Getting Around Salt Lake City

Utah has a safe and reliable system of public transport known as the UTA. It is also easy to hail taxis in the street in most neighborhoods. Maps and trip planners are available from RideUTA or through Google Maps.  Fares can be purchased online via Buy a Pass Online, at your nearest Pass Sales Outlet, the Ticket Vending Machines or the Electronic Fare Collection system located at TRAX and FrontRunner stations. 

Arrive Utah via airplane, train or bus with no plans on how to get around? Certainly you can rent a car. But there may be options to get around using public transportation, particularly along the populous and vibrant Wasatch Front. Utah's capital city, Salt Lake, and nearby and Salt Lake City International Airport are at the heart of the Wasatch Front. Both are connected with convenient light rail.  From there, you have a few options. 

UTA Buses

You must have exact change for bus service if you do not purchase an advance pass; bus cash fares are collected in fare boxes located at the front of each bus.

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) serves the Wasatch Front with regular bus, light rail and commuter rail schedules.  

UTA Ski Buses serve Powder Mountain and Snowbasin near Ogden, all four Salt Lake resorts, Sundance and Park City-area resorts via the PC-SLC Connect. Park City and Summit County offer free public transportation.

FRONTRUNNER Commuter Rail & Amtrak

Front-Runner commuter rail links Salt Lake to both Ogden in the north and Provo in the south, while TRAX light rail serves Salt Lake County including Salt Lake International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City in just 20 minutes. 

A network of Greyhound serves Utah and Amtrak's California Zephyr cuts across the state serving several Utah stops along the route from Chicago to San Francisco.

TRAX Light Rail

TRAX also serves the University of Utah, Energy Solutions Arena (home of the Utah Jazz), Temple Square and Rio Tinto Stadium (home of Real Salt Lake).

Station Fort Douglas is the closet one by the Guest House.

You can use this following interactive map tool.  Click HERE to view our campus map.  Click on "Map Features" to enable your point of interest.

Airport & Shuttle:

The Salt Lake City Airport is the only commercial airport on the Wasatch Front and is one of the busiest and most efficient airports in the nation. It ranks first in the U.S. as far as on-time departures and arrivals – and fewest flight cancellations. It is also only minutes from the University of Utah.

To Reach the Guest House from the Airport:

The Salt Lake City Trax Light Rail services the airport and the Guest House.  The one way fair is $2.50. Take the Green Line to the Court House Station and Transfer to the Red Line to University.

Taxi and shuttle services are available at the Ground Transportation desk at either terminal.

You may also contact these services with questions:           

  • City Cab: (801) 363-5550 or (801) 363-8400
  • Yellow Cab: (801) 521-2100
  • Uber : Uber can pick up from the SLC Airport 

Where to Stay: University Guest House

The University Guest House is located on Salt Lake City's east bench and 10 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and in the Historic Fort Douglas section of the University of Utah Campus. It is just south of the Health Science Campus and directly east of the 2002 Olympic Legacy Bridge. It is adjacent to the Fort Douglas stop on the Trax Line.