Traveling to Salt Lake City

Salt Lake International Airport

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. for on-time departures and is highly ranked for on-time arrivals and fewest flight cancellations. It is only minutes from the University of Utah.

Visiting Salt Lake

Things to do in Salt Lake

Things to do in Utah

Salt Lake lies in a mountain valley with the Wasatch Mountains to the east and north. The Oquirrh (pronounced"oaker") Mountains border the western edge of the valley. Salt Lake's official elevation is 4,330 feet/1,320 meters above sea level. The city is situated on land once covered by the prehistoric Lake Bonneville. This ancient lake existing within portions of Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, with an elevation rising from 4,200 feet to 5,200 feet (1,280 meters to 1,585 meters) at some points. The eastern and northern portions of the city are located on a series of terraces, or former beaches, which are known locally as "the benches."

  • Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and uses Daylight Savings Time
  • City Elevation: 4,330 feet; 1,320 meters
  • Nearby Mountains: (Snowbird based) 8,100 feet; 2,469 meters


skyline testing

Ground Transportation

Express shuttle provides ride-share service from Salt Lake International Airport to The University Guest House. Express Shuttle has space at the Ground Transportation Desk located in the baggage claim of both terminals in the Salt Lake International Airport. Look for the sign that says "Express Shuttle". Arrival and Departure shuttle reservations can be made online by clicking below or calling their reservation line. Please make your reservation at least 16 hours in advance of arrival. 

Express Shuttle Reservation or call Toll-free (in US) Phone Reservations: 1-800-397-0773

Uber and Lyft are available in Salt Lake City.

Adjusting to Higher Altitude in Utah

Adjusting from a low-altitude locale to the higher altitude of Salt Lake City (4,000+ feet/1,000+ meters) may cause some visitors to exhibit some mildly uncomfortable symptoms like these:

  • headaches
  • dehydration
  • body aches
  • ("flu"-like symptoms in the muscles and joints)

How can you adjust comfortably to the higher altitude and avoid or diminish these kinds of symptoms?

Drink plenty of water! Utah's water - right from the faucet- is clean, pure, healthy, and delightful. You'll enjoy drinking LOTS of Utah water! Keeping your body hydrated is very important because high altitudes can dehydrate your system. This can be futher complicated in arid regions like Utah. AND "jet-let" can make matters worse!

If possible, on the first day you arrive, REST - and avoid strenuous exercise - to give your body time to adjust. Small and frequest meals of protein and complex carbohydrates can help keep symptoms to a minimum. Drink water BEFORE you feel thirsty!

At higher altitude, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates like sugar. Instead drink plenty of water. You should also avoid heavy meals and smoking. Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and simple carbohydrates affect your body's ability to metabolize, and can bring more symptoms or make them worse. Remember, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can remain in your system for some time and should be avoided for 48 hours before traveling to a higher altitude.