Getting Around in Phoenix

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Three miles (5km) southeast of downtown, Sky Harbor International Airport is connected with downtown by two Valley Metro bus lines shuttle services and taxis.

All the main car rental companies have airport offices and many have offices in other parts of the valley or will deliver a car to your door.

Valley Metro operates weekday buses all over the valley as well as a few routes on Saturday. Most stop operating in the early evening. Riders can use credit cards to pay their fare. The DASH bus system runs weekdays from downtown to the capitol leaving every few minutes from dawn to dusk.

Three to four hour narrated bus tours are a popular way of taking in the city's major sights. Several companies also do longer tours such as a grueling 14 hour tour to the Grand Canyon. Truer to the Western spirit are the horse-drawn carriage tours of Old Town Scottsdale. Many companies offer 4WD tours into the surrounding desert lasting anywhere from four hours to all day and stressing themes from ghost towns to natural history to Indian petroglyphs and ruins.

If you're driving, have a map handy; Phoenix has a large freeway network.  Some of it is still underconstruction.  The roads are fairly easy to navigate and exits are well-marked. Street-level congestion generally isn't a problem except during rush hour or around Arizona Mills Mall.

Phoenix is a difficult city to travel in without a car because of its large area and decentralized construction.

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Valley Metro

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While being Phoenix's primary mode of alternative transportation, Valley Metro offers a variety of Bus routes and local transportation. One highlighted feature that Valley Metro offers is their Local, commuter and Rapid bus services. In addition, the Valley Metro has Dial-a-ride, Van Services, Online Carpool Matching Service, and many other services. They even provide help local businesses in an effort to meet fuel reduction goals set by Maricopa County. Some of the goals of Valley Metro include: providing cost effective transportation services to citizens and to introduce these more..

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'''Taxi cab''' Unlike many American cities, it is very difficult to hail a taxi, unless you are in downtown Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, or Tempe.  It is best to call and reserve a taxi.  But ask for rates, because there is no taxi and limo commission to set rates.  And be sure to read online reviews of the company you call.
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