In Utah, there are various ways of getting here and getting around. During your journey to Utah, you’ll see mountain grandeurs, panoramic vistas, friendly people and clean cities. Your choices for adventure are endless as are your transportation options. You’ll be able to travel to virtually anywhere leading from downtown to the four corners of Utah.
Utah is located in the western United States. Northern Utah is generally considered a part of the Rocky Mountain states. Climate and landscape make southern Utah more closely aligned with the southwestern U.S. Learn about the history of transportation in Utah.
Getting Here: Utah is accessible from cities across the United States via Salt Lake City International Airport. The airport is located five miles northwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The airfield consists of three air carrier runways and a general aviation runway. There are two terminals, five concourses (A-E) and 70 aircraft gates. Continental, Delta, and Southwest airlines operate reservation centers headquartered at the airport. For more information contact a travel agent, or call the Salt Lake International Airport. 801-575-2400.
Getting Around: Regional airlines connect Salt Lake City with other communities in the state. Regular scheduled flights link to Vernal, Moab, St. George, and Cedar City. St. George is also served by flights from Los Angeles (LAX) while Cedar City has flights from Phoenix. The cost per mile of these short stops is high, but you’ll often have excellent views.
Getting Here: The Greyhound Bus Lines offer frequent service to Utah on its transcontinental routes along I-15 and to Denver along U.S.-40. Greyhound features special deals on bus passes and one-way “anywhere” tickets. Outside the U.S., residents may purchase a Greyhound Ameripass at additional discounts. Contact: 800-231-2222.
Getting Around: Greyhound Bus Lines access several Utah cities and towns. In northern Utah, buses make regular stops in Provo, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Brigham and Logan. In eastern Utah, Greyhound runs to Vernal and Price. Heading to southwestern Utah on I-15, the bus line makes stops in Beaver, Parowan, Cedar City and St. George.
The Utah Transit Authority has service to northern Utah’s major cities from Provo north to Ogden, including extensive coverage in the Salt Lake Valley. In winter, Park City and other Salt Lake City ski areas are accessible via a number of ski-bus operations, some of which pickup at the airport. Contact 801-287-4636
Getting Here: A light rail system designed for commuter travel is a great way to quickly access area attractions. This 15 mile line runs from 10000 south in Sandy, a southern suburb of Salt Lake City, to the Delta Center, home of the Utah Jazz basketball team in downtown Salt Lake City. Contact: 801-287-4636.
Getting Around: This north/south Transit Express has regular passenger service from 5:30am-midnight, Monday through Saturday. TRAX vehicles will stop at each station every 10 minutes (or less) during peak commuting times, and every 15 to 30 minutes during off-peak times. Each TRAX vehicle holds 150 people, has wheelchair accessibility and allows bicycles.
Getting Here: Amtrak runs two luxury train lines across Utah – both stop in Salt Lake City. The California Zephyr runs between Oakland and Chicago. Special fares and round-trip tickets often make train travel a good value. For more information and reservations, see a travel agent or call Amtrak. Travel agents outside the United States sell a USA Railpass. Contact: 800-872-7245
Getting Around: In addition to its daily stops in Salt Lake City, Amtrak has service to Provo, Helper, and Green River as they are on the California Zehyr line. Trains run daily along the line.
Exploring Utah by Car.
Getting Here: Public transportation serves cities and some towns, but serves very few scenic, historic, and recreational areas. Most people choose private vehicles as the most convenient and economical way to get around. Cars are easily rented in any large town. Four-wheel-drive vehicles can be rented, too, and will be very handy if you plan extensive travel on backroads. Click here for Utah driving laws.
Interstate-15 slices through Utah, north to south, from Idaho to Arizona. Interstate-80 crosses the northern part of the state from Wyoming, running west into Nevada. Interstate-84 runs northwest toward Idaho from Echo Junction near the Wyoming border. US-6 / US-191 is the major route through the eastern and southeastern portions of the state. Interstate-70 runs west from Colorado to a junction with I-15 in central Utah. US-666 enters Utah’s southeastern corner from southern Colorado and joins US-191.
For the convenience of visitors traveling the state by vehicle, Utah has five gateway Welcome Centers. They are located just off freeway exits at key entry points to the state and provide free travel information, rest rooms, and pay phones.
I-15 south bound near Brigham City (Northern UT) 435-744-5567
I-15 north bound near St. George (Southwestern UT) 435-673-4542
I-70 west bound near Thompson Springs (Southeastern UT) 285-2234
I-80 west bound near Echo Junction (Northern UT) 435-336-2588
US-40 in Jensen near Vernal in (Northeastern UT) 435-789-4002