The toll road E-470 runs north of Denver and links the Denver International Airport with communities north of Denver, the I-25, and subsequently Boulder, CO.
The following information is important for all visitors to the Denver area who will rent a car and made plans for driving the E-470 toll-road.
The problem with the toll road is that the privately held company who has leased the E-470 has stopped accepting cash at the toll booths since July 2009. People driving their own car can either puchase a yearly subscription or opt in for a license plate toll which means that their license plate is photographed and the registered owner of the car gets automatically an invoice sent. So far, so good, but what do visitors with a rental car do?
Best advice would be to avoid the E-470 completely because it is so expensive! Rental car companies charge tremendous amounts of money if you drive E-470. Please check following E-470 official website to get information about how the toll can be paid and the rental car companies’ policies.
Also make sure to get up-to-date information at your rental station. If a visitor is not aware of the fact that one cannot pay cash at toll booths a single ride may cost easily 30 dollars or even more with certain rental car companies!
It is the most visitor-unfriendly toll road we have ever heard of and one of the most expensive ones (per mile). Besides, rental car companies take advantage of the fact that drivers cannot pay cash at the booths.
Before the toll road owner decided to shut down the cash payment option the road cost already 6$ from the airport to the I-25 junction and more if you drove the entire stretch to Boulder.
Read also the following article in the Denver Post regarding the E-470 toll road.