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Salt Lake City International Airport [SLC] – Ultimate Terminal Guide

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Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) served 22 million passengers in 2021, with around 370 daily commercial departures. SLC is the fifth-biggest hub for Delta Air Lines, accounting for approximately 70% of the airport’s operations.

Only an hour’s drive from 10 major ski resorts, SLC is Utah’s gateway for many winter sports enthusiasts. It is also home to Temple Square, the most popular tourist attraction in Utah, which draws 3 to 5 million tourists annually.

Quick Info

Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Terminals: 1 main terminal and 2 concourses
Airport Address: 776 N. Terminal Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84122
Distance From Downtown Salt Lake City: Approximately 6 miles (10 km)
Website: slcairport.com
Phone Number: 800-595-2442
Passengers Served: 22.3 million
Daily Departures: 370
Destinations Served: 98 nonstop destinations
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed online

Airlines Operating From SLC

Concourse A

Concourse B

July 2023 SLC Airport
Image Credit: SLC Airport

SLC Airport Terminals

Salt Lake City International Airport Map 1
Salt Lake City International Airport map. Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City International Airport unveiled phase 1 of its major airport expansion project in the fall of 2020. The “New SLC” has seen the old 5 concourses replaced with 2 linear concourses that ease passenger congestion and allow for quicker connections.

The new main terminal is at the airport’s south end and is served by a new 4-lane road system for passenger pick-up/drop-off and ground transportation. A new parking garage is located across the roadway and is connected to the terminal via a pedestrian bridge.

Adjacent to the parking garage is the Gateway Center, with quick-service airline check-in desks and car rental services.

Main Terminal

The terminal has 3 levels: international arrivals on Level 1, security and baggage claim on Level 2, and check-in on Level 3. Once through security, you’ll arrive at The Plaza, where a good selection of restaurants and shops can be found, along with access to the Delta Sky Club on level 3.

Level 1 — International Arrivals

Salt Lake City Main Terminal International Arrivals
Salt Lake City International Airport main terminal international arrivals. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

International arrivals are on the lower level of the main terminal, with customs and immigration, baggage claim, and a security checkpoint for international arrivals connecting to onward flights.

Ground transportation is located outside the terminal, with rideshare pick-up areas, shuttle buses, and taxis.

Level 2 — Departures and Baggage Claim

Salt Lake City Main Terminal Departures and Baggage Claim
Salt Lake City International Airport main terminal departures and baggage claim. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Level 2 is connected to the Gateway Center and terminal parking lot via a pedestrian bridge with moving walkways. Baggage claim and a greeting room are on this level, as well as the consolidated security checkpoint for all concourses.

Level 3 — Check-In

Salt Lake City International Main Terminal Check In
Salt Lake City International Main Terminal Check-in. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Curbside drop-off is possible outside the terminal on level 3, and passengers will find airline check-in counters and self-serve kiosks inside. After checking in, passengers must take the escalator or lift to level 2 for the security checkpoint and other facilities.

Concourse A

Salt Lake City International Airport Concourse A
Salt Lake City International Airport Concourse A. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Concourse A is located west of The Plaza and is primarily used by Delta Air Lines. Apart from access to the underground tunnel to Concourse B, all gates and facilities are on 1 level.

Concourse A has 35 gates numbered A1 to 25, A27, A29, A31, A33, and A35. There are several shops and restaurants along the full length of the concourse and a Delta SkyClub. An additional area remains under construction.

Concourse B

Salt Lake City International Airport Concourse B
Salt Lake City International Airport Concourse B. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Concourse B is connected to Concourse A via an underground pedestrian tunnel between gates A13 and A15. All other airlines currently use Concourse B and its 23 gates numbered B1 to B22 and B24.

Moving walkways are positioned along most of the length of the concourse, along with a good selection of shops and restaurants.

Concourse Expansion

SLC expansion
Image Credit: SLC Airport

SLC is in Phase 2 of its expansion. Phase 2 includes the build-out of Concourse A to the east with 22 gates, which opened in May 2023. The remaining 17 are scheduled to open in October 2023. 

Phase 3 will see the opening of “The Central Tunnel,” which will connect the A and B concourses.

Inter-Terminal Transport

Walking

Salt Lake City International Airport Walking Times
Salt Lake City International Airport walking times. Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

Both concourses within the secure area are interlinked via an underground tunnel, so passengers do not have to exit and re-clear security for flight connections unless arriving on an international flight.

The image above shows the distances and average walking times between concourses. This displays the existing Concourses A and B and the future concourses once the development has been completed.

Security and Customs at SLC

SLC has 2 security checkpoints — the main checkpoint located on level 2 of the main terminal and 1 for international arrivals connecting to other flights. The main checkpoint is open 24/7.

