FICS works with local hotels and hosts to offer discounted lodging to students. After the Dean of Student receives your registration, she will forward you an up-to-date list of discounted rates offered to FICS students. It is recommended that you reserve lodging as soon as your course is confirmed due to the number of events hosted in Boulder and its robust tourism.

For those wanting to be only steps away from the school, the Hotel Boulderado, a landmark hotel, is directly across the street.

For those wanting to steep both in history and the landscape of Boulder, Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark is a ten-minute car drive or thirty minutes walking and using the local bus.

For a rustic cabin experience and still walking distance (1.2 miles) to FICS, Foot of the Mountain Motel may be your choice.

And for those wanting to walk to a spa experience after a day at FICS, the staff at The Saint Julien Hotel and Spa would be happy to welcome you.


From Bouldercoloradousa.com:

Boulder Transportation

Arriving by Air

Denver International Airport is the closest major airport to Boulder and is located approximately 45 minutes east (depending on time of day and traffic). For detailed information about Denver International Airport, please visit www.flydenver.com/. Options for getting to and from the airport include:

Shuttle Services Green Ride Boulder will take guests directly to many of Boulder's hotels or other locations. Please see their website for rates and schedules.www.greenrideboulder.com/

RTD Bus RTD operates a bus from DIA to Boulder (Route AB) that makes several convenient stops in Boulder. Buses leave approximately every 60 minutes from the airport. The schedule can be found on RTD's website (select route AB). Tickets are paid directly to the driver upon boarding the bus (cash and exact change only). This is a more economical option, with one-way tickets costing $9. RTD has an information booth on the baggage claim level of the Main Terminal. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours. www.rtd-denver.com

Driving to Boulder from DIA Take Pena Boulevard and merge onto I-70 west. Take I-70 to I-270 west. Continue onto Highway 36, which will take you to the east side of Boulder. This route is easy, free of tolls and takes about an hour during non-peak traffic hours.


The driver must charge a flat rate of $84 PER TAXICAB. No other stops may be made along the way. The flat rate applies regardless of the number of passengers/parties that share a ride. No other charges may be added to this $84 flat rate for trips going TO DIA. No additional charges may be added if passengers/parties exit the taxicab at different airline terminals within DIA.

$84.00 FLAT RATE ADDITIONAL $4.15 GATE FEE ($88.15 TOTAL) for all trips originating at DIA


Driver must charge a flat rate of $67.00. No other stops may be made along the way. The flat rate applies regardless of the number of passengers/parties that share a ride. No additional charges may be added if passengers/parties exit the taxicab at different airline terminals within DIA. Lyft The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go. After the ride, simply pay through your phone. www.lyft.com/cities/denver

Uber Whether an early morning flight or late-night red-eye, ride Uber on-demand at Denver International Airport any hour of the day, every day of the year. www.uber.com/airports/den

Public Transit in Boulder

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus system services just about every corner of Boulder. The main downtown bus station, the Boulder Transit Center, is located at 14th and Walnut, with in-town routes serving Boulder and regional routes serving nearby destinations including Denver.

Boulder's Community Transit Network (CTN) also provides bus service for Boulder with the easy-to-ride HOP, HOP2, SKIP, JUMP, BOUND, DASH, STAMPEDE and BOLT routes. The HOP's circuit, in particular, is a very useful shuttle-like service for meeting attendees traveling from meetings sites to popular locations including downtown, the Twenty Ninth Street shopping area and the University of Colorado campus. The HOP arrives at clearly marked stops every 7-15 minutes, depending on season and time of day. For more information, visit the City of Boulder's website.

Drive Times

Mileage and estimated travel time from surrounding U.S. cities are as follows:


Total Distance

Total Estimated Time

Albuquerque, New Mexico

475.5 miles

8 hours, 43 minutes

Aspen, Colorado

184.6 miles

4 hours, 50 minutes

Cheyenne, Wyoming

91.2 miles

2 hours, 1 minute

Colorado Springs, Colorado

97.3 miles

1 hour, 51 minutes

Denver, Colorado (downtown)

28.4 miles

37 minutes

Estes Park, Colorado

36.6 miles

1 hour, 11 minutes

Fort Collins, Colorado

53.9 miles

1 hour, 20 minutes

Grand Junction, Colorado

269.5 miles

5 hours, 9 minutes

Greeley, Colorado

48.1 miles

1 hour, 26 minutes

Lincoln, Nebraska

503 miles

9 hours, 20 minutes

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

698.5 miles

12 hours, 46 minutes

Omaha, Nebraska

555.8 miles

10 hours, 11 minutes

Salt Lake City, Utah

523.6 miles

9 hours, 54 minutes

Santa Fe, New Mexico

419.8 miles

7 hours, 48 minutes

Vail, Colorado

123.4 miles

2 hours, 23 minutes

Parking in Boulder

Most parking in downtown Boulder is metered. We recommend downloading a phone app called ParkMobile to make it easier to pay for parking both on the street and in the many available lots. Parking close to the Institute can be metered or hourly, so read the parking signs carefully to avoid getting a ticket. Some zones are free by the hour. Click here to see a map of Boulder parking (FICS is located on the alley between Spruce and Pine just west of Broadway across from a public parking lot).