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Once You Are Here – Free Shuttle Service in Pocatello: The Simplot Games provides free bus shuttle service, courtesy of Salt Lake Express, between the local hotels and Holt Arena all day Friday and Saturday. Free shuttle service is also available Friday evening for Simplot Games After Dark between the local hotels and the ISU Student Union Building. For further information, including times and drop points, see the Simplot Games Shuttle Bus Schedule on this website.
How to Get Here: The Simplot Games are held in Pocatello, Idaho at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University. Teams arrive by car, bus, van and airplane. Please be aware that Pocatello is served by a commuter airline; therefore, it is sometimes cheaper to fly into Salt Lake City, Utah (150 miles south) or Idaho Falls, Idaho (50 miles north) and arrange for a car, van or shuttle bus.
Luggage Restrictions: Athletes should check luggage weight restrictions with the airlines. The option of shipping athletic gear by freight carrier may be cheaper than the airlines’ luggage fees. All shipped athletic gear must be sent to the hotel where the athletes will be staying – NOT Idaho State University or the Simplot Games offices. Prior arrangements must be made with each hotel. Pole-vaulters should be aware that the planes that fly into Pocatello cannot accommodate poles.
Shuttle Service to Pocatello: Salt Lake Express, a daily transportation service in the Intermountain West region, is a convenient way for air travelers to travel in and out of Pocatello on new, modern buses.
Salt Lake City Airport / Pocatello Route: There are ten departures daily between the Salt Lake City airport and Pocatello. Travel time is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes. As a Simplot Games Sponsor, Salt Lake Express offers a $5.00 discount on the SLC Airport/Pocatello trip for Simplot Games athletes and families. For the best price, simply log onto their website and type in the discount code Simplot13. Currently with the Simplot discount code, the cost is $29.00 plus fuel surcharge of $8.84 making the ticket $37.84. The fuel surcharge fluctuates as fuel changes.
Idaho Falls Airport / Pocatello Route: There are nine daily runs from the Idaho Falls airport to Pocatello, 50 minutes south. The cost is $10 plus current fuel surcharge of $1.43 making the trip $11.43 each way.
For further information and a complete shuttle schedule, please go to their website, www.SaltLakeExpress.com
Telephone reservations will be slightly higher, and can be obtained by calling 1-800-356-9796. Please save this number as it is the same number travelers call if their flights are delayed and shuttle times need to be adjusted.
Be sure to check for information, restrictions, change/cancellation policy, etc., by clicking on the ‘Information’ block on their home page and then on ‘Terms and Conditions.’
All passengers arriving in Pocatello will be dropped at the Salt Lake Express normal drop point – Jackson’s Service Station and Convenience Store, Pocatello Creek Road, which is within short walking distance to the hotels in the Pocatello Creek area (Ameritel Inn, Comfort Inn, Cottontree Inn, Holiday Inn, Red Lion and Super Eight).
Simplot Games Vans: The Simplot Games vans provide transportation from the Salt Lake Express drop point to hotels in other areas of Pocatello including East Center Street area (Hampton Inn, Marriott Townhouse Suites), Chubbuck area (Motel 6 and Ramada Inn), and South Fifth area (Econolodge and Thunderbird). The telephone number for the Simplot Games Transportation Dispatcher is 208-220-7881.
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