Rent a car during your stay in Aurora to benefit from the freedom and flexibility it brings to explore everything on display in your own time. Aurora is plonked next to Denver city, whose center is only a 20-minute car ride away. Hikers and nature lovers can also seize the opportunity to venture out to the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, which is also only a 20 minutes’ drive to the north.
Denver International Airport is only 17 miles from Aurora’s center and features several onsite car rental agencies which serve visitors with cars in all shapes and sizes. Complimentary shuttles operate between Jeppesen Terminal and the car rental offices. They leave from and return to Level 5 at island 4. Bear in mind that tolls apply on the E-470, but drivers can get to Aurora via Peña Boulevard.
Driving in Aurora has a bad reputation with the city ranking as one of the worst cities to drive in, but that should not deter travelers, as good preparation and driving defensively are key aspects for a smooth experience during your stay. Part of the reason why driving in Aurora can be challenging comes down to the weather. With thunderstorms and tornadoes in the summer as well as sleet in the winter, roads can be treacherous, but by adapting speed and slowing down, drivers should face no major problems.
Aurora has a high population density and during rush hour the roads can face severe congestion. Avoid driving on weekdays from 7 to 9 am and from 5 to 8 pm to evade the worst traffic, and plan ample of time ahead before going to a destination (especially when going to a game or to the airport). In the winter, it is pivotal to check that the car is equipped with winter tires and to drive carefully – especially when headed into the mountains.
Book your rental car in Aurora at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about renting a car in Aurora
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Routes Car & Truck Rentals (C$ 214/day) and Ace (C$ 261/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Ace 6130 North Jackson Gap Way 80019 (15 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Aurora is Enterprise (8.3, 51 reviews).
The average gas price in Aurora is C$ 3.96 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 47 and C$ 63, depending on the car size.
Full-size (Chevrolet Malibu or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Aurora.
A Full-size car rental in Aurora costs C$ 58 per day, on average.
To brace for Aurora’s rough weather ranging from heavy rain showers, icy roads, and even tornadoes, a 4-wheel-drive car is a safe option for your stay. It will provide the traction for winding mountain roads and promises a smoother and safer driving experience in and around Aurora.
While only 20-25 mph is permitted for driving in the city and on winding mountain roads, up to 40 mph can be driven on open mountain highways. Regular rural highways permit even up to 55 mph. 65 mph is usually allowed on freeways, though there are some stretches that allow up to 75 mph. Especially in the winter, or when severe weather conditions prevail, it is essential to reduce your speed.
Expect to pay around $2 per gallon when getting gas in Aurora. The cheapest gas stations include Costco, Sam’s Club, and Safeway. Travelers who intend to leave Aurora’s city limits and explore the Rocky Mountain Reserve should definitely refill the tank beforehand, as gas stations become less and less frequent once you get out into the mountains.
Use metered on-street parking for short-term parking and garages or lots if you will need a little longer. On-street parking varies in time and price, so check the designated meter or kiosk. Parking lots and garages like the City of Aurora Iliff Parking Garage or East Colfax Avenue Parking have less time restrictions. Rates start at $3 per hour and are posted before driving into the lot or garage.