Take a ride on the bus. Seriously—these are great buses.
Being such a decentralized town with huge seasonal population swings and limited infrastructure, Park City presents some unique transportation difficulties and innovative transit solutions. Highway 224—the major thoroughfare connecting almost all of Park City—quickly bogs down during peak seasonal traffic, especially in winter driving conditions or during major events. The drive gets even more complicated when parking is thrown in the mix. Park City is an old town, and was definitely not built with 21st-century vehicular logistics in mind. There is very little parking outside the resort lots and other private parking structures. There is no way to park on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival. It just isn’t going to happen.
But there are solutions. Notably, Park City has a fantastic free public transportation system. Tidy, efficient, buses convey visitors to and from attractions, transit hubs, and many lodging properties. To call it a bus route does the transit system a disservice. It is a wonderful way to get around town. The routes are simple, have plenty of stops and connections, and are real time savers. If your experience with public transit consists of dingy, plodding journeys on grimy buses, you are in for a pleasant surprise here. During fairer weather, the city’s electric-assisted bike program offers an additional choice for getting around town. Easy and scenic, the bikes are the perfect choice for someone looking for a more fresh-air experience.
Getting around Main Street is a whole topic of its own. It is a busy place, there is a lot to see, and you are not going to want to drive there during ski season. In addition to the paucity of parking, Main Street is best experienced on foot. There are so many businesses with so many out-of-the-way nooks (including a pair of Banksy paintings) that you would simply miss in a car. Take in the atmosphere, stroll casually through the galleries, and follow your nose to any of more than 50 restaurants for a perfect meal. If you want to save yourself the elevation change and speed up your jaunt, you can hop on the Main Street trolley, which will get you anywhere on Main you want to go, including dozens of delicious restaurants.