Rental Car, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City International Airport
Rent a Car Most of the actual points of interests are spread out and some are even out of the city. You will definately need a car here.
The easiest way to get to Park City is to fly into Salt Lake City and rent a car or take a shuttle from the airport. Shuttles run at almost any hour of the day and cost about 25 dollars.
To get around town, if you don't have a rental car, there are taxi vans that can be called. They can take you anywhere in and around town for 2-5 dollars.
Transportation in Utah and the whole of the US West is done best with a rental vehicle. The relatively cheap gas and freedom of access to otherwise very inaccessible places turns a rental car into great investment. Of course, there are the “ins and outs” of this business and how much one should pay is all dependent on company, timing and luck. Still, the specific conditions of Utah in general or Salt Lake City in particular add an interesting twist to the equation. Example of how things might go in a rental office at the airport follows without any further due. On arrival at the desk, late at night, the customer is bombarded with too-good-to-be-true options. “The gas price at the nearest station is so much but we would sell it to you for much less if you agree to sign here!” Hmmm, no thanks! “Alright, we realize that you have ordered a cheap sedan but we have no vehicle of this size left so what about an SUV for 10USD extra a day?” Hmmm, nay, yea, nay! “OK, here are the keys, please go to the garage to pick up”. At the new location an agent confronts the future driver again with more unbelievable stuff. “We see that you declined our gas offer. What a great move!?! If you take an SUV you will be able to return the vehicle with an empty tank!” No. “What about a minivan?” Boy, these fellas are really desperate to get rid of their hulks. So the gist of the whole hubbub is that nobody seems to drive “normal” cars in this area hence the companies do not carry them. Except when the order is placed on-line, they do not mention this handicap maybe to avoid being accused of selling only expensive rental cars. The moral of the story is: never to book SUV even if it is the preferred option since one gets it for much less anyway and never to accept the vehicle’s gas tank refilled at check out since one can drive back the vehicle on empty and not be charged as part of the deal.