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City Population600,158

Elevation5,280 ft.

Sales TaxColorado's statewide sales tax is 2.9 percent. Additional fees and taxes bring the total sales tax for the city and county of Denver to 8.31 percent. There also is a 14.75 percent city/county lodging tax, an 11.25 percent rental car tax and an 8 percent food and beverage tax.

Emergency911

Police (non-emergency)(720) 913-2000

Fire (non-emergency)(720) 913-1311

Time and Temperature(303) 337-2500

HospitalsDenver Health Medical Center, (303) 436-6000; St. Joseph Hospital, (303) 812-2000; Porter Adventist Hospital, (303) 778-1955; Rose Medical Center, (303) 320-2121.

Visitor Information VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau's Visitor Information Center 1575 California St. Denver, CO 80202. Phone:(303)892-1505 or (800)233-6837

Air Travel Denver International Airport (DEN) offers international flights and is in northeastern Denver. There is a flat fee of $56.03 for taxi service to downtown. In addition, both RTD SkyRide buses and RTD's light rail A Line provide transportation to and from the airport for $10.50 each way.

Rental CarsMost of the numerous car rental agencies serving the Denver area have facilities both downtown and at Denver International Airport. Hertz, (303) 342-3800 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., (303) 592-6712, serves Amtrak.

BusesDenver's bus terminal complex at 19th and Arapahoe streets houses Greyhound Lines Inc., (303) 293-6555. The Regional Transportation District's Denver-Broomfield-Boulder Bus Service, (303) 299-6000, offers downtown shuttles and local service from the Market Street Station at 16th and Blake.

TaxisCabs in Denver can be requested by phone or, less commonly, hailed on the street. Major companies are Freedom Cab Co., (303) 444-4444; Metro Taxi Co., (303) 333-3333; Union Taxi, (303) 922-2222; and Yellow Cab Co., (303) 777-7777. Taxis are metered, with basic charges that vary from company to company.

Public TransportationThe Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a fleet of buses in the metropolitan area. In general, buses run 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. One-way fare is $2.80. For information phone (303) 299-6000.

Free shuttle buses known as the 16th Street MallRide traverse the mile-long 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian promenade in downtown Denver. Buses run Mon.-Fri. 5 a.m.-1:21 a.m., Sat. 5:30 a.m.-1:21 a.m. and Sun. 6:30 a.m.-1:21 a.m.

RTD also operates 10 light rail lines including the A line, which travels between downtown’s Union Station and the Denver International Airport, with a stop at the University of Colorado. Other lines connect downtown with the suburbs of Arvada, Aurora, Golden, Littleton, Lone Tree and Westminster. Fares are charged according to zones. One-way fare is $2.80 for 1-2 zones; $5.08 for 3 zones; and $10.30 to the Airport fare zone.

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Travel Information

City Population

600,158

Elevation

5,280 ft.

Sales Tax

Colorado's statewide sales tax is 2.9 percent. Additional fees and taxes bring the total sales tax for the city and county of Denver to 8.31 percent. There also is a 14.75 percent city/county lodging tax, an 11.25 percent rental car tax and an 8 percent food and beverage tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(720) 913-2000

Fire (non-emergency)

(720) 913-1311

Time and Temperature

(303) 337-2500

Hospitals

Denver Health Medical Center, (303) 436-6000; St. Joseph Hospital, (303) 812-2000; Porter Adventist Hospital, (303) 778-1955; Rose Medical Center, (303) 320-2121.

Visitor Information

1575 California St. Denver, CO 80202. Phone:(303)892-1505 or (800)233-6837

Air Travel

Denver International Airport

Rental Cars

Most of the numerous car rental agencies serving the Denver area have facilities both downtown and at Denver International Airport. Hertz, (303) 342-3800 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., (303) 592-6712, serves Amtrak.

Buses

Denver's bus terminal complex at 19th and Arapahoe streets houses Greyhound Lines Inc., (303) 293-6555. The Regional Transportation District's Denver-Broomfield-Boulder Bus Service, (303) 299-6000, offers downtown shuttles and local service from the Market Street Station at 16th and Blake.

Taxis

Cabs in Denver can be requested by phone or, less commonly, hailed on the street. Major companies are Freedom Cab Co., (303) 444-4444; Metro Taxi Co., (303) 333-3333; Union Taxi, (303) 922-2222; and Yellow Cab Co., (303) 777-7777. Taxis are metered, with basic charges that vary from company to company.

Public Transportation

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a fleet of buses in the metropolitan area. In general, buses run 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. One-way fare is $2.80. For information phone (303) 299-6000.

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