centers

There are 11 main routes in the Breckenridge, AKA Summit County, area, and knowing these is helpful especially when you want to got to different nearby areas such as Keystone or Copper Mountain.

The busses are quite reliable and easy to memorize their timetable from each of the 3 main transit centers. Buses from those 3 transfer centers usually run every half hour (more on this below).

The main routes are quite simple but it’s easy to grab a bus map at most shops or restaurants in the area.

Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

Pick up one of these bus maps at a restaurant or shop around Summit County

Download the App

Download the app Summit Stage.  This app is awesome for helping you get around Summit County.  I love that it shows exactly where each bus is and all the drop-off and pick-up locations. If you are trying to get around the free bus in Breckenridge, also download the My Free Ride app.

Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

The Summit Stage app makes for easy management of bus routes and schedules

Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

Get around Breckenridge with ease by using the Free Ride busses

Bike Racks

We use the bus so that we can do point-to-point bike rides.  The bus only holds three bikes though and if you don’t get on at a transit center, then there’s often not a rack available.

Bike racks, Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

Commuting around the county is even simpler with bike racks

Frisco Transfer Center

From the Frisco transfer center, you can go directly to Silverthorne, Breckenridge, or Copper Mountain. From those towns, there are additional bus routes that can get you around within town.

The Frisco transit center is right behind across the street from Outer Range Brewery, which is in the same shopping center as Whole Foods and Epic Mountain Gear, making this a great ending point after a long day of adventuring.

If you want to get around by bike at your destination (such as biking around Breckenridge), it’s easiest to get on the bus at the transit center because if not, the bike racks are often full.  So if you are staying at the Peak One campground and have a bike, it’s worth the extra time to ride down to the transit center before hopping on the bus, even though there is a closer bus stop.

Frisco, Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

A bird’s eye view of Frisco from Peak 1

Frisco to Silverthorne Route

Departs from Frisco every:00 and:30 
Returns from Silverthorne every:15 and:45

Frisco to Breckenridge Route

Departs from Frisco every:00 and:30
Returns from Breckenridge every:15 and:45

Frisco to Copper Route

From the Frisco station, this bus stops at a few places in the town of Frisco before heading over to Copper mountain.  We use this bus for hiking Section 7 of the CT.  It’s also great for getting around from Whole Foods to main Street Frisco.  If you want to hike Mount Royal or North Ten Mile Creek, this bus will get you very close to the trailheads.  This is also a great way

Departs from Frisco every:30
Returns from Copper every:00

Frisco to Lake County (Leadville)

This bus takes you out to Leadville, with a stop at Copper Mountain on the way, but does cost a small fare.  Some stops require you to flag down the driver.

Breckenridge Transfer Center

From Breckenridge, you can go to Frisco, Blue River, Boreas Pass, and Silverthorne.  In the winter, there is also a free bus, the Swan Mountain Flyer, that takes you to Keystone and A-Basin. The transfer center is also where the free gondola will take you up to Breck Mountain.

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Breckenridge, Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

Fall views from Boreas Pass of Breckenridge and Peak 8 behind it

Breckenridge to Blue River Route

This commuter bus only runs 5 times a day in each direction, check here for current times.  This bus is an option if you were to hike or bike Boreas Pass, McCullough Gulch, or Quandary Peak.

Related Blog: How To Hike Quandary Peak

Breckenridge to Boreas Pass Route

This bus zig zags past the ice rink and through the residential areas up to Boreas pass. It takes 40 minutes for it to make its loop.  This is a great way to get to only downhill MTB Aspen Alley.

Departs from Breckenridge every:05 and:35

Related Blog: Best Mountain Biking In Breckenridge

The Swan Mountain Express: Breckenridge to Silverthorne via Summit Cove

This bus takes you over Swan Mountain, bypassing Frisco, and is the fastest way to get from Breckenridge to the high school, Summit Cove, or Silverthorne transfer center.  The only drawback is that it only runs four times a day in each direction.  Click here for current times.

Swan Mountain Flyer (Seasonal)

This bus gives you quick access to Keystone and A-Basin from Breckenridge but only runs in the winter beginning in November. This makes for super easy acces to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts when the season arrives.

Silverthorne Transit Center Routes

Besides the bus that takes you from Silverthorne to Breckenridge or Silverthorne to Frisco (see above), there are three other routes from the Silverthorne transfer station that can take you through to areas of Silverthorne.

Silverthorne, Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

Silverthorne’s greatest gem is beautiful Buffalo Mountain and the wonderland that lies behind it

Within Silverthorne Route

This takes you around the residential areas of Silverthorne.  You can use this to hike Ptarmigan Mountain from Dillon and end on Angler Mountain Trail.  If you do this the closest bus stop to walk to is Silverthorne Elementary school slightly north of the trailhead.

Departs from Silverthorne Transfer Station every:45

Wilderness Route

Wildernest is a huge residential area that sits above Silverthorne.  If you rent a condo up here, the bus system makes it very easy to get around without needing a car.  This is also an easy way to access the hiking from Buffalo Cabin trailhead and Lily Pad Lake trailhead which both have some amazing hikes.

Departs from Silverthorne Transfer Station every:15 (after making the Wildernest Loop and returning to the transfer center, this bus continues on to the Silverthorne town bus loop making it easy to get from Wilderness to another part of Silverthorne)

Silverthorne to Keystone via Dillon Route

This bus picks up and drops off right at Keystone Resort.  On the way, it goes through the shopping center of City Market, the liquor store, and REI, the houses behind City Market, and the residential area of Summit Cove.

Departs from Silverthorne every:15 and:45
Departs from River Run (Keystone Ski Area) back to Silverthorne every:55 and:25

Bonus! Use the bus for a Brewery Tour of Summit Co

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Getting Around Breckenridge: How to use the free bus system

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