Getting to Utah
Utah’s capital city, Salt Lake City has multiple flight options from the UK & Ireland into Salt Lake International Airport. Delta Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City three times a week between April to October. Additional airlines serving Salt Lake City with just one transfer en-route include British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines and Aer Lingus.
Southern Utah is also easily accessed via McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. There are direct non-stop flights with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways daily to Las Vegas from London. Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines also fly directly to Las Vegas from Manchester.
Passengers flying from or via Dublin or Shannon will benefit from US Preclearance allowing US bound passengers to clear US immigration prior to departure.
Getting Around Utah
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.
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.
All drivers must have a valid driving license to operate a vehicle in Utah. Everyone in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt and children from birth to four years of age must be properly restrained in an approved car seat. Texting while driving is outlawed in Utah, and drivers who talk on their mobile phone, or are deemed to be driving carelessly may be fined.
If you hear or see an ambulance or fire engine with its lights and/or siren on, you must pull over to the right and stop straight away. You are not required to stop for police cars but you should move over to let them pass.
The Utah freeway speed limit is 75 or 80 miles per hour in rural areas, and 65 or 70 miles per hour in urban areas, unless otherwise posted. Utah's Interstate I-15 near Salt Lake City has an HOV lane which means any vehicle driving in that lane must have two or more passengers.
A full and complete stop is required at all stop signs. Right turns are allowed on a red light after the vehicle has come to a complete stop, except where signs prohibit.
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.
For information on accessibility in Utah for those with disabilities, visit our Accessibility page.