Travel to Phoenix
Flying to Phoenix
A number of US airlines offer domestic flights to Phoenix from destinations across the state. These airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United. British Airways operates direct flights to Phoenix from the UK.
Travel by road
Phoenix is a car-oriented city and is built, as with many American cities, on a grid system that makes working out how to get around fairly easy.
Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 16. A valid national driving licence is required. One quirk that European drivers may not be used to is that drivers are permitted to turn right through a red light as long as there is no traffic coming from their left, or unless it is signed as prohibited.
The maximum speed limits in and around Phoenix are 120kph (75mph) on rural interstates, 105kph (65mph) on urban interstates and 88kph (55mph) on other roads. In business or residential districts, a limit of 40kph (25mph) applies.
The AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357; www.aaa.com) provides information and roadside assistance to members.
Emergency breakdown services
AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).
The Interstate 10 connects with Los Angeles to the west. Interstate 17 connects with Flagstaff to the north and then continues south to Tucson. These roads are all well maintained and generally have at least two lanes available to traffic in each direction.
Greyhound (tel: +1 214 849 8100; www.greyhound.com) operates a 24-hour coach station at 2115 East Buckeye Road. Greyhound coaches link every major city in the US as well as most of the smaller ones.
Another good-value option is Arizona Shuttle (tel: +1 800 888 2749; www.arizonashuttle.com).
Time to city
From Los Angeles - 6 hours 30 minutes; Flagstaff - 2 hours 15 minutes; Tucson - 2 hours; Las Vegas - 4 hours 30 minutes.
Travel by Rail
There is no national passenger rail service to Phoenix, even though there is still a station building. However, it is still possible to get close to Phoenix by Amtrak train, stopping your rail journey in a nearby major city and then taking a bus or coach on the remaining leg of your trip.
Trains to nearby cities are run by the national rail network Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) and then connect by Amtrak Thruway or Greyhound bus. The best city for you to catch the train to is dependent upon where you are travelling from, but popular options are Tuscon, Flagstaff and Maricopa because they have good Greyhound bus links (tel: +1 214 849 8100; www.greyhound.com).
To Flagstaff: from Los Angeles - 10 hours 20 minutes; from Chicago - 31 hour 50 minutes.