How to Get Around
Park City is a small town, a mere 35 miles from the Salt Lake City International airport. Depending on where you stay, you might want to avoid the hassles of driving and parking by skipping the rental car. Here’s some advice to help you plan your transportation.
If you stay Downtown or near the Deer Valley base, consider taking a shuttle to your hotel and going car-less. If you’re at Kimball Junction or in the Canyons Village area you’ll likely want a rental car. Certain hotels, as well as many high-end properties, and those located at Deer Valley, offer complimentary in-town shuttles. For the most part, hotel shuttles can get you where you need to go. But be careful to lower your expectations during peak-demand periods such as Christmas week, Presidents Weekend and Sundance Film Festival. Often, during busy times, hotel shuttles get stuck in traffic and turnaround times can be extreme.
It’s easy to take the bus around town. Buses in Park City are free, clean, and safe. And your seat-mate won’t make you feel like you need to go home and take a shower. If you elect a property in lower Deer Valley or Downtown, it’s generally easy to bus to and from Main Street and the grocery store. Visit the city transit site for maps and times.
Local Tip: For ultimate ease, download the Park City mobile bus app. Search the apple store for “avail technologies,” the app is called, “My Stop.” For android, check out www.parcitytransit.org. The app will show you where your bus is located, in real time. And the trip planning tool will help you figure out which buses present the fastest route.
There are many choices when it comes to private airport shuttles. We recommend planning ahead and arranging your airport transfer well in advance. If you wait until you arrive, you’ll likely sit at the airport for a bit.
Local Tip: For a reliable option, call Park City Transportation, a solid choice for private or shared-ride service. While the smaller mom and pop shuttle operators can be memorable, it’s tough to know what you’ll get in terms of service.
While taxi service exists in the Park City area, don’t expect to walk down the street and catch a cab. Even in the most popular area of town, Main Street, you’re not always likely to see an available taxi cruising down the street.
Local Tip: If you are looking for a cab from Main Street, try Swede Alley, the street directly east of Main. We like calling 435-649-TAXI, which is a true local favorite. Or try All Resort Express, which is large enough to have a dispatch center and you’ll always get someone on the phone.
There are a handful of rental car companies in Park City, Budget at the Shadow Ridge Hotel, Hertz at the Park City Marriott, Enterprise in the center of town. But the selection of cars at these locations will be slim. For ease, we recommend renting your car from the airport from any of the major brands. Once you arrive at your lodging, try the bus or the hotel-provided shuttle to avoid traffic and parking issues.
Uber has become very convenient and affordable in Park City. As locals, we typically use Uber to get to and from the airport, which runs a nominal $40-$50(ish) dollars per direction (unless surge pricing is in effect). It’s also great for short trips around town. No logistics are necessary to acquire and store the vehicle, watch the gas, or be responsible for possible damages like a rental car. Just dial up a ride. The network of drivers in the area is well-established.