Hot Tip:

According to our study, Salt Lake City International Airport had the best average TSA security wait time of 9.1 minutes. Couple this with our best ways to get through TSA; you’ll be on your journey in no time.

TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck lanes are available at the main security checkpoint from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There is currently no TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center at SLC. The closest is IdentoGO, 3667 W. 1987 S., Bldg. 6, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4904.

Global Entry

SLC has Global Entry kiosks for expedited clearance of pre-approved passengers.

Conditionally approved applicants may arrange an interview at the airport’s Enrollment Center, located at the west end of level 1, near the international arrivals area. The Enrollment Center is open daily from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and interviews must be arranged beforehand.

SLC also participates in Enrollment on Arrival, and conditionally approved applicants may opt to conduct their interview when arriving at SLC. Enrollment on Arrival is processed daily from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hot Tip:

Considering Global Entry? These are some practical, frequently asked questions about the program and our expert answers on what to expect from the program.

CLEAR Security Program

CLEAR lanes and enrollment are available daily at the main terminal security checkpoint from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SLC Airport Lounges

Passengers have access to only 1 lounge at SLC — the Delta Sky Club. Once you’ve cleared security, this is located on level 3 of The Plaza and is open daily from 4:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Access is possible with a Sky Club membership or for eligible premium cabin passengers, eligible frequent flyers, or credit cardholders.

Hot Tip:

Do you typically pay for day passes when flying from the airport? These are the best credit cards for lounge access.

Airport Dining and Drinks at SLC

Around 2 dozen restaurants and shops are open in the terminal and concourses.

Passengers can view a list of open shops and restaurants at SLC.

SLC Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport for all guests and passengers. Users can connect by selecting “SLCAirport.wifi” from the available connections.

Charging Stations: Free charging stations are available in baggage claim, The Plaza, and both concourses.

Hot Tip:

If you struggle with a Wi-Fi connection when traveling, check out the best mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

SLC Airport Lost and Found

Passengers who lose an item within the airport’s public areas or at security need to contact the lost and found office located at the west end of baggage claim on level 2. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alternatively, passengers may browse items on the airport’s lost and found online gallery or submit a claim. This can be helpful if SLC isn’t your home base. If you’ve forgotten an item and your claim is approved, you can arrange to have the item shipped to you.

For items lost onboard an aircraft, passengers must contact the relevant airline.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

SLC has an information desk in the baggage area on level 2.

Children’s Play Areas

SLC currently does not have a children’s play area, so SLC didn’t rank among the most kid-friendly airports in the U.S.

Baby Facilities

SLC has nursing rooms in almost every women’s restroom in the airport.

Pet Relief Areas

SLC has 3 pet relief areas located inside and outside of the secure areas:

  • At the west end outside the terminal on level 1
  • Concourse A, near gate A9
  • Concourse B, near gate B20

Unfortunately, SLC didn’t earn a spot in the best pet-friendly airports in the U.S.

Duty-Free

SLC has 1 duty-free store 1 located in Concourse A, near gate A23.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside terminals, at least 25 feet from the building.

Money

SLC has ATMs inside and outside the secure area:

Main Terminal:

  • Gateway Center x 2
  • International arrivals (level 1) x 2

Concourse A:

  • Near gate A25
  • Near gate A15

Concourse B:

  • Near gate B12
  • Near gate B16

Important SLC Phone Numbers

Airport Information: 800-595-2442

Paging: 801-575-2600 or “0” on a paging phone

Ground Transportation: 801-908-7204

Lost and Found: 801-575-2427

Parking: 801-575-2887

Travel To and From SLC Airport

Transport Options

TRAX Light Rail

Services operate to/from the temporary airport station, and passengers can ride the shuttle bus every 15 to 30 minutes from the level 1 ground transportation area to the station. SLC is on the green line, and passengers can reach the city center and suburbs of Salt Lake County.

UTA Buses

Bus route 453 runs between Salt Lake City and Tooele, and route 454 between Salt Lake City and Grantsville. Both services stop at the airport and offer a limited weekday service. Route 551 operates in the mornings from the airport to the International Center and from the International Center to the airport in the afternoon.

Buses run from the level 1 ground transportation area outside the main terminal.

Bus and light rail fares are $2.50 per one-way ticket.

Shuttles and Limousines

SLC recommends these shuttle providers that have booking facilities at the airport:

  • Alta Shuttle: 866-274-0225
  • Express Shuttle Canyon Transportation: 801-596-1600
  • Yellow Cab: 801-521-2100

Transportation can be arranged in advance or on arrival at the airport in the baggage claim area of the main terminal.

