Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix, US


Getting around the airport


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is three miles southeast of downtown Phoenix.
The airport has three terminals: Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Terminal 4.

  • The PHX Sky Train (people mover) connects Terminals 3 and 4, the East Economy Lot, and the 44th St Metro Light Rail station. Trains arrive approximately every 3 minutes during peak times and runs 24-hours. Travel time between each stop is about 5 minutes.
  • In front of each terminal at the baggage claim level are taxi & limo stands, and stops for inter-city shuttle, charters & Blue Diamond buses.
  • A walkway at Terminal 2, between doors 7 & 8, leads to Terminal 3.

Terminal 2
houses gates C-D and 1-15. Opposite ticket counters on the lower level is baggage claim (near door 7) with an outside walkway to T3 and Sky Train. Gates 1-15 are on level 2, as well as security checkpoints and gates.

Terminal 3

  • Level 1 houses ticket counters and baggage claim while Level 2 has security checkpoints (north and south), food and drink, and retail concessions). This level also connects to Terminal 2 in the food court and to Terminal 4 by Sky Train
  • Security South leads to South Concourse gates 1-14 while Security North leads to gates 15-26 in the North Concourse.

Terminal 4

  • has North gates (A1-A30 and B15-B28) and South gates D and C. Level 1 is Arrivals, with baggage claim and ground transportation. Level 2 is Ticketing with check-in facilities. Level 3 is the departures level—head north for Security Checkpoint A to A gates and Security Checkpoint B to domestic B gates. South is Security Checkpoint C and D. Level 3 also houses the entrance to the PHX Sky Train.
  • Most international flights arrive at Terminal 4 (gates B23-B28). Unless you have gone through US customs clearance at your originating airport, you will need to allow at least 35-45 minutes for customs and check-in procedures, and another 30 minutes to board the Sky Train, go through security and to your connecting gate.
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Getting into Phoenix

Bus, Metro Light Rail and taxi


Valley Metro City bus route 13 travels between 75th Ave/Buckeye Rd and the airport. Bus routes 1 and 44 stop at the 44th Street/Washington Valley Metro Rail station, which is connected to the airport via PHX Sky Train. One ride costs USD 2.

Hours: 05:15-22:10 Mon-Fri, 06:20-21:30 Sat and Sun

Metro Light Rail

Light rail passes can be purchased at the 44th Street station for USD 2. Journey time depends on final destination.

Eastbound Hours: 05:19-12:53 Mon-Thurs; 05:19-03:53 Fri; 05:39-03:53 Sat; 05:39-12:53 Sun
Westbound Hours: 03:51-23:26 Mon-Thurs; 03:51-02:26 Fri; 04:11-02:26 Sat; 04:11-23:26 Sun


Taxis are available 24 hours a day all terminals. Only Apache Taxi, AAA/Yellow Cab, and Mayflower Cab are authorised to pick up passengers at the airport. Rates are charged according to the meter but a journey downtown costs approximately USD 25, depending on traffic. Journey time is 15 minutes.

Terminal 2, landside, ground level east, door 8

Terminal 3, landside, ground level north, door 7
Terminal 3, landside, ground level south, door 6

Terminal 4, landside, level 1 north, door 7
Terminal 4, landside, level 1 south, door 6

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Power outlets

USB ports and work stations

PHX Airport has USB ports that can be accessed by following the ‘Get Plugged In’ signs. Work stations with 36 sets of chairs and tables (with outlets and USB ports) are available at all three terminal lobbies. 

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A variety of lounges

United Club

Terminal 2, airside, level 1, past gate 7
Hours: 04:00-22:00

Admiral’s Club

There are three Admiral’s Club lounges in Terminal 4.

Terminal 4, airside, level 3, above gates A7-9 (temporarily closed)
Terminal 4, airside, level 3, gates A19-21
Terminal 4, airside, level 3, gates B5-7
Hours: 05:00-23:30

The Club at PHX

The Club at PHX is a pay-in lounge for travellers. There are telephones, Wi-Fi access, and complimentary snacks and alcoholic beverages. A day pass is USD 35.

Terminal 4, airside, level 3, at the end of concourse towards gate B15-28
Hours: 08:00-15:30

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Cartel Coffee Lab

Perfect Craft Coffee

It can be hard to find a good quality coffee in airports. Luckily the Cartel Coffee Lab got you covered at the Phoenix airport. They offer their own coffee products from a to z. Including pour-over and aeropress flavors.

  • Cartel Coffee Lab
    Location: after security, Terminal 4, next to gate C13
    Opening hours: 04:30-20:00 (Sun-Fri), 06:00-19:00 (Sat)
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Chelsea’s Kitchen

Eating before security

Chelsea’s Kitchen serves traditional American food and brunch. For a light pre-flight meal, try the kale salad with short rib tacos that you assemble to your tastes.

Terminal 4, before security, level 3, main lobby

Hours: 11:00-22:00 Mon-Sat, 09:30-21:00 Sun

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Not available

There are not showers available at PHX airport. 

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Cowboy Ciao

Eating after security

Cowboy Ciao serves new American fare such as open-faced sandwiches and truffle mac and cheese.

Terminal 4, after security, level 3, Concourse B

Hours: 11:30-14:30

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

The onsite car rental companies operate within a facility located just south of the airport complex.
The shuttle runs continuously (approximately every 5-10 minutes) between the airport and the Rental Car Center, stopping to retrieve passengers at the baggage claim level of every terminal. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Children’s Play Areas

In all terminals

Four play areas are fitted with padded climbing gear, designed for young children. There is also a pre-security gallery with kid-friendly art in Terminal 4 on level 3. It’s free and open 24 hours a day.

  • Terminal 2, airside, level 1, end of the concourse near gates 12 and 13
  • Terminal 3, airside, level 3, end of the south concourse between gates 7 and 9
  • Terminal 3, airside, level 3, end of north concourse near gates 15-26
  • Terminal 4, airside, level 4, close to gate B19
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Construction at terminal 3

Delays possible

Terminal 3 is currently undergoing a modernization project. This may result in delays. 

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