Friday, January 5, 2018

SLIG Travel to and from the Hilton City Center

You are almost here!  You have your lodging, your air, now – how to get to the Hilton from the airport?

Unless otherwise noted, all ground transportation companies are located in the baggage claim areas of both terminals. In addition, companies providing transportation are available outside Door #7 in Terminal One and Door #11 in Terminal Two.

Two shuttle services serve the SLC airport and downtown hotels.

·       Express Shuttle Utah will accept reservations online, by phone, or after arrival at the airport.
  • It is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance online or by calling 801-596-1600; notice is required if traveling with more than two pieces of luggage.
  • You may also arrange transportation at the Express Shuttle desk after claiming your bags; wait time is generally less than twenty minutes.
  • Cost for the shared-ride service is $10.00 per passenger each way, available from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm; transportation outside those hours may be available at additional cost.
Super Shuttle accepts online reservations only.  Shared-ride service is also $10.00 per passenger each way. 

·      Traveling with a group? Each of the shuttle services listed above also provide private vans and group shuttle services upon request. Additionally,

Harroon Transportation provides shuttle transportation for groups of five or more for $55 per trip between the hours of 5:00 am and 8:00 pm. Arrangements may be made by calling (855) 316-6888 from the airport once bags have been claimed. Note: this is a change from prior years – they are no longer a Hilton contracted provider for individual transportation. 

Go Airport Shuttle is locally owned and operated, has an easy online reservation format, and the owner can be contacted. Each of the driver's have submitted to a background check.  They offer stretch limos and shared ride vans.

Light Rail

TRAX, a local commuter rail system, is a popular and efficient means of getting to and from the airport. 
  • The TRAX/light rail Green Line leaves the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays between 5:42 am and 11:27 and every 20 minutes on weekends between 6:31 a.m. to 11:11 p.m.
  • One-way fare for adults and student/youth is $2.50 per person, seniors $1.25; ticket machines and boarding are inside on the far south end of Terminal 1.
  • Easy boarding: suitcases with wheels roll right on.
  • The Gallivan station is closest to the Hilton (two stops after the Temple Square station). From that stop, it is a little less than a two-block walk (to the corner, west one block, and north to the Hilton). There is a shortcut through the parking terrace in the middle of the block, but not as easy to navigate with luggage, and of course, you have to know where it is... Alternately, it is a three-block walk slightly downhill from the Temple Square station.
Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)
Lyft and Uber are legally operating in Salt Lake City and at the airport. Designated pick up areas at the airport are indicated by curbside signs, and are located in the middle traffic lanes outside of baggage claim at both terminals. 
  • Both companies have 24/7 availability. 
  • A ride should be requested through the designated company's app with the address of your destination.  
  • Fares will range from $12-16. There is a potential for "surge pricing" during peak times on Uber; waiting for about 15 minutes may return the fare costs to normal. 
  • Fares are automatically calculated and charged to the payment method you've linked to your account. Rides and costs may be shared if both parties have an app.
A December 2017 blog compares prices and services between LYFT and UBER here

According to Salt Lake City International Airport's website, "Maximum rate from Airport to within 500 East is $25." Only a few taxis are now allowed at the airport; others are texted to come to the terminal when needed, so it is possible that in peak times, there may be a wait.

UTA Paratransit Service
Public transportation for prequalified passengers with disabilities is provided by UTA's Paratransit program. Fares are $4.00 one way. To make arrangements, contact UTA at (801) 287-7433 and visit the UTA Paratransit Services page for more information.

See you soon for all the SLIG fun!

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