Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix, US


Getting around the airport

Three terminals, with a people mover

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 5km miles south-east of downtown Phoenix. The airport has three terminals: Terminals 2, 3 and 4.

Terminal 2

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Contains North gates (A1-A30 and B15-B28) and South gates D and C.
  • Most international flights arrive here (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.
  • 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.

Getting between terminals

  • Terminals 2 and 3: There's a walkway between doors 7 & 8.
  • Terminals 3 and 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 three minutes at peak times and runs 24-hours. Travel time between each stop is about five minutes.
  • Getting away: There are taxi and limo stands in front of each terminal at the baggage claim level area, as well as stops for inter-city shuttle, charters & Blue Diamond buses.
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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, after security, 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, after security, Level 3, above Gates A7-9 (temporarily closed)
Terminal 4, after security, Level 3, Gates A19-21
Terminal 4, after security, 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, after security, 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 good quality coffee in airports. Luckily the Cartel Coffee Lab has got you covered at Phoenix airport. It offers the full range of contemporary coffees, including pour-over and aeropress flavors.

Location: after security, Terminal 4, next to Gate C13
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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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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Save on Your Car Rental

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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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