Located 6 miles south of downtown, Tucson International Airport, 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. (tel. 520/573-8100), is served by a number of major airlines.
Visitor centers in both baggage-claim areas can give you brochures and reserve a hotel room if you haven't done so already.
GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO YOUR LODGINGS
Many resorts and hotels in Tucson provide a free or competitively priced airport shuttle service. Stagecoach Express (tel. 877/782-4355 or 520/889-1000) operates 24-hour van service to downtown Tucson and the foothills resorts. Fares to foothills resorts are around $38 one-way and $66 round-trip. It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to reach the foothills resorts. To return to the airport, it’s best to call at least a day before your scheduled departure.
You’ll find taxis waiting outside baggage claim, or you can call Yellow Cab (tel. 520/300-0000) or VIP Taxi (tel. 520/300-3000). The rate at the airport is $5 for the first mile and $2.60 for every mile thereafter, with a minimum fare of $16. A taxi to downtown costs around $25, to the foothills resorts $32 to $55.
Sun Tran (tel. 520/792-9222), the local public transit system, operates bus service to and from the airport. The fare is $1.75. Route 25 runs north/south along Park Avenue between the airport and the Laos Transit Center, 205 W. Irvington Rd., and the downtown Ronstadt Transit Center, 215 E. Congress St., where transfers can be made to other routes. Route 11 travels north/south through midtown along Palo Verde Road and Alvernon Way between the airport and the Tucson Jewish Community Center near Dodge Blvd. and River Road. Both routes generally run every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 10:30pm weekdays, and every 60 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekends and holidays.
I-10, the main east-west interstate across the southern United States, passes through Tucson and connects to Phoenix. I-19 connects Tucson with the Mexican border at Nogales. Ariz. 86 links Tucson with the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation to the southwest, while Ariz. 77 links with Globe, Holbrook, and the Hopi and Navajo reservations to the north.
If you’re headed downtown, take the Congress Street exit off I-10. If you’re going to one of the foothills resorts north of downtown, you’ll probably want to take the Orange Grove or Ina Road exit off I-10.
Tucson is served by Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245) passenger rail service. The Sunset Limited, which runs between New Orleans and Los Angeles, stops in Tucson, as does the Texas Eagle, which runs between Los Angeles and Chicago. The train station is at 400 N. Toole Ave., in the heart of downtown. You’ll see taxis waiting to meet the train.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222 or 520/792-3475) connects Tucson to the rest of the United States through its extensive system. The bus station is at 801 E. 12th St.
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.