Pocatello sits at the intersection of I-15 and I-86. Interstate I-86 extends eastward, toward Boise and Seattle, while I-15 is a major north-south highway extending from Canada to Mexico. Pocatello is located 165 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah; 234 miles from Boise, Idaho; and about 650 miles from either Denver or Portland.
More than 25 motor freight companies operate out of Pocatello, including such well-known carriers as Allied, Consolidated Freightways, Roadway Express, UW Freight Line and Yellow Freight Systems.
In Bannock County, rail transportation has historically been a vital aspect of the local economy and a strength of area infrastructure. Pocatello is served by both the east-west and the north-south main lines of the Union Pacific System.
Union Pacific offers rail freight transportation services out of Pocatello to all shippers, with destinations across the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. Destinations are accessible either directly through Union Pacific's 23-state network, or through agreements with other North American railroads.
Each day some 20-22 trains travel east and west through Pocatello, destined for Seattle, Portland, Chicago or many other cities. Union Pacific also operates several trains daily north and south, between Pocatello and Montana. Pocatello's classification yard is the largest in the Intermountain West.
The Pocatello Regional Airport is served by Delta SkyWest Airlines. The airport is located 2 miles west of the city limits, along I-86. From Pocatello you can catch a flight to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and from there you can connect to dozens of destinations. It isn't uncommon for professionals living in the Pocatello area to fly out of the region for meetings or other business, and then return home the same day.
Delta SkyWest Airlines provides a forty-minute commuter flight from Pocatello to Salt Lake City. Travelers to and from Pocatello are served by three auto rental companies: Hertz, Avis, and Budget.
The Pocatello AvCenter is the Pocatello Regional Airport's Fixed Base Operator (FBO), which provide flight services to corporate and private aircraft.
Major overnight air parcel carriers who sort packages for the region include: Airborne, Federal Express, Emery Worldwide and UPS.