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Utah Travel

Getting to & around Utah

Getting Here

Utah’s capital city, Salt Lake City, has multiple flight options. Many Australians choose to use Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Houston, Texas, as their gateway into the United States. Salt Lake City International Airport has daily nonstop flights with all these cities on multiple airlines including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Hawaiian airlines and more.

International air partners of Utah to make these connections include Air New Zealand, Hawaiian, Virgin Australia, United, American, Qantas & Delta.

Learn more about getting to Utah

Airline Websites

Getting Around

At nearly 85,000 square miles, Utah is the 13th largest state in the USA, the best way to explore the state is by hire car or motorhome. However, there are a number of public transport and private shuttle and transfer options.

Road Conditions

Dial 511 to reach the Traffic and Transportation Hotline or 866-511-8824. More information at the Utah Department of Transporation or see the National Weather Service for Utah.

Car and motorhome rentals

Car rental agencies are based at both Salt Lake International Airport and McCarran International Airport, with smaller depots in downtown Salt Lake City and in larger cities across the state. Motorhome hire is also available in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Most rental agencies have a minimum age requirement of 25 years old, although some will hire cars to under 25s for a surcharge. When hiring a vehicle you will need to present a valid driver’s license from your home country, or a valid international driving permit (IDP).

If you plan any off-road or backroad adventures, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. You should also check your hire agreement before venturing onto a gravel or unpaved road.

Tour Operators

View a list of in market tour operators recommended for Australian travelers

Driving Regulations

All drivers must have a valid driving license and must be 16 years of age or older to operate a vehicle in Utah.  All drivers and passengers in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt and children from birth through four years of age must be properly restrained in an approved car seat. Text messaging is outlawed for all Utah drivers. Drivers who talk on a cell phone, and who participate in "careless driving" as a result may receive a moving violation.

Utah's Interstate I-15 near Salt Lake City has an HOV lane, and any vehicle driving in that lane must have two or more passengers total.

The Utah freeway speed limit is 75 or 80 miles per hour (120 km) in rural areas, and 65 or 70 miles per hour (104 km) in urban areas, unless otherwise posted and drivers must obey the posted speed limit.

Please note that most car rental agencies have a minimum age requirement of 25 years old.

Learn more about Utah driving laws

Driving distances

Utah is a large state and perfect for road trips. It takes time to travel between major locations. Take advantage of the many scenic byways to enjoy the local scenery, small towns and off the beaten track attractions. Review cities and expected distances.

Accessibility

For information on accessibility in Utah for those with disabilities, visit our Accessibility page.

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