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Why rent a car in Salt Lake City ?

Salt Lake City is sandwiched between mountains and the great salt lake and manages to combine the beauty of both. Utah’s capital city is the headquarters of the Mormon church – the Latter-Day Saints – and around half the 1.2 million people in Salt Lake City follow the faith. It’s also a very liberal city, with a large LGBT+ community, and has some superb craft beers. Whether you plan on hiking the mountains used in the 2002 Winter Olympics or heading out onto the lake, hiring a carin Salt Lake City will help you make the most of Utah’s best.

How to get to and around Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City International Airport has arrivals from several international destinations including the UK and Europe, and is one of the most efficient in the US with the fewest cancellations in the country. The airport is just four miles from downtown SLC and it takes less than 10 minutes on the I-80W highway to reach the centre. There are lots of rental car companies with counters in the arrivals lounge, so it’s simple to collect your car before travelling on to your destination, whether that’s SLC or elsewhere in Utah.

Hiring a car in Salt Lake City city centre

Many car hire companies operate around South Temple Street near the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City, making it easy to find an option to suit any budget. If you want to hire a rental car here then drop it off at the airport or another hub then you have the choice of several major brands.

What brands are available?

Whether you’re selecting a vehicle at the international airport or downtown Salt Lake City, there are lots of recognised brands to choose from. Rental car companies include Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, Alamo and Thrifty. Airport counters run from around 7am to 1am, while in central Salt Lake City business hours are 7.30am to 6pm, or until 4pm on weekends.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Salt Lake City

You can get closer to the beautiful scenery of the Wasatch mountains in Murray, a relaxed town on the edge of the mountain range. It’s 12 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City and just 15 minutes away on the I-15N.

Also south of SLC is West Jordan, a former copper mining town that is one of the fast-growing parts of Utah. The Oquirrh Mountains to the east and the Jordan river make for a picturesque setting, and it’s just 14 miles south of Salt Lake City off the I-15N.

Another major centre in Utah is West Valley City. It’s the state’s second largest city, and like the rest of the state has a strong resonance for Mormons due to its settlers’ history. The city is growing and is halfway through a major redevelopment, which you can see if you head along the UT-201E just 11 miles to the west of Salt Lake City.

Tips and tricks for driving in Utah

Salt Lake City may have 1.2 million people living there, but the town has a relaxed atmosphere with little traffic stress to worry about. Highway speed limits are 65mph to 70mph in most areas, but slower in town centres. Turning right on a red light is allowed, if the car has come to a complete stop. You’ll find some superb scenic driving routes around the state of Utah, crossing five national parks, canyons and mountain drives.

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FAQs for car hire in Salt Lake City

What’s the best price car rental in Salt Lake City?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £108 in Salt Lake City.

What’s the average car rental price in Salt Lake City?

On average, car rentals in Salt Lake City are £113.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Salt Lake City?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Salt Lake City?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.