The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has been in operation since 1983, and is owned by Pitkin County and the City of Aspen. RFTA provides commuter bus service from Aspen to Rifle, inner city service in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, ski shuttle service to the four Aspen Skiing Company ski areas, and a variety of other seasonal services. In 1996, RFTA was named the "Best Mass Transit System of North America" by Mass Transit Magazine.
Getting From Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to Aspen and Snowmass
General Bus Schedule
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provides bus service from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to Snowmass and Aspen as well as all points in the Roaring Fork Valley. To find how to connect to Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Rifle, and Glenwood Springs check the Valley Service page.
Airport to Aspen
The bus stop for Aspen is directly in front of the airport on Highway 82 and the trip is free. The first bus to Aspen departs the bus stop directly in front of the airport at 6:01 am. After the 6:01 am there are buses all day at :01 and :31 after each hour through 5:01 pm. Starting at 5:01 buses depart at :01, :15, :31, :45 after each hour until 1:01 am. After the 1:01 am bus there are buses at 1:31 am, 2:01 am, and 2:45 am. All buses have stops through Aspen and terminate at the Rubey Park Transportation Center one block from the Silver Queen Gondola in the heart of Aspen. This bus service is free.
Airport to Snowmass
The bus stop for Snowmass is on the opposite side of Highway 82 from the airport (there is a traffic light) and is FREE. The first bus to Snowmass departs the bus stop at 6:23 am. After 6:23 am, buses depart every 30 minutes at :23 and :53 after the hour until 4:53 pm. Beginning at 4:53 pm buses will begin departing every fifteen minutes, at :08, :23, :38, and :53 after each hour through 12:53 am. After the 12:53 am bus there are buses at 1:23 am, 1:53 am, 2:23 am, and 2:38 am
See the RFTA website as given above for up-to-date scheduling and destinations.