Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport is the gateway to the Sonoran desert with its hot, dry summers and mild winters. Downtown Phoenix is just three miles (5km) from the airport and has a number of museums, golf courses and sports attractions as well as an aquarium.
The airport is connected to Phoenix via a Metro line, but the city is far easier to navigate with your own wheels. Particularly during the peak summer months when the hot climate will make even the shortest walk seem tedious. The Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport has a selection of shops and restaurants as well as an art exhibit in each terminal.
The airport is situated 4 miles (6km) southeast of Phoenix.
Getting to the city
Public buses and airport-to-door Supershuttle vans all go to the city centre (Tel: (602) 244-9000). Vans run 9am to 9pm every 15 minutes although 24 hour service can be arranged. A free airport shuttle also connects passengers to and from the Metro light rail that connects to the city centre. Fares for the rail line or bus both cost US$1.25 (Tel: 602-253-5000). Many hotels and resorts provide a free pick-up service for their guests. Taxis and limousines are also available for hire; taxis should cost around $15 to downtown, and the trip takes 10 minutes (Tel: (602) 437-4000). There are a number of ground transportation companies that provide shuttle service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to other Arizona cities.
Tel: +1 602 273 3300.
Car rental companies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, National, Hertz, Payless and Thrifty.
Taxis are available at each terminal. Charges are $5 for the first mile, and $2.10 for each additional mile, with an airport surcharge of $1 and a minimum fare of $15.
Transfer between terminals
The three terminals (Terminals 2, 3 and 4) are connected by a free inter-terminal bus system.
Facilities include shops, restaurants, pet parks, ATMs, currency exchange, wireless Internet, mailboxes and ground transportation facilities. All terminals are fully wheelchair accessible and there is a shuttle bus between terminals for the disabled.
Parking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport starts at $4 per hour with a range of daily maximums depending upon proximity of the car park to the terminals. The outlying car parks are connected to the terminal via free shuttles that operate at ten-minute intervals. A free cell phone waiting lot is also provided.
US Airways, Southwest Airlines, British Airways, Air Canada and WestJet offer flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Complimentary wi-fi is provided throughout the airport.
A number of airlines have airline lounges at the airport. Alternatively, the Airport Hilton has a range of conference and business facilities.
Phoenix Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.