Taxis

Taxis operate from the airport but have attracted controversy over the lack of pricing regulation. Taxis are often not metered, and passengers have reported being charged exorbitant rates when not agreed upon at the journey’s start.

The airport states that maximum rates for specific zones are enforced ($25 for journeys within 500 East and $30 outside of 500 East), but some passengers have reported being charged these maximum limits for just a few miles. Outside of these zones, there is no regulation, so agree on the rate before you leave!

Ride Services

App-based ride services like Uber or Lyft can operate to/from SLC. Drivers may pick up passengers from the ground transportation area on level 1 outside the main terminal. Passengers may be dropped off on level 3 at check-in.

Driving to SLC

Arriving From Downtown Salt Lake City

Take 500 S/Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. until you reach a fork where you keep right for the I-80 E/I-80 W slip road to Cheyenne/Reno/S.L. International Airport. Continue onto I-80 W and take exit 115 B towards Salt Lake International Airport, where you’ll merge onto Terminal Drive.

SLC Airport Parking Information

Salt Lake City International Airport Parking
Salt Lake City International Airport parking. Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

Official Airport Parking

The parking garage is connected to the main terminal via pedestrian walkways from the Gateway Center. Different types of parking are available on various levels:

  • Premium reserved parking (level 2): $55 per day
  • Daily garage parking (levels 2 and 3): $35 per day
  • Hourly garage parking (levels 2 to 5): $5 per hour or $35 per day
  • Walking E lot: $5 per hour or $21 per day

Economy parking is located further away from the terminals, with a courtesy shuttle service operating to and from the parking lot. Daily parking costs $12, with the ability to reserve a space in advance for an additional $3 per day.

Hot Tip:

Electric charging points are located in all parking lots if you’ve got an electric car to charge up while you’re away. Dual ports are available in the economy parking lot and on every parking garage level.

Pick-Up or Drop-Off Parking

Salt Lake City International Airport Park and Wait Lot
Salt Lake City International Airport Park and Wait Lot. Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

Family and friends picking up passengers may use the Park and Wait Lot on Terminal Drive, southeast of the terminal. As an alternative to waiting for a phone call from the passenger, the lot has large screens that indicate when a flight is “ready for pick-up.”

Salt Lake City International Airport Pick up and drop off
Salt Lake City International Airport Pick up and drop off. Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

SLC has a split-level road for vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers. Departing passengers should be dropped on the elevated roadway to access level 3 check-in. Vehicles collecting arriving passengers should remain on the lower level roadway for curbside pick-up from level 1 arrivals.

Off-site and Hotel Parking

Long-term parking at SLC is reasonably priced, but you can get it cheaper if you’re prepared to park a little further away at an off-site parking lot.

Daily parking starts at just $5.75 when booking with a third-party site such as airportparkingreservations.com. Most external sites provide courtesy shuttle services to/from the airport, so you don’t need to worry about transportation.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

There are 135 parking bays in the parking garage opposite the terminal for those with disabilities, with a charge of $10 per day. Further parking is available in the economy parking lot, with bays next to every shuttle bus stop.

Passengers can contact 801-575-2887 for parking assistance.

Parking Contact Number

General Parking Inquiries: 800-468-6294

Car Rentals at SLC Airport

SLC’s rental car counters are in the Gateway Center opposite the main terminal. Passengers can access the Gateway Center by walking across the terminal’s pedestrian bridge from level 2. These rental car companies are based at the facility:

These off-airport rental agencies operate shuttle buses to and from SLC:

  • Ace: 801-977-9111
  • Advantage: 801-521-1761
  • Affordable: 801-288-2277
  • AVR Van Rental: 801-349-2826
  • Fox Rent-A-Car: 855-849-4209
  • Rugged Rental: 801-977-9111
  • Audi on demand: 801-214-1303

Hot Tip:

Check out these credit cards with car rental insurance to avoid paying expensive insurance through the rental agency.

SLC Airport Hotels

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City. Image Credit: Hyatt

SLC has no hotels on airport property, but the closest is only 1.5 miles away. Most hotels closest to the airport are 2- or 3-star, so if you’re looking for a little more luxury, you’ll need to venture into the city.

Nearly all hotels offer courtesy shuttle services to and from the airport, so even if you’re a little further away, you’ll still have easy access to the airport and could even book an accommodation and parking package.

