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Getting to and Around Tempe

Located in the center of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Tempe is easily accessible to and from surrounding areas—such as Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix, and neighboring East Valley cities including Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert—by car, bus and Valley Metro Rail, which runs from northwest Phoenix to east Mesa through Tempe. It’s also perfect for out-of-state travelers thanks to its 4-mile proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Check out how easy it is to get from point A to B in Tempe.

The new Tempe Streetcar is now open – Learn More!

By Plane

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85034 | (602) 273-3300

Tempe is located just five miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). One of the busiest airports in the U.S., Sky Harbor is served by 21 airlines flying nonstop to more than 113 domestic locations and 25 international destinations. Tempe connects to the airport terminals via the PHX Sky Train accessed from the 44th Street Valley Metro Rail Station. Many of Tempe’s hotels also provide complimentary shuttle service.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
6033 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212 | (480) 988-7600

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport serves more than 45 cities with non-stop service via Allegiant, WestJet, Flair, Sun Country and Swoop Airlines.

Plane over Tempe
Photo Credit: Slaven Gujic

By Car

Reserve a car from the Rental Car Center at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, accessible via the shuttle outside of baggage claim. Taxis, Lyft and Uber are also options.

Tempe is in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix and is easily accessed via the I-10, 202, 101, or U.S. 60 freeways. Tempe is approximately six hours from the Los Angeles area, two hours from Tucson, four hours from the Grand Canyon, and six-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque.

Downtown Tempe car

By Bicycle

Tempe has 217 miles of bike paths and trails throughout the city, including designated bike lanes and canal and desert trails. There are several places to rent bikes, such as The Bicycle Cellar, Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake and Boat Rentals of America – Kiwanis Lake. A bicycle map can be downloaded from tempe.gov/bike

Tempe E-Bike Tour

By Foot

Many of Tempe’s attractions are accessible without a car, especially for visitors who stay in Downtown Tempe. Tempe Town Lake, ASU Gammage, ASU Art Museum and Sun Devil Stadium are just a 5 to 10 minute journey from many of Tempe’s hotels.

Downtown Tempe outside of Cactus Sports

Valley Metro Multimodal Transit

The Valley Metro transportation system exists to connect communities and enhance lives by promoting regional mobility and generating economic activity. Travel with Valley Metro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit their website.

By Rail

Valley Metro Rail
(602) 253-5000

Valley Metro Rail is a 28-mile system that connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Trains stop at stations every 15-20 minutes. Fares are $2 for a single ride or $4 for a 1-day pass. Download the Valley Metro app to plan your trip and track your train in real time at valleymetro.org/app, or visit the website for details about service. 

By Streetcar – Now Open!

Tempe Streetcar
(602) 253-5000

Tempe is one of the region’s highest public transit ridership centers, and starting May 20th, Tempe Streetcar will add another efficient transportation option to Downtown Tempe. The new streetcar makes 14 stops along a three-mile route on Mill and Ash Avenues from Rio Salado Parkway and Marina Heights to Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard. Connecting riders to neighborhoods, major business centers and regional events and destinations, the streetcar travels as a single car and can hold up to 125 people. Each vehicle is wheelchair accessible, and bicycles are welcome on board. The first year of service is FREE and operates seven days a week (Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 8 a.m. to midnight) and arrives at stops every 15-20 minutes. When the free fare period ends, the fare will be $1 per ride or $0.50 with Reduced Fare ID.

While enjoying this new service, discover public art (at all 14 stops), shops, restaurants and other businesses while earning prizes along the way with the Streetcar Deals & Discounts Pass.

Note: Be Streetcar Smart! Streetcars share the roadway with cars and bicyclists. Whether you’re driving, riding or walking, make sure to follow all traffic signals and be aware of your surroundings since streetcars are quiet.

Tempe Streetcar From Valley Metro
Photo Credit: Valley Metro

By Bus

Tempe Transit – Tempe in Motion
(480) 350-4311 – Customer Relations Center 

Tempe has bus service on most major streets with 13 bus routes, two express routes, one free Flash route, and six free Orbit neighborhood circulator routes. Tempe bus service operates seven days a week from approximately 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mon.-Sat., and from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sun. Regular fare is $2 for one ride. All buses are wheelchair accessible and can accommodate up to three bicycles.  

Downtown Tempe Orbit Bus

Tempe is rapidly expanding its transportation options. Stay in the know by visiting our Tempe public transportation page.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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