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Car Rental Phoenix Airport

Phoenix Arizona has an array of public transportation options for those visiting the area. However, many guests prefer not to depend on public transportation and instead rent a car. Renting a car allows for visitors to see the city and area attractions at their pace. With that in mind, here are four tips to help with your car rental experience at Sky Harbor International Airport:

Make a Reservation

Sky Harbor International Airport is a very busy airport, and if you plan on renting a car make sure you have a reservation prior to arrival. Although there are 14 rental car companies located on site, there is a limited amount of car rentals available. If you don’t have a reservation, they may not have a car for you to rent during your stay.

Picking Up Rental Cars

Once you arrive and pick up your bags from baggage claim, head outside. The rental car shuttle pickup area is located just outside of the baggage claim. Shuttles come around to pick up guests every 10-15 minutes. They then transport you to the car rental center where visitors pickup and drop off their cars.

Returning Cars

Cars are returned at the same location where you pick them up, 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle South. Plan on returning your rental car to the rental car center at least two hours prior to your departure. Sky Harbor is a busy airport, and it can take some time to get back to the terminal and get through the TSA security lines.

New Early Bag Check

A great new feature for Phoenix visitors flying on American Airlines, Southwest, and US Airways and who are renting a car from Sky Harbor is the Early Bag Check. When arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your flights departure time, you can take advantage of the early bag check located in the rental car center. Early bag check is a free service that guests utilize from the hours of 5:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week. Look for the early bag check signs where an attendant will help you get your bag checked. If your service is good, be sure to tip your attendant.

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Airport Data for PHX
Transportation from PHX
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Distance from PHX to: 

  • Phoenix city center  – 6 miles (10 km)
  • Tucson – 114 miles (183 km)
  • Sedona – 119 miles (192 km)
  • Flagstaff – 149 miles (240 km)
  • Las Vegas – 308 miles (496 km)

Nearest Major Airports: 

  • Tucson Airport – 121 miles (194 km)
  • Las Vegas Airport – 296 miles (476 km)
  • Albuquerque Airport – 475 miles (764 km)

Phoenix Time Zone: 

  • 7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT –7:00)

Hotels near PHX: 

  • There are 20 hotels within 2 miles (4 km) of Phoenix Airport

Facts about PHX:

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor is the largest and busiest airport in Arizona
  • There were about 40 million passengers in 2008
  • 75% of the airport’s passenger traffic goes through Terminal 4
  • Due to consistent wind patterns, it is one of the largest airports in the world with all runways parallel
  • Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport is being used as a secondary airport

Car Rental at Phoenix Airport:

  • There are 11 rental car companies that serve Phoenix Airport
  • All car rental companies are in the Rental Car Center at East Sky Harbor Circle South
  • Rental car shuttles run every 5-10 minutes from curbs on baggage reclaim level
  • Car hire prices change depending on the season

Phoenix Transit Bus:

  • Routes 13, 15 & 40 run service to the Metro Light Rail
  • Phoenix Airport Shuttle also has service to the light rail

Taxi Service:

  • Available from Terminal 2, 3 and 4 (level 1) from North curbside
  • First mile 5.00 USD
  • Additional miles 2.10 USD
  • Airport surcharge 1.00 USD per trip
  • Minimum fare 15.00 USD

Trains to center:

  • Free Phoenix Airport Shuttle connects to 44th Street & Washington Station

Other Transport:

  • Limousines from South curbs of Terminals 3 & 4, North curb of Terminal 2
  • Rates 35.00USD – 85.00 USD to Phoenix
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

Short-Term Terminal Garages

  • Up to 15 minutes  = 1.00 USD
  • Per hour = 4.00 USD
  • Daily maximum = 25.00 USD

West & East Economy Uncovered Lots

  • Per hour = 4.00 USD
  • Daily maximum = 8.00 USD

East Economy Garages A & B

  • Per hour = 4.00 USD
  • Daily maximum = 10.00 USD
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of June 17, 2009