SLC Airport Hotels — Sorted by Distance from SLC

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HotelAddress/Phone NumberStar Rating
Distance From Airport (Miles)
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport52 N. Tommy Thompson Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-363-1400
31.5
Airport Inn Hotel2333 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-539-0438
31.6
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport61 Tommy Thompson Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-895-2843
2$2
Courtyard Salt Lake City Airport4843 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-532-4085
31.7
La Quinta by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport4905 W. Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-366-4444
31.7
Residence Inn Salt Lake City Airport4883 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-532-4101
31.7
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport4955 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-532-6633
31.7
Comfort Suites Airport Salt Lake City171 2100 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-715-8688
21.8
Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City – Airport200 2100 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-741-1500
31.8
Holiday Inn Salt Lake City – Airport West5001 W. Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-741-1800
31.8
Homewood Suites By Hilton Salt Lake City Airport4923 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-433-4943
31.8
Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Airport2177 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-364-5800
31.8
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Airport5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-539-1515
41.9
Hilton Garden Inn – Salt Lake City Airport4975 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-519-9000
31.9
Motel 6 Salt Lake City West – Airport1990 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-364-1053
22
Comfort Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport202 N. Jimmy Doolittle Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-783-3165
32.2
Tru By Hilton Salt Lake City Airport206 N. Jimmy Doolittle Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-783-3170
32.2
Super 8 by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport223 N. Jimmy Doolittle Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-533-8878
22.2
Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites5433 W. Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-428-0900
32.3
Fairfield Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport230 N. Admiral Byrd Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-355-3331
32.3
Four Points by Sheraton Salt Lake City Airport200 N. Admiral Byrd Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-746-5200
32.3
Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport307 N. Admiral Byrd Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-530-0088
32.3
Quality Inn & Suites Airport West315 Admiral Byrd Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-539-5005
32.3
Clarion Inn5575 W. Amelia Earhart Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-537-7020
22.3
Econo Lodge Downtown Salt Lake City715 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-363-0062
23.8
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown / The Gateway55 N. 400 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-456-6300
34.2
Courtyard by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown345 W. 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
385-290-6500
34.4
Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City Downtown423 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-363-6700
34.4

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

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HotelAddress / Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From Airport (Miles)Nightly Point Cost
Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport307 N. Admiral Byrd Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-530-0088
32.3From 30,000 Hilton Honors points
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport52 N. Tommy Thompson Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-363-1400
31.5From 6,500 World of Hyatt points
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport4955 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-532-6633
3$2From 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

The Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport offers the best of both worlds: close access to the airport and easy access to attractions like Temple Square, museums, and the Hogle Zoo. Guests are just a few minutes from their airport via the 24-hour hotel shuttle and receive complimentary breakfast each morning. Hilton no longer publishes an award chart, but you can expect award nights to cost from 30,000 points per night.

The Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport is near the airport and 7 minutes west of downtown Salt Lake City. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk assistance, a business center with audiovisual equipment, a fitness center, elevators, a heated pool, meeting facilities, a spa and sauna, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The property is a Category 2 Hyatt hotel, meaning award nights start at just 6,500 points per night.

The SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport offers a free 24-hour shuttle to the airport and a complimentary breakfast — buffet or to-go. The hotel is also near several attractions and can be the perfect starting point for visits to Energy Solutions Arena, Gateway Plaza, Temple Square, and Salt Palace Convention Center. Award nights at the hotel start at 20,000 points per peak night.

Hot Tip:

If you want to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more Hilton HonorsMarriott Bonvoy, or World of Hyatt points.

Final Thoughts

Salt Lake City International Airport New Arrivals and Departures
Salt Lake City International Airport’s new terminal (rendering). Image Credit: Salt Lake City International Airport

Despite ongoing construction work since 2014, SLC has maintained strong on-time performance for departures, and the airport’s efficiency should only improve with the unveiling of its new facilities.

The new linear concourses will provide convenient access to passengers to connect inside the secure area and allow for expansion if a third concourse is required for future growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Salt Lake City International Airport open?

Salt Lake City International Airport is open with flight operations from its main terminal and 2 concourses. Further development work is in progress to expand the 2 new terminals with additional gates.

Can you sleep in Salt Lake City International Airport?

Passengers can sleep overnight at Salt Lake City International Airport, with armrest-free seating available in some areas of the airport. The security checkpoint is open 24 hours, so passengers with a valid boarding card can access the secure area to get some shut-eye.

How early should I get to Salt Lake City International Airport?

As with all major airports, arriving 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight is recommended. This allows check-in/bag drop time, time to clear security, and time to reach the departure gate.

How long does it take to get through security at Salt Lake City International Airport?

According to our report that analyzed airport security wait times, Salt Lake City International Airport took the top spot with an average wait time of just 9.1 minutes. This can depend on the time of day, so leave plenty of time.

Where does Salt Lake City fly direct to?

Salt Lake City International Airport operates flights to 90+ nonstop destinations and you can view a list of destinations from SLC on the airport’s website.

How much does it cost to park at the Salt Lake City International Airport?

Short-term parking is $5 per hour. Daily parking is $20 to $40 in the parking lot opposite the terminal or $10 per day in the economy parking lot.

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Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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