If you are visiting Utah for the first time or thinking about making the state your permanent home, you’ll want to find the best ways to explore the state or discover the best options for commuting. Utah is always expanding both public transportation and main thoroughfares as the state continues to grow.
Utah has seen explosive growth over the past several decades and has gone from a state with limited transportation to a state with robust road systems and public transportation.
I-15 & I-80
Utah’s main thoroughfare includes I-15 and I-80. Interstate 15 enters the state from the north through Davis county and runs through the Salt Lake Valley leaving the state at the southwest corner. Interstate 80 comes in from the west through Tooele County and makes its way to the Salt Lake City International Airport. It briefly merges with I-15 before splitting off again and passing through Summit County, then leaving the state through the northeast corner. It is one of the most traveled sections of road in Utah.
I-215 Belt Route
The Belt Route, or Interstate 215 is primarily a corridor for suburban commuting. It forms a loop around many Salt Lake neighborhoods providing easy access from east to west. It runs from the northwestern part of the state in Davis County, weaves its way south toward Taylorsville and eventually loops around where it ends at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon.
As the Salt Lake Valley has expanded west, state route 154, or Bangerter Highway, has continued to expand and is the main expressway serving the west side of the valley’s commuter traffic. It begins in Draper at the intersection of I-15 and Bangerter Highway, then runs through the communities of Bluffdale and Riverton until it turns north and ultimately ends at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Utah has an ever expanding public transportation system and is primarily operated by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).
Utah has a convenient high-speed transportation option for people commuting from Ogden to Provo…or the other way around. There are limited stops along the way, but it’s an excellent option for many commuting a greater distance. Weekday service begins at 4:30 am with the last stop just after midnight. On Saturday, you can take FrontRunner beginning at 6 am with the last stop just after 2 am. There is no service on Sunday.
Another option for commuting or getting around is Utah’s light-rail TRAX system. It provides access from all over the valley to the airport and downtown. There are 3 TRAX lines available and the downtown area allows transfer options for all TRAX lines.
- Red Line: Service from the University of Utah to downtown, then south to 6400 S and west to the community of Daybreak.
- Blue Line: Service begins downtown and runs through the valley to the city of Draper.
- Green Line: Service runs from the Salt Lake International Airport to downtown then extends out west to West Valley City.
Service on TRAX lines runs 5:30 am to 11:30 pm Monday through Friday with a more limited schedule on the weekends.
Salt Lake City’s Free Fare Zone
Transportation around downtown Salt Lake City is easy and free throughout the Free Fare Zone. You can ride free when you enter or exit a fixed route bus, paratransit vehicle, or TRAX train within the boundaries of the zone. It makes it easy to enjoy shopping, restaurants, and more while downtown.
If you need to travel or commute somewhere TRAX or FrontRunner doesn’t service, Utah’s bus system may be the answer. Busses connects to many of the rail lines and routes extending across Salt Lake Valley, Ogden, Utah County, and up to Brigham City. There is even a route connecting to Park City’s transit system. If you are a skier, you can take advantage of UTA’s ski bus access up Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude ski resorts.
Park City’s Free Trolley and Shuttle
Park City’s Main Street is a popular destination for visitors. The best way to travel up and down Main Street is on Park City’s free Trolley. It’s the perfect addition to an already charming experience.
Need to travel around more than Main Street in Park City? Park City’s free transit system is the best way to get around town. You’ll have easy access to the historic district and recreational areas as well as Kimball Junction. Enjoy all the charms of Park City without worrying about finding parking. The bus system also takes you to Park City’s Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, or the Olympic Park. It’s truly the best way to save time, energy, and money.
Salt Lake City International Airport Transportation
The main airport in Utah is the Salt Lake City International Airport. The newly renovated airport provides travelers extensive options for getting to where they are going after they arrive. The TRAX line runs into downtown Salt Lake, or there is a shuttle service available as well. There are also rental car services, hotel transportation, and cab services.
Provo Municipal Airport Transportation
Provo airport is a smaller airport but still an important gateway between many western cities. You’ll find airport shuttles to nearby hotels and there is a bus stop conveniently located if you are looking for public transportation. There are also taxi services and shared ride services available for travelers or commuters.
No matter where you live or where you need to go in Utah, there are plenty of transportation options with more expansion happening every year.