Salt Lake City International Airport Guide

TripSavvy / Brianna Gilmartin

Salt Lake City International Airport is a major airport located in Salt Lake City that serves more than 26 million passengers each year via two terminals, five concourses, and 71 gates. While the airport is large enough to oversee about 370 domestic and international departures every day, it’s usually not too busy and it's easy to get around. As the airport is just six miles from downtown Salt Lake City (right off of I-80), it's easy to get to as well. Unless the weather gets very severe, SLC still moves flights along; in fact, it has won awards for its ability to remove snow and get planes de-iced.

Major work is taking place throughout 2020 as the city is building a new airport right next to the existing one. The first phase is slated to open in September 2020 and phase two will open in 2024. Depending on when you fly, it’s worth checking the airport’s website for any updates.

Salt Lake City International Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

Know Before You Go

Salt Lake City International Airport is a neatly organized airport that’s large enough to handle major airlines, but not so large that it’s a problem to navigate. Although there are two terminals and five concourses, you don't need to catch a shuttle or train to get between any of them.

Expect the usual lines at ticket counters, kiosks, and security lines, but in general you should be fine arriving one-and-a-half to two hours ahead of your scheduled flight. You’ll likely have time to spare to look around at shops, grab a bite to eat, or kick back at your gate.

SLC is a Delta hub, so a great majority of the arriving and departing flights are served by Delta. However, 10 total airlines serve this airport: AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, SkyWest, Southwest, and United. 

The drop-off area is outside Terminals 1 and 2 in the right lane, while the pick-up area is in the far left lane. For those coming into the city and hailing an Uber or Lyft, you will need to cross a street to get to the pick-up area; numbered sections make it easy for your ride to find you. If you need a rental car, there’s a bevy of car rental companies in the lower level of the parking garage.

Salt Lake City International Airport

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Salt Lake City International Airport Parking

Salt Lake City Airport has plenty of parking. Short-term parking is adjacent to the terminals and convenient for both pick up and drop off. If you need to park long term, you’ll find long-term parking to the south and west of the terminals. You will need a shuttle to get to and from those areas; free shuttles run every five minutes.

Rates vary by where you park. Premium reserved parking on the first level of the garage is $55 for 24 hours, while garage parking on levels 2 and 3 is $35 for 24 hours. Hourly parking on the first level of the garage is $2 for the first 30 minutes, and $1 for every 20 minutes after that. Long-term economy parking is available for $10 a day; passengers will need to take a shuttle to get to and from the lot. There are also 41 spaces for those with disabilities. These spaces have extra-wide stalls and cost $10 for 24 hours.

Driving Directions

Getting to and from Salt Lake City International Airport is relatively straight forward. The airport is located about 15 minutes from downtown (just off I-80 exit 115B), and is also easy to get to from other parts of town. You may find some traffic during peak times or rush hour, but traffic is rarely extreme. You can also reach the airport from Bangerter Highway. The speed limit is lowered once you’re on the approach to the airport; take note that police officers can and do pull people over for going over the speed limit.

Public Transportation and Taxis

You can get to SLC via public transportation pretty easily. The TRAX light rail green line stops at the south end of Terminal 1 every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. Trains operate from 5:42 a.m. to 11:27 p.m. on weekdays, and 6:31 a.m. to 11:11 p.m. on weekends.

You can also catch UTA buses from outside the UTA Welcome Center at the south end of Terminal 1, and also outside of Terminal 2 near baggage claim 8. UTA routes 453 and 454 both provide limited service on weekdays. There’s no bus service to the airport on weekends.

Shuttles, limos, and taxis are available outside of baggage claim, at door 7 in Terminal 1 and door 11 in Terminal 2. Uber and Lyft are both able to operate at the airport; the pick-up areas are marked by signs in the middle traffic lanes outside of baggage claim for both terminals.

Where to Eat and Drink

Salt Lake City International Airport has a pleasant array of places to eat, from sit-down restaurants to places where you can grab a quick bite. Café Rio in the Terminal 2 food court is a tasty fast casual spot; the freshly made tortillas are delicious, as is the creamy tomatillo dressing. The Gordon Biersch Brewery (Terminal 1) and Squatters Airport Pub (Concourse C) are go-to spots for food and beer, while Vino Volo (Concourse E) is great for wine. Look to Starbucks (Terminal 2 and Concourse E) or Pinkberry cupcakes (Concourse C) to treat your sweet tooth. If you want an easily portable meal for the plane, Fresh Market (Terminal 1) and Cat Gora’s Gourmet Market (Concourse F) are both good options.

You can find dietary restriction information right on the airport’s website, including which restaurants serve gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.

How to Spend Your Layover

Salt Lake City International Airport is only six miles from downtown Salt Lake City, meaning that you can conceivably leave the airport during a longer layover. Catch TRAX outside Terminal 1 and take that right downtown for your layover adventure. While you're in the city, you can visit Temple Square and take a free tour, go shopping, visit the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art or Clark Planetarium, or go out to eat at any number of restaurants.

If you’d rather stay at the airport, there are plenty of stores to explore—including Brookstone, Salt Lake Duty Free, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory—as well as massages and mini spa treatments at XpresSpa (Concourse F).

WiFi and Charging Stations

To access the airport's free WiFi, open your network connections, select SLCAirport.wifi, and agree to the terms in a browser window. Charging stations and outlets are available throughout the airport, though you might find many of them taken if your gate is crowded.

Salt Lake City International Airport Tips & Facts

  • SLC ranks well for on-time departures and arrivals.
  • You can get to 10 major ski resorts within an hour’s drive, and to several national parks within a couple hours.
  • The airport has an art collection that includes 113 pieces by Utah artists. You can check out the collection in passenger connectors, at the top of Concourse F, or along Concourse G. Look for “Art Tour” signs where you can learn more about each piece.
  • You can enjoy some pretty beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains while you're in the airport. Head to the windows on the east side of SLC for a glimpse.