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How to get from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Scottsdale

When you’re planning a trip to the Valley of the Sun, you can’t miss out on exploring the fascinating city of Scottsdale. While in the city, be sure to check out the picturesque Old Town filled with boutique stores and high-end restaurants, the many world-renowned museums and Camelback Road for a taste of luxury shopping.

When it comes to travelling the 14 km from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale, you have both private and public transport options. Taking a Phoenix airport taxi or airport shuttle is the quickest and most convent option as it takes just 20 minutes and costs around $30 (€27.50). A great budget option is a public bus, which takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs just $4 (€3.50). Another cheap option is the Light Rail train, which also costs just $4 (€3.50), but it does require a change to a bus, so the total transfer time is around 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €7 75min 04:15–23:15
Taxi or Shuttle €27.50 20min 24/7
Train €7 80min 07:23–00:38

How to get from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale by bus

Unfortunately, there’s no direct bus from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Scottsdale, you will need to make multiple changes. First, you will need to take Route 13 bus to 75 Avenue and Buckeye, then walk to 24th Street and Buckeye to take the Route 70 bus. Route 70 bus will then stop at Luke AFB where you will get off, walk to 24th Street and Indian School Road and take Route 41 bus to Scottsdale. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How much is the bus from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale?

The total cost of the three buses from Sky Harbor airport to Scottsdale is $4 (€3.50). This is a ticket that covers multiple bus journeys for 24 hours within both Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Cost

$4 (€3.50)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 15 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for each bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Route 13 bus runs from 04:15 to 23:15, the Route 70 bus runs from 06:24 to 11:54 and the Route 41 bus from 07:38 to 00:48.

Where do I find the public transportation from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale?

The Route 13 bus leaves from Terminal 2 only. If you land in Terminal 1, 3 or 4, you will need to walk to Terminal 2 first to take the bus.

Convenience

As there’s no direct bus from Sky Harbor to Scottsdale, it’s a very long and complicated transfer option. You will need to make two different changes and walk between bus stops, which is stressful and difficult with luggage or large groups.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap public transfer option with less walking time, I suggest taking the Light Rail train instead of the bus.

Useful Tips

Be sure to check the bus stop for the correct bus number at each change.
There's very limited storage space on the bus, so travel light.
The $4 (€3.50) ticket allows you both train and bus journeys for 24 hours.

How to get from Sky Harbor Airport to Scottsdale by taxi or shuttle

Taking a Phoenix Airport taxi or car shuttle is the only direct transfer option when it comes to travelling from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale. Door to door, the journey shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes and the cost is around $30 (€27.50) for the taxi. Black car prices depend on the company you book with and time of the day when you travel.

How much is a taxi from Sky Harbor to Scottsdale?

The cost of a taxi from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale is calculated using a taximeter, the longer your journey time, the higher your fare will be. However, the average cost for a local Phoenix Airport taxi is around $30 (€27.50).

Cost

$30 (€27.50)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Phoenix airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

The taxi ranks can be found outside Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 at door 7 or Terminal 4 on Level 1 outside of door 6.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or airport shuttle is by far the most convenient and comfortable transfer option. Taking a taxi will take less than a third of the time of the public transport options, and it will eliminate your need to navigate through multiple transfers, keeping your journey short, safe and stress-free.

Editor’s Note

Compared to many other major cities in the USA, Phoenix taxis aren't very expensive. If you're travelling with luggage or small children, I believe taking a taxi over the cheaper public transport options is worth spending a little extra on for convenience and comfort.

Useful Tips

Standard Phoenix taxis can take up to 4 passengers.
You can bring any luggage that will fit in the trunk for free.
Make sure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.

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€102.0
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How to get from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale AZ by train?

There’s no direct train from Sky Harbor airport to Scottsdale. First, you will need to take the free PHX Sky Train® from Terminal 3 or 4 to 44th Street and Washington train station. Then, you will take the Light Rail train to University Drive/Rural station and walk from there to Dural Road & Terrace Road to catch Bus 7 into Scottsdale. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How much is the train from Phoenix airpot to Scottsdale?

The 24-hour unlimited Valley Metro ticket costs just $4 (€3.50). This ticket will cover both the Light Rail train and Route 72 bus.

Cost

$4 (€3.50)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 20 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the train and bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Light Rail runs from 07:23 to 00:38 and Route 72 bus runs from 06:58 to 00:18.

Where do I find the public transportation from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale?

Unfortunately, there’s no train from the Terminal buildings at Phoenix airport. Instead, you will need to take the PHX Sky Train® from Terminal 3 or 4 to 44th Street and Washington train station and then take the Light Rail from there.

Convenience

Although this transfer option is cheap, it’s not the most convenient. Taking the train will require multiple stops and a change to a bus to complete your journey. However, as there’s less walking time between stops and stations, this is a slightly more convenient option than the public bus.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group, you may wish to pool your money and split the cost of a taxi so you can have a more convenient transfer, compared to taking the train.

Useful Tips

The PHX Sky Train® is completely free to use for all passengers.
There's some luggage storage on the end of each carriage on the train for large items.
The final leg of this transfer option is on a bus, not a train.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Sky Harbor airport from Scottsdale?

The distance from Sky Harbor airport to Scottsdale is 14 km. Taking a Phoenix Airport taxi or car shuttle shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes, whilst taking the public bus will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes and taking the Light Rail train will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

What is a typical cab fare from Sky Harbor airport to Scottsdale AZ?

The local taxi drivers at Sky Harbor airport will use a taximeter to calculate your fare. The average cost of a taxi from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale AZ will be around $30 (€27.50), but this could change depending on your travel time (day or night) and the journey length. To secure a set rate fare you can rely on, you can book your Phoenix airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Is there a shuttle from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale?

Taxis and airport shuttles are available from Phoenix airport to Scottsdale 24/7. The journey time for a Phoenix Airport taxi transfer is 20 minutes and the total cost is around $30 (€27.50).

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