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Getting In and Around Phoenix

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Getting in and around Phoenix is easy. There are a plenty of travel options available in Phoenix, such as buses, taxis, light rail services and many other means. Many transit services in Phoenix run under the name of Valley Metro. Discovering Phoenix by rail, bus or any other mode is easier than ever before with the city's effective transportation network that offers a convenient connectivity of people to many locations across the city and beyond.

A map guide to get in-and-around Phoenix

Travel to Phoenix by Air

The main airport in Phoenix is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, hub for US Airways. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is amongst the best airports in the US. Direct flights are available to and from several main US cities. Most of the airlines fly to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport including Air Canada, British Airways, Delta, Air France, Continental, and United.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PSHIA) is considered as America's Friendliest Airport. The PSHIA offers nonstop service to about 80 domestic destinations, and approx. 20 international destinations. The airport is 3 miles southeast from the Phoenix central business district with the Valley Metro bus route 13 that serves all terminals. There are 3 terminals serving domestic flights- terminals 2, 3 and 4; and many international flights arrive at Terminal 4, Level 2. Taxi service is available at terminals 2, 3 and 4. SuperShuttle offers collective transportation, and in its own building, the Rental Car Center is situated.

Terminal 2:
United, Alaska, and Great Lakes
Terminal 3: Sun Country, Delta, JetBlue, Frontier, and Hawaiian
Terminal 4: WestJet, Aeromexico,US Airways, Air Canada,Southwest, American, and British Airways


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Suite 3300, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Tel: (602) 273-3300
Website: www.skyharbor.com

Alternative Airports in Phoenix

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IATA: AZA) is situated east of Phoenix, in Mesa.
Tel: 1 480 988-7600

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport is a public airport, located in Maricopa county. It is one of the busiest airport in Phoenix but in the US.
Tel: 1 623 869-0975

Travel to Phoenix by Road

The roadways in Phoenix are well-built.

Maximum speed limits in and around Phoenix are:

On rural interstates: 120kph (75mph)
On Urban interstates: 105kph (65mph)
On other roads: 88kph (55mph)
In business or residential districts: 48kph (30mph)

Getting around Phoenix by Car

Interstate 10 comes in Phoenix from the west and south, and Interstate 17 enters from the north. US Route 60 comes in Phoenix from the east. Arizona State Route 87 is another major route into Phoenix from the northeast from Payson.

Getting around Phoenix by Bus

There is no central bus terminal in Phoenix. The bus companies operating in Phoenix will have their own station all around Phoenix. Some of the main bus operators in Phoenix are:

Amtrak: Amtrak offers expressway bus services from the Grey hound station and airport in Phoenix to Flagstaff and Maricopa which is 60 miles south of Phoenix.

Greyhound, Autobus Americanos & Cruceros USA:

Address: 2115 E Buckeye Rd
Tel: 1 602-689-4100

Arizona Shuttle:
Arizona Shuttle provides shuttle service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson, Sedona and Flagstaff.

Continental Transportation:
Continental transportation provides door to door private shuttle service between Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson.

Address: 6113 N Reliance Dr, Tucson 85704
Tel: 520 904-0165

El Paso - Los Angeles Limousine Express: El Paso offers service to Los Angeles through Indio in one direction and through Las Cruces in another direction. El Paso goes up to Las Vegas on a different route.

Address: 1015 N 7th St between E Roosevelt & E Portland St on east side of 7th
Tel: 602 254-4101

Hoang Express: Hoang Express provides service to Los Angeles, California, San Diego and Long Beach.

Address: Lams Supermarket @ 6740 W Indian School Road

Transportes Baldomero Corral: It goes to Tucson and to many locations in Sinaloa and Sonora states in Mexico.

Address: 3106 W Thomas Rd
Tel: 1 602 258-2445 or 258-2355

Transportes Nena's: It offers shuttle service between Phoenix and Puerto Penasco.

Address: 1422 N 35th Ave & W Willetta St in the Maryville neighborhood)
Tel: 1 602 442-6802

TUFESA: It provides buse service to and from several areas in Arizona, Mexico and California.

