Phoenix is spread out, meaning distances between places of interest tends to be significant. A rental car is ideal outside the downtown area. The Valley Metro Light Rail in Phoenix is one of the busiest light rail systems in the country, making getting around much easier for visitors. Stations run right by some of the city's top attractions, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Arizona Science Centre.
Valley Metro buses access areas the light rail doesn't reach and the rail and bus routes have the same basic fares. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at all stations. There is also a free central city shuttle bus service, called DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), which is useful for accessing attractions such as the state capitol and major shopping malls. Taxis are freely available from local companies but tend to be expensive and are not recommended for travelling long distances.
The airport is situated four miles (6km) southeast of Phoenix.
Phoenix Airport (PHX)
LocationThe airport is situated four miles (6km) southeast of Phoenix.
Getting to the city
The PHX SkyTrain transports passengers between terminals, parking lots, and the 44th Street METRO Light Rail, from where it is possible to connect to the city centre, all free of charge. The Valley Metro system, consisting of the Metro Light Rail and a fleet of buses, charges a standard fare. Airport-to-door shuttle vans can also be arranged. Many hotels and resorts provide a free pick-up service for their guests; taxis and mobile app-based taxi services such as Uber are also available.
TimeLocal time is GMT -7.
Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, National, Hertz, Payless, and Thrifty, among others.
Metered taxis are available outside each terminal.
Transfer between terminals
The two terminals (Terminals 3 and 4) are connected by a free inter-terminal train system, the PHX Sky Train.
Facilities include shops, restaurants, animal relief areas, ATMs, currency exchange facilities, free WiFi, mailboxes, a chapel, and ground transportation facilities. All terminals are fully wheelchair accessible.
Parking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers a range of daily maximums depending upon the proximity of the car park to the terminals. Parking lots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A free cell phone waiting lot is also provided.