Taxi tariffs are irregular in Phoenix, except at the airport. The city area that takes up 800-square-miles is so large that one-way fares of the value of $50 are not uncommon. Don't travel by taxi if you aren't transporting within the compact area. Taxis charge $5 for the first mile and $2 per mile after that, not including tips. Transportation companies like Uber and Lyft are both allowed to pick up passengers at the Sky Harbor Airport; only Lyft is allowed to pick up at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway. Generally, prices are lower than for regular taxis, but both companies require you to install an application on your mobile phone and make a payment online.

Public Transportation

Visitors could use public transportation, its options are increasing in Phoenix, such as light rail service, and local bus systems have increased their hours of operation. Phoenix runs a free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) - free shuttle bus system, used by visitors during weekday working hours, and Tempe operates the Free Local Area Shuttle (FLASH). DASH serves Copper Square and other parts of downtown.

Ollie the Trolley is a bus service that runs between Scottsdale's resorts and its shopping districts.

Valley Metro Light Rail

The expanding Metro Light Rail serves the Phoenix-Tempe-Mesa area. The Valley's light-rail system is convenient for exploring downtown and central Phoenix, as well as the airport and the nearby cities of Tempe and Mesa. It is the public urban rail system that operates daily from 5 am to about 4 am except for January 1. The fare is $4 per day, and multi-day passes are available.Valley Metro Customer Service 602-253-5000. Seniors and people with disabilities have several accessibility options.


The local bus cost is $2 per ride. An all-day pass is $4. If you are traveling regularly or need to change several buses to reach your destinations, you'll probably find that all day or multiple day passes are the most economical. All Day Pass Can be used all day, from bus to bus or from bus to rail; 7, 15, and 31-day local pass will be valid for 7, 15, or 31 consecutive days after activation. They activate on first use.

Grand Canyon Railway train

On its way to Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon Railway train Greyhound bus crosses the Southwestern desert landscape.

For rail enthusiasts, the Grand Canyon Railway offers both diesel and steam rail trips from Williams to the Grand Canyon.

Greyhound bus

Long-distance Greyhound buses are the least expensive way to travel, and they also offer the most varied choice of destinations.