Stuck on a Phoenix layover at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)? As Arizona’s largest airport and the main hub for US Airways, the airport is located roughly 3 miles from downtown Phoenix which makes it a very accessible destination for those stuck on a layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Phoenix layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Phoenix layover, there are plenty of shops, snack shops and restaurants to keep you entertained. You can find a list of food and shops here, listed by terminal. While you explore, you can tune in to 1610 AM on your radio for updated information on Airport conditions.
Terminal 2 offers a Museum Exhibit through the security checkpoint area. In addition, the airport offers a number of services including Travelex, located before and after security in Terminal 4, offers phone cards, currency exchange and a faxing service. If you need a phone card, they can be purchased from machines and shops in Terminal 4 and in Terminal 2. There is a Military & Veterans Hospitality Room upstairs from the Terminal 2 lobby, and there are children play areas in terminal 2, 3, and 4. There are Pet Parks for your pets to take a break in Terminal 2, 3 and 4. The airport also offers tours to community organizations, business groups, school children and more. For more information call 602-273-4017 or e-mail [email protected]
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels near the airport. The Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel is located 1.5 miles from the airport. For other hotels near the airport, click here. You can also find a comprehensive list of Phoenix hotels at varying price points located here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport, taxis are available outside each terminal. For more information including pricing and contact information, click here. There are rental cars available, light rail and city buses, and statewide shuttles.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Phoenix Layover:
Phoenix (and surrounding areas) Tours
If you have limited time and want to catch a great experience or see some sights, a tour might be the way to go. There are many to choose from including AZ Hummer Tours, Detours Grand Canyon Tours, Grand Canyon and Navajo Reservation Tour (for long layovers), and more!
Desert Botanical Garden
With one of the best collections of desert plants, the Desert Botanical Garden is home to 50 acres of gorgeous outdoor exhibits. In addition, it showcases 139 rare and endangered plant species from around the world.
Canyon Creek Ranch
Enjoy the Wild West as this western-themed entertainment spot where you can ride horses, play a number of cowboy games such as roping and axe throwing, and enjoy Opal’s Chili.
The red sandstone Camelback Mountain is a big attraction in Phoenix for the outdoorsy types. You can hike the somewhat challenging trails to the top to catch a great view of the desert city.
One of Phoenix’s first cultural attractions, Heard Museum is a collection of exhibits dedicated to learning about American Indian art and culture.
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