Trip Planner Tips

Trip Planner itineraries should be used as a guide for taking your trip aboard RTD transit. Service may be affected by traffic, construction or weather conditions. Since there are often multiple itineraries possible, we encourage you to check the options presented before starting your trip. Itinerary results display scheduled service only. Detours and other Rider Alerts are not reflected in the Trip Planner results. Please check Rider Alerts before starting your trip.

A new version of Trip Planner was launched on December 21, 2016 that is loaded with new features to make you’re your trip planning even more customized to meet your needs, including real-time bus locations and arrival times.

Entering start and end points

You may enter a location based on intersection, street address or landmark. The robust location entry field now includes more auto-fill options like geo-location, Denver area attractions and landmarks, all RTD stations and Park-n-Rides and bus stops and stop numbers

Address

Enter a numerical address and street name with or without city, state, or zip. An auto-fill suggestion will appear in the drop-down selection options.

Landmarks and Area Attractions

The location entry field now includes more auto-fill options like Denver area attractions and landmarks, as well as all RTD stations and Park-n-Rides and bus stops and stop numbers

Choose On Map

Navigate to your location on a map and choose that as your origin and/or destination.

Find Your Location

Let the Trip Planner find you with geo-location and choose that as your origin or destination. You may need to enable location services on your mobile device.

What's new with Open Trip Planner

The new trip planner maintains the same great features you love including a mobile-friendly display and route options for best trip, fewest transfers and less walking distance but provides some modern enhancements, including:

  • Real-time bus arrival predictions included with your trip results
  • Station gate locations to help you navigate our stations easier
  • A more robust location entry field with more auto-fill options including geo-location, Denver area attractions and landmarks, all RTD stations and Park-n-Rides and bus stops and stop numbers
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions
  • Options to see intermediate stops along your route
  • Multi-modal travel options including Walk + Transit, Bike + Transit, and Car + Park-n-Ride + Transit
  • A new trip planning algorithm developed to optimize trip results that will save you time with less waiting
  • Select your origin or destination directly on a map
  • Email your trip itinerary to yourself or a friend

Expanded travel preferences

Best trip
Use this option for quick trip planning. Results delivered will take into account how to get you from your origin to your destination with the least amount of waiting and transfers.

Fewest transfers
Use this option if you need to plan a trip with the least amount of transfers. Results delivered will take into account your origin and destination and plan your trip according to least amount of transfers, but results may not necessarily be the fastest trip.

Walk + Transit
Use this option when you plan on walking to your first transit stop and from your last destination transit stop. Start with the location or address of your origin.

Bike + Transit
Use this option when you plan on biking to your first transit stop and from your last destination transit stop. Start with the location or address of your origin.

Car + Park-n-Ride + Transit
Use this option when you plan on driving to a park-n-ride to start your transit trip. Start with the location or address from where you will be leaving to drive to the park-n-ride. For example, if you plan on driving from your house to a park-n-ride, start with your house address.

What real-time really means

Real-time utilizes an algorithm that compiles data including vehicle location, scheduled stop locations, scheduled arrival times, and environmental considerations like traffic delays and weather to predict more precise bus arrival times. With real-time driving the open trip planner you’ll spend less time waiting for your bus and worrying about missing a connecting route. The trip planner will not deliver a trip result that includes a late-running bus that would result in a missed connection.

New Features Up Close

New auto-fill feature that recognizes RTD stops, common locations & attractions

New trip planning parameters with multi-modal travel options

Real-time data indicated with green 'airwaves'

Additional help

If you are experiencing issues planning a trip, please call us at 303-299-6000.