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 three miles (5km) 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 of $2 for an adult. Airport-to-door Supershuttle vans also travel to the Phoenix city centre; Supershuttle vans run every 15 minutes between 9am and 9pm daily, although service outside of these hours can easily be arranged. Many hotels and resorts provide a free pick-up service for their guests, and taxis and limousines are also available for hire at the airport.
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. The journey to the city centre takes about 10 minutes and the minimum charge is $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 facilities, free wifi, mailboxes, and ground transportation facilities. All terminals are fully wheelchair accessible.
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.
Complimentary wifi 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.