Address: 1614 N 27th Ave & NW corner of W McDowell Rd
Tel: 602-415-9900

Spend a wonderful 24 hours in Phoenix!

Travel to Phoenix by Rail

Presently, in Phoenix, there is no national passenger rail service. You can visit Phoenix by Amtrak train that stops the journey in a close by major city and then from that point, buses or coaches are available for Phoenix.

Amtrak train: Amtrak's southern-most route, Sunset Limited, has a stop in town of Maricopa.

Tel: (1) 800 872 7245
Website: www.amtrak.com

Local Travel in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ is built on a grid system and is split up into smaller districts that are regarded as individual towns.

Public Transportation

By Valley Metro
Phoenix has a Valley metro system, which is the most popular mode of public transportation. This transportation mode runs the Lightrail as well as the City’s bus systems. If you plan to visit to the Tempe-Downtown Phoenix area, the Light Rail is a feasible choice. The METRO Light Rail service offers access to the convention centre, the airport, and other major city areas.

A one way pass on the Light Rail is of about $2.00, and a full day pass is $4.00. The pass can be taken from the ticket wending machine available at every station.

Website: www.valleymetro.org

Timings: During weekdays, the train runs every 12 minutes, starting at 5:00am and finishing its run at 11:00pm. On Weekends, the train runs every 15 minutes, starting at 5:00am and finishing its run at 2:00am. The last train of the day commences its last trip of the day around 11:00PM on most days and finishes its journey around 12:00 AM. On Friday and Saturday, it starts its last trip at 2:00AM and ends its journey around 3:00AM.

To know the schedule, visit the official website of the Valley Metro
Address: Valley Metro
101 North 1st Avenue, Suite 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Valley metro RideShare system connects travelers with carpools and van. In order to reduce the fare cost, get the metro pass. The passes vary depending on the number of travel days and journey distance. Reduced fares are provided to the disabled, seniors and students. This is a convenient and economical option for visitors/travelers to get around Phoenix.

By Taxis
Taxis can be booked in advance by telephone, and are easily available. The major taxi operators in Phoenix are:

Sunrise Cab (tel: (602) 468 3618)
Aguilas (tel: (602) 455 4500).

By Car
Another way to get around Phoenix is by car.

Car rental: If you plan to visit or stay at any of the cities on the edge of the metro location, a rental car will likely be needed. It is the most convenient mode of transportation for travelers.

Car hire: The United States has an agreement with many countries that national national driving licences are valid for up to 1 year. You can hire a car to get around Phoenix. The minimum hiring age must be between 21 and 25 years.

Some of the main car hire companies in Phoenix are:


Tel: 1 877 222 9075

Tel: 1 800 331 1212

Tel: 1 800 527 0700

Tel: 1 800 654 3131

Tel: 1 800 367 2277

Bicycle hire

Some of the major bicycle hire companies in Phoenix are:

Cactus Bike Rental: They rent several types of bikes and helmets.

Address: 4747 East Elliot Road and 1960 South Alma School Road Chandler
Website: www.cactusbike.com
Tel: (480) 940 7433)

Grid Bike Share:
You can get around Phoenix by Grid Bike Share http://www.gridbikes.com/. Through the Grid Bike Share website, you can rent a bike and travel to downtown Phoenix and beyond.

For an hour ride, it cost around $5, and for a month- $30.
For an annual student membership, the cost is
$59, and for a regular annual membership, it is $79.

Phoenix Taxi/Cab Services

The following taxi/cab services are available in Phoenix:

Discount Cab
4610 W. Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85301

2225 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Great Value Taxi Cab
3315 E Granada Rd
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 480-332-3362

VIP Taxi
2710 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 602-300-3000

Paul's Taxi
16845 N 29th Ave #505
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 480-630-3907

Clean Air Cab
3640 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 480-777-9777

Yellow Cab

Phoenix, AZ
United States
1 480-888-8888

Sunrise Cab Inc
1617 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 602-468-3618

Elite Taxi Cab

2040 W Buckeye Rd
Phoenix, AZ, United States
1 602-307-5555
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