Information & Facts
Salt Lake City enjoys four distinct seasons, but temperatures
are never too extreme to be uncomfortable. Summers are warm, dry
and sunny with low humidity. Fall is pleasantly mild and cool.
Winter daytime temperatures are seldom below freezing, and powdery
snow sprinkles the surrounding mountains. Winter nights, though,
can be very cold. Skiing can continue well into spring, although in
the valley conditions are milder.
The Utah Transit Authority provides extensive public transport
coverage in Salt Lake City by means of a light rail system called
TRAX, and an excellent bus service. One-day passes are available
for use on both TRAX and the city buses, and there is an extensive
fare-free area for both forms of transport downtown around Temple
Square. During the winter a ski bus connects the city to nearby ski
resorts. There is no public transport service on New Year's Day,
Thanksgiving or Christmas. Metered taxis are freely available
throughout the city and can be hailed on the street or ordered by
telephone. Self-driving in Salt Lake City is fairly straightforward
as the city is designed on a grid system with wide streets and a
freeway system connecting the suburbs and surrounding areas.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.