Avg travel time
The earliest bus from Denver leaves Union Station Bus Concourse, Colorado, at around 9:35 am, while the last bus leaves at around 12:15 pm. The drop-off point when you reach Salt Lake City is Central Station. When traveling the opposite route, the first bus leaves the Central Station in Salt Lake City at around 7:20 am, while the last bus leaves at around 7:45 pm. Therefore, irrespective of your departure time, your bus will drop you off approximately ten and a half hours later at Union Station- Bus Concourse Denver. The Bus Station in Denver operates from around 6:30 am to around 8:30 pm every day. The Salt Lake Intermodal Transit Center has a slightly different schedule, running from around 6:00 to 9:00 am then from around 5:00 pm to 12:30 am daily. The hours of operation are, however, subject to changes. So it is essential to call the respective stations to verify the available hours to adjust your travel arrangements.
Different buses also have restrictions on the type of luggage passengers can carry. Generally, you can come along with your hand luggage or suitcases without incurring any extra costs. However, some buses will charge you when the luggage is too bulky, while some may not carry overweight luggage at all. So, we recommend that you check with your provider before deciding what to take. What to bring or leave behind may also differ depending on your trip. For example, it may not be logical to have heavy luggage if you intend to make stopovers along the journey.
The number of buses on this route can vary depending on the day of the week and the bus company you are using. On an average day, there are up to four buses. Some of these buses have layovers, while some run the direct route. Some providers like Greyhound only make a single daily trip from Denver to Salt Lake City and vice versa. They also have different standards, so it would be nice to compare and select a bus that meets your choice and preferences.
The over eight hours from Denver to Salt Lake City might seem a long ride by bus but it is worth it if you love nature and scenic views. Whether you want to see the beauty of the Mormon Capitol or witness the incredible scenery, this is quite an epic adventure. The best experience comes when your bus follows the I-70 route as it meanders through the Rockies. Roosevelt National Forest and Arapaho to the right as the bus approaches the White River National Forest and Vail Resort ushers in some grand views. The I-70 snakes down to the Palisade vineyard in the later stages and passes through Grand Junction into Utah. You will then take US-6 soon after passing Helper at the intersection that connects to I-15. The road then leads you right into Salt Lake City. On your ride from Denver to Salt Lake City are: the Hanging Lake, the Grand Mesa, Provo Canyon, Wasatch mountain range, Steamboat Springs, and Fish Creek Falls.
The equipment and luxury in the buses plying this route vary depending on the company. Typically, passengers get to enjoy free Wi-Fi in most intercity buses. Some buses also have other amenities like air conditioning to provide proper ventilation and comfort to customers as they make the long journey.
The quickest bus available from Denver will take 10h 29m to arrive in Salt Lake City.
While Salt Lake City is 370.0 mi from Denver Intl, the distance by bus is longer and depends on the route taken. In terms of time, 10h 29m by bus is reasonable for normal traffic levels.