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Flying to Salt Lake City

There are no direct flights from the UK to Salt Lake City. Indirect options include flights with United, British Airways (in partnership with American Airlines), and Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic (all in partnership with Delta). Airlines flying from destinations within the USA include Alaska Airways, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and United. Cheap flights to Salt Lake City are available in the spring and autumn, outside the peak summer and winter travel periods.

Flight times

From London - 13 hours (including stopover); New York - 5 hours; Los Angeles - 2 hours; Toronto - 6 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 18 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Driving in Salt Lake City is on the right. The legal driving age in Utah is 16 years.

Speed limits are generally 65-80mph (88-129kph) on highways and 30mph (48kph) in towns, but can vary and the signs should be checked. A full national driving licence is adequate, and basic insurance is mandatory.

The American Automobile Association (tel: +1 800 222 1134; provides further information.

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).


Not without good reason is Salt Lake City known as ‘the crossroads of the west’, lying as it does at the intersection between two of America’s major highways. These are: Interstate 15 (I-15), which runs south through Las Vegas to the outskirts of Los Angeles and north through Idaho and Montana to the Canadian border, and Interstate 80 (I-80), which runs east-west between San Francisco and New York.

Locally the I-80 connects downtown Salt Lake City with the airport, and the I-215 takes a loop through the suburbs around the western flank of the city.

Inside the city, traffic flows freely thanks to a simple grid layout. Road names are numbered with a north, south, east, or west designation, with the grid originating at the southeast corner of Temple Square.


The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates an extensive bus system in and around Salt Lake City extending out to the entire Wasatch Front. Bus routes are also connected to the stations along the TRAX light rail system, and during the winter, there is also a service from the city to local ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains.

Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; operates intercity coaches from the city’s Intermodal Transport Hub at 300 South 600 West. 

Time to city

From Las Vegas - 6 hours; Denver - 8 hours; San Francisco - 10 hours; Los Angeles - 10 hours; San Diego - 11 hours; Ogden - 40 minutes; Provo - 45 minutes.

Travel by Rail


Salt Lake City's Amtrak station is at 340 South 600 West. Amtrak runs a comfortable rail service to Salt Lake City, though services tend to be slow and are often subject to delays.


Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; is the USA's national rail operator.

Amtrak provides one service daily in each direction on the California Zephyr Line. This 3,924km (2,438-mile) route running from Chicago, Illinois in the east to Emeryville, California in the west, while passing through the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, is one of the most scenic in the USA.

The Utah Transit Authority (tel: +1 801 743 3882; commuter rail line runs from Salt Lake City to Pleasantville, north of Ogden. There is also a connecting service to the airport.

Journey times

From Reno - 10 hours; Denver - 15 hours; Chicago - 34 hours.

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Featured Hotels


Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown

This is one of the biggest hotels in Salt Lake City, offering 510 well-equipped rooms and suites, arranged over 16 floors right in the centre of town, and just a few steps away from Temple Square and Symphony Hall. All the reassuring comforts expected of this global chain can be found here, including a decent on-site restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, and internet access.

The Anniversary Inn

Popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway, this is a themed room hotel designed to fulfil an array of fantasies. Options include sleeping in a sultan's palace, an Egyptian chamber, or hunkering down in a covered wagon. The inn was once the old Salt Lake jail and every suite is now luxuriously equipped with themed spa baths and down duvets - there may even be a room that’s themed to look like the old jail. A romantic continental breakfast delivered to your room is included.

The Grand America Hotel

Built in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Grand America Hotel offers 775 rooms, including four presidential penthouse suites. All rooms have balconies and views of the city skyline or exotic fountain courtyard, internet and 24-hour room service. The plush hotel is filled with antiques, and there's a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant lobby lounge and bar. It’s also within walking distance to all downtown attractions.

Hotel Monaco

This expansive property offers some of the most stylish accommodation among the category of boutique hotels in Salt Lake City. Seductive guest rooms and suites set in a meticulously refurbished landmark 14-story building are filled with dazzling décor flourishes, featuring bold geometrics that appear to be an extraordinary cross between art deco and Native American tribal. The establishment has an upbeat feel and staff are attentive and will able to arrange most facets of your stay.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

This is another classic high-rise hotel in the popular Downtown district offering reasonably priced contemporary accommodations. The hotel recently underwent a full-scale renovation and now provides modern, clean guestrooms feature luxury bedding, entertainment centers, high-speed Internet access and great views of either the city or the Wasatch Mountains. Additional hotel comforts include an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, a popular lounge and the High Rock Steakhouse.

Royal Garden Inn

A classic American-style motel set out over two floors around a central swimming pool, open seasonally, and terrace. The downtown location is just four blocks from Salt Palace Convention Centre, a complementary continental breakfast is served daily, and airport transportation and hotel parking are provided free.