Phoenix International Airport
The airport of the American city Phoenix, the capital of the American state Arizona, is called in full Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This airport, in the southwest of the United States, proudly carries the title ‘America’s Friendliest Airport’. It's one of the larger airports in the US and processes almost 40 million passengers per year. It's unusual that the three runways of Phoenix Airport run parallel to each other (in east-west direction). This is due to the main wind direction in Phoenix.
IATA airport code: PHX
ICAO airport code:
Three Valley Subway lines (13, 15 and 40) stop at the nearby Washington Station on 44th Street. There are free shuttle buses from that station to the terminals.
In the future, these shuttle buses will be replaced by the Sky Train, which is under construction. In 2013 this light rail will connect Washington Station with the East Economy Parking and Terminal 4. Later this line will be extended and connect all terminals, as well as the car rental center on the west side of the airport. The height of the light rail is exceptional: a Boeing 747 can pass underneath!
Car and bus
The airport is situated five kilometers southeast of Phoenix' business district (Central Business District) and is easily accessible by rental car via the Papago Freeway (exit 148) west of the airport, or the Hohokam Expressway east of the airport.
There are no bus connections between the airport and Phoenix. There are shuttle buses to and from various hotels in the city. You can also take the so-called SuperShuttle, a cheaper alternative for the taxi.
Car rental Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Several car rental companies are present at Phoenix Airport: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. The Rental Car Information Desk is located west of the airport on 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle. Every 5-10 minutes a shuttle bus leaves the terminals to this rental center which can be reached by telephone via +1 602 683 3741. It's recommended to book a rental car in advance. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Three taxi companies are present at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Apache Taxi (Tel. +1 480 557-7000), AAA/Yellow Cab (Tel. +1 480 888-8888) and Mayflower Cab (Tel. +1 602 955-1355). The rates are the same: US$ 5.00 for the first mile, after that US$ 2.10 per mile. The minimum rate is US$ 15.00 and the airport tax amounts to US$ 1.00.
Prices for limousines vary per destination, but allow US$ 35.00 to US$ 85.00 for a ride to the center of Phoenix.
On the airport's website you can find more information about the taxi rates to various destinations.
All parking facilities at Phoenix Airport charge the same hourly rate of US$ 4.00, only the maximum rate per week differs. For short-term parking near the terminals the maximum day rate is US$ 25.00, for the East and West Economy Parking US$ 9.00 and for the East Economy Garage US$ 11.00. You can call +1 602 273 4545 to ask where free places are available. You can also check this online.
There are no hotels at the airport but there are clusters of hotels just north and south of Phoenix Airport. These include Best Western Airport Inn (Tel. +1 602 273 7251), Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport (Tel. +1 602 470 0500), Sleep Inn Airport (Tel. +1 480 967 7100), Econo Lodge Airport (Tel. +1 602 273 1601), Marriott Phoenix Airport Hotel (Tel. +1 602 273 7373) and Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport (Tel. +1 602 273 7778). These hotels as well as others, both at the airport and in the center, offer free shuttle buses to and from the airport. For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Phoenix International Airport offers an extensive range of shops, (snack) bars, cafés and restaurants. There are also several vending machines. For duty-free articles you can go to the duty-free area in Terminal 4.
You can find the lost-and-found office (Tel. +1 602 273 3333) between Terminals 2 and 3. For security reasons there are no lockers to store your baggage at Phoenix Airport.
You'll find information desks (Tel. +1 602 273 3300) scattered around the terminals. There are also so-called Navigator volunteers who can answer most questions. They can be recognized by their bright blue blazers.
You can fax and copy at the information desks, but other than that there are no business facilities at Phoenix Airport. You can find a business center and meeting rooms at for example the Hilton Phoenix Airport (see Hotels). The largest meeting room can accommodate 500 people. Other business hotels nearby the airport also offer extensive business facilities.
Parking places have been reserved for disabled travelers at all parking facilities. The shuttle buses to the terminals have good accessibility for wheelchairs. This is also the case for elevators and toilets in the terminals.
There's also a special bus service for the disabled to Phoenix' center, called Dial-a-Ride (Tel. +1 602 253 4000).
You can find smoking rooms in all terminals. There are also banks, exchange offices and ATM's. In addition, there's a hairdresser, several shoe-cleaning machines and there are even three rooms to relax for animals (just outside the terminals). Phoenix Airport also offers wireless internet and several computers with internet. The First Aid station (Traveler’s Aid, Tel. +1 602 244 1346) is located near the silence center on Level 3 of Terminal 4. In the Airport Museum you cannot only find an overview of the history of aviation but also changing exhibitions by local artists.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Suite 3300
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +1 602 273 3300
Email: contact form
IATA airport code: PHX
ICAO airport code: KPHX