Getting Around: The Newbie Guide to Salt Lake City Public Transportation

Salt Lake City public transportation offers the public various convenient ways to get around.

But, it can be a little confusing for those new to the city. Read on to learn all you need to know about Salt Lake City public transit.


Salt Lake City public transit includes a light rail system called TRAX. It is an easy way to get to and from wherever you need to go in SLC.

These trains share the road with cars which means it’s convenient to find TRAX stops.

There are three color-coded TRAX lines: the blue line, red line, and green line. Each has different routes to get to certain parts of the city. See the TRAX map Salt Lake City to see which line you need to take.

You can pay for your TRAX fare at the vending machines located at the TRAX stations.

These machines take cash and major credit cards.

SLC Bus Routes

There are around 85 bus routes in Salt Lake County. Bus stops are conveniently located every few blocks.

You can see the route numbers that run along that route at each bus stop. The buses on the green signs run every 15 minutes. Those on blue, run every 30 minutes (or sometimes longer).

It’s a good idea to check bus schedules before you head out to avoid waiting a long time.

To buy bus fare, you can use a contactless credit card or pay on the bus. But you will need exact change if you want to pay with cash.

SLC Streetcars

The streetcars (called the S-Line) is part of the light rail system in Salt Lake City.

It connects the business district of the Sugar House neighborhood and South Salt Lake. You can also take a streetcar to connect to the TRAX.

Streetcars are a great way to explore more of SLC beyond the downtown core.

Fare Fees

There are several options for Salt Lake City public transit. A one-way fare costs $2.50.

If you need to transfer to another bus or a train, you don’t need to buy another ticket as long as you purchased your ticket within 2 hours.

For TRAX and streetcars, you can pay $5 for a roundtrip ticket. Though there’s no discount to buying a roundtrip ride, it does let you skip the lineup to buy a return ticket.

A day pass is an excellent option if you need to use Salt Lake public transportation multiple times during the day. For $6.25 you can ride the bus, TRAX, or streetcar an unlimited number of times.

Free Transportation

In SLC, there is a free fare zone that encompasses most of the downtown attractions. This is a great way to explore your new city when you move to Salt Lake City.

You can get on and off any local bus or TRAX without paying a cent when you are downtown. Check out the free fare zone map.

Also, if you buy a Ski Salt Lake super pass, you get free UTA ski bus transportation to and from the slope.

Final Thoughts on Salt Lake City Public Transportation

The Salt Lake City public transportation system is one of the best around. With the constant run times and accessible stops, taking public transit is easy.

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