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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Grand Junction to Denver. Traveling by train from Grand Junction to Denver usually takes around 8 hours and 15 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance196 mi (315 km)
Fastest train8h 15m
Lowest price€70.21
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Grand Junction to Denver

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Maya

14 August 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The views were so worth the price, even as a broke college student. Also one problem did arise where i felt uncomfortable with another passenger, and as a 19 year old woman traveling alone i was absolutely terrified, the staff was super sensible and understanding...

Pros: The views were so worth the price, even as a broke college student. Also one problem did arise where i felt uncomfortable with another passenger, and as a 19 year old woman traveling alone i was absolutely terrified, the staff was super sensible and understanding and put in effort to make me feel safe again which made a huge impact on my trip. Cons: being more accurate with timing is the only thing i can think of. Tips: Enjoy the trip and the views!! and bring snacks!!!

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4.0

Tiffany

22 January 2022- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The views, and cozy experience. Cons: Food not just in the dinner cart, and available to everyone. Tips: Bring food.

Pros: The views, and cozy experience. Cons: Food not just in the dinner cart, and available to everyone. Tips: Bring food.

4.0

Douglas

30 September 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: inexpensive travel. Cons: Speed. Tips: plan on long day.

Pros: inexpensive travel. Cons: Speed. Tips: plan on long day.

5.0

Lora

14 December 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: I liked how we could walk around. Cons: Nothing much.

Pros: I liked how we could walk around. Cons: Nothing much.

5.0

Andrew

20 September 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Beautiful scenery. Cons: Need more dining cars, many unable to eat in dining car. Restrooms in upper coach. Very difficult for elderly to get down to use restrooms. Tips: Take something to eat and drink.

Pros: Beautiful scenery. Cons: Need more dining cars, many unable to eat in dining car. Restrooms in upper coach. Very difficult for elderly to get down to use restrooms. Tips: Take something to eat and drink.

What is the price of a train ticket from Grand Junction to Denver?

In the last month, €70.21 was the average price of a train ticket from Grand Junction to Denver. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €36.11 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€105€70€35OctOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Grand Junction to Denver will vary between €70 and €93. Planning a train trip to Denver within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Grand Junction over the next 7 days is €70. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Grand Junction to Denver by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €55 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Grand Junction to Denver in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €90 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Denver from Grand Junction will be about €36.11 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Grand Junction to Denver?

Amtrak California Zephyr is the one and only train line which connects Grand Junction to Denver. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak California Zephyr18h 15m€82.05
  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Grand Junction to Denver during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Grand Junction to Denver?

The distance between Grand Junction and Denver is approximately 196 miles, or 315 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 15 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Grand Junction to Denver tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Grand Junction at 10:00 and arrives in Denver around 8 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Grand Junction to Denver?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Denver with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Denver to Grand Junction.

City Information

Grand Junction

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Grand Junction is a popular wine destination about four hours west of Denver and close to Colorado's border with Utah. The area is home to over 30 wineries with award-winning red wines and breathtaking views. While any vineyard or winery is worth the tour, consider booking a room to stay a while in the Chateau at Two Rivers Winery.

The Colorado River and the red rock formations around Grand Junction make the area ideal for exploring the outdoors. Take in the incredible plateau and canyon vistas at the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, easily one of the best destinations in Colorado. Spot wild horses on the trail to the Mount Garfield summit, or spend a serene day fishing at James M. Robb State Park.

Grand Junction Airport has direct flights to a handful of western cities, but taking the train is more convenient for connections to further destinations. The Amtrak California Zephyr stops in Grand Junction on its route from Chicago to Emeryville, with additional stops in Denver and Salt Lake City. Jefferson Lines buses also stop in the city, heading to destinations across the midwest.

Denver

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Denver, CO - DEN-1

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Denver is the capital of Colorado, as well as the most populous city in the state. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Denver is considered one of the most exemplary cities of the Old West era in the United States.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it a preferred destination for young travelers seeking the thrill of the slopes during the day and the vibrant nightlife activities only an urban setting can provide. In fact, Denver is among the biggest party cities in the U.S. and one of the craft beer capitals in the country. In addition, thanks to the diverse local crowd, Denver’s restaurant scene offers top-notch options from various world cuisines.

If you’re looking for a more quiet time during your stay, head to one of the many unique museums in town such as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, or the Molly Brown House Museum. Craving a feast to the eyes and some fresh air? Check out the spectacular Denver Botanic Gardens.

As the biggest city in the Mountain states and a top Colorado destination, Denver is a busy travel hub. Even though the Denver airport is on the city’s outskirts, it is still easily accessible. If you are traveling to Denver by bus or train, you’ll be conveniently dropped off at Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver from where you can easily get anywhere in the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Grand Junction?

Main departure station: 339 S 1st St

There is one train station in Grand Junction.

All train stations in Grand Junction:

  • 339 S 1st St

Where is the train station in Denver?

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Main arrival station: Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881, and houses some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. There is even a seasonal farmers market at the station! But first and foremost, Union Station is the primary transport hub for Denver. The station is served by Amtrak trains, and intercity buses operated by Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Express Arrow. From Union Station, travelers can also easily access Denver International Airport on the A Line commuter rail.

Train stations in Denver:

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

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