RTD Rail

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RTD Rail consists of a light rail and electrified commuter rail systems serving Denver. The light rail part serves Downtown Denver, and areas south and west of downtown near or along major highway corridors, including the cities of Englewood, Lakewood, Littleton, Centennial, and Aurora. The commuter rail system serves Denver Union Station and areas north and east of downtown, including Denver International Airport

Train service

Station information:

Select station

The commuter rail system is consisted of 4 lines serving suburbs north of Downtown Denver. All commuter rail lines serve Denver Union Station

A Union Station - Airport
B Union Station - Westminster
G Union Station - Wheat Ridge
N Union Station - Eastlake

The light rail system is consisted of 7 lines serving suburbs south of Downtown Denver:

D 18th & California - Littleton-Mineral
E Union Station - RidgeGate Parkway
H 18th & California - Florida
L 30th & Downing - 18th & California
R Peoria - Lincoln
W Union Station - Jefferson County Government Center-Golden

RTD Rail uses proof of payment fare system. All riders must have a valid ticket or pass prior to boarding. Ticket machines are available at all stations.


How to take RTD Rail

Plan your trip

Select a station through the map above for access and parking information on individual stations.

Riding the RTD Rail

Before you board the RTD Rail, you need to buy a ticket or pass from a RTD Light Rail ticket machine located at every station. At some stations, machines are located on one of the two platforms only. At elevated or underground stations, ticket machines are located at the station entrances.

Paper transfer from the bus is also accepted on the RTD Rail.

The RTD Rail system has multiple fare zones and fares are charged according to the number of zones traveled. When buying one way ticket or day pass, select the destination and fares will be calculated automatically. Quick ticket option is available for trips to Downtown Denver. A one way ticket is good for the next 90 minutes to travel on the rail. Riders with 10-ride ticket book or free ride coupon should validate the ticket at a validator at the rail station.

On the platform, board the train that goes to your station. The headsign on the vehicle will show the line letter and destination, and the same information will be announced when the train is at the station.

On the train, announcements will be made for the next station.



Bicycles can be taken aboard the RTD rail at all hours on all cars with no additional fare.

To ride on the light rail with a bike:

  • Board the train through the rear door of the first car, or the front and rear doors of the 2nd and 3rd car, as indicated by the bike boarding markings on the platform by the yellow warning tiles. Only to bikes per marking.
  • Stand with the bike by the door area against the operator cab.

Bikes are not permitted in the front portion of the front car where it is reserved for people with disabilities.

To ride on the commuter rail with a bike:

  • Each vehicle has two multipurpose storage areas. Each area can hold two bikes (4 total per rail car).

Selected rail stations offers bicycle racks and/or lockers. Some locations also offer B-cycle bike sharing service.

Disabled access

On the light rail, passengers needing level boarding access (wheelchairs, walker, and baby strollers) should wait on top of the wheelchair ramp located on every platform, where it matches the front end of the trains.

On the commuter rail, all stations offer level boarding access to all rail cars.