Tempe is rapidly expanding its transportation options. From Valley Metro Rail to the free Orbit system to the Tempe Streetcar, Tempe continues to ensure that everyone can move around the city quickly and efficiently. The City of Tempe caters to residents, visitors, businesses and ASU students, faculty and staff.
Valley Metro Bus
Services run 365 days a year with easy connectivity throughout Tempe, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the surrounding metro areas. In Tempe, bus routes run along all major arterial streets. Valley Metro’s trip planner is a good resource for route and fare information.
Valley Metro Rail
Valley Metro Rail runs over 25 miles on a single line from midtown Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Downtown Tempe, ASU Tempe Campus and Mesa. There are 9 station stops in Tempe. Valley Metro Rail provides schedules and maps to plan your travel.
Tempe offers a free neighborhood bus system. The system is called ORBIT and has 6 routes named after planets. The buses mainly run on smaller streets and connect Downtown Tempe and the ASU Tempe Campus with neighborhoods throughout Tempe.
Bike Rentals & Scooters
Tempe offers 215 miles of bike paths and has been honored as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Tempe offers many options to enjoy biking. Tempe is also served by scooter rental companies who offer both stand up and sit down options. The scooters can be found on sidewalks and are available to rent through an easy mobile app process.
Ridesharing & Taxis
As in other major cities, rideshare and taxi services are offered by both Lyft, Uber and several local cab companies. All services also operate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Because of Tempe’s central location, ride services typically arrive 5-10 minutes from the time it is ordered.
Tempe Streetcar is an efficient transportation option to easily travel around 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.
Picnics in the Park in Tempe
To best enjoy the sunny Arizona weather we highly suggest a leisurely picnic at one of Tempe’s parks. There are 50 parks throughout the city of Tempe, with lots of amenities from lakes to playgrounds. To make your picnic seem more like a special event, order takeout from a nearby Tempe restaurant.
Photo-Worthy Places in Tempe
Looking for photo-worthy moments you’ll want to remember for a lifetime? To help you find your next Instagram-worthy shot, we’ve rounded up these can’t-miss, photogenic attractions from around Tempe.