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.