Arizona is served by numerous airlines flying to both Phoenix (Code: PHX) and Tucson (Code: TUS) from cities around the U.S. and Canada. Phoenix is the more centrally located of the two airports and is closer to the Grand Canyon. However, if you plan to explore the southern part of the state or are going to visit both Phoenix and Tucson, I recommend flying into Tucson, which is a smaller airport and charges lower taxes on its car rentals. The only drawback is that your plane will probably stop in Phoenix on its way to Tucson. If a trip to the Grand Canyon is your only reason for visiting Arizona, consider flying into Las Vegas, which sometimes has lower airfares and better car-rental rates.
Alaska Airlines often has low fares to Arizona. Also, be sure to check the fares at Southwest Airlines, which does not list its fares on big travel search engines. Phoenix and Tucson are both served by most of the major U.S. airlines and also a handful of international airlines.
Arizona is bordered on the west by California and Nevada, on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, and on the south by Mexico. I-40 runs east-west across the state connecting to Los Angeles (via I-15) and to Albuquerque. I-10 also passes through the state connecting to Los Angeles in the west and all the way to Jacksonville, Florida, in the east. I-8 connects Casa Grande with San Diego. I-17 is the state's only north-south interstate highway; it links Flagstaff with Mexico at Nogales. Using the interstate highways, you can travel between Phoenix and Tucson in a little more than 1 1/2 hours. From Phoenix to Flagstaff takes about 2 1/2 hours (add another 1 1/2 hours to get to the Grand Canyon).
Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com) provides service aboard the Southwest Chief between Flagstaff (for the Grand Canyon) and Los Angeles, also connecting with Albuquerque, Kansas City, and Chicago. The Sunset Limited connects Tucson with Orlando, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, and Los Angeles. At press time, the fare from Los Angeles to Flagstaff was $61 one-way and $122 round-trip. There is no rail service to Phoenix, but Amtrak will sell you a ticket and then put you on a bus from either Tucson or Flagstaff to Phoenix. Book early for lower fares.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222 in the U.S.; 001/214/849-8100 outside the U.S.; www.greyhound.com) is the sole nationwide bus line. International visitors can obtain information about the Greyhound North American Discovery Pass. The pass, which offers unlimited travel and stopovers in the U.S. and Canada, can be obtained outside the United States from travel agents or through www.discoverypass.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.