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Getting In and Around Tempe

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Tempe is one of the easily accessible cities in the Phoenix Metro area. There are many ways to get into Tempe. Travelers can fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is located about 10 minutes from Tempe. Hopping on a train is also a convenient option. And of course, the roadways offer an easy access to Tempe for those keen to travel by bus or car. It is easy to navigate in the city. Tempe is served by a public transit system and also the streets are easily navigable by bike, car or foot. Read further to know about the ways of getting in and around Tempe, AZ.

Getting to Tempe

Getting to Tempe by Plane

Tempe is served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is about 2 miles northwest of Tempe. It is just a 10 minute drive to downtown Tempe.

Address: 3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States
Phone: 1 602-273-3300

To and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Shuttles, buses, rental cars and taxis are available at the airport. The METRO Light Rail offers a link between the Downtown Phoenix and Tempe, and provides an extensive that links directly to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. 

Getting to Tempe by Rail

Downtown Tempe Rail network
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The Valley Metro Light Rail connects the cities of Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix. This service runs through Tempe from the neighboring cities of Phoenix and Mesa. Tickets can be bought from the kiosks at every station. Day passes are available. The METRO Light Rail line offers service between Downtown Phoenix and Tempe.  

Valley Metro Rail Line in Tempe-
Address: 322 E Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-967-0527

Getting to Tempe by Bus

Valley Metro provides bus service to Tempe from the neighboring cities of Mesa and Phoenix. Circulators are available from Phoenix. To know about the bus routes, visit the official website


Getting to Knoxville by Car

Price Freeway Tempe
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Tempe is accessible by many major highways that include Loop 101 following the east border, I-10 near the western border, U.S. Route 60 east-west through the center of Tempe, and Loop 202 running the northern side.

Getting to Knoxville by Bike

Tempe is accessible by several bike routes. The downtown Tempe has many bike routes. You can reach the downtown area from Phoenix via the Mill Avenue Bridge. 


Getting Around Tempe

Getting around Tempe is easy by bicycle, bus, rental cars and taxis. Also, it is a pedestrian-friendly city. 

Getting Around Tempe by Bus

Valley METRO bus
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Valley Metro provides bus service in Tempe. The City of Tempe has neighborhood circulator services known as “Orbit” that uses mini-buses, and “Flash”. These buses are wheelchair accessible. 

Orbit Neighborhood Circulator:  It is a free bus service serving the residential area and several attractions, shopping, entertainment venues. It circulates in downtown Tempe and the Mill Avenue District, and also connects to the Valley light rail station. The routes of the Orbit are named after “Planets”. It operates from 6:00am until 10:00pm from Monday to Friday, every 15 minutes, and seven days a week. To know the fare and bus routes, click here.  
  • Mercury: It circulates between the Escalante Center and downtown Tempe through Eighth Street/Lemon Street/Hayden lane. 
  • Venus: It travels between the Broadway Road/ Beck Avenue and downtown Tempe via 5th Street/Farmers Avenue/ Roosevelt Street.  
  • Earth: It connects the downtown area with Tempe Marketplace via north Tempe neighborhoods. 
  • Mars: It circulates between the US 60 and the Broadway Road via McClintock drive to the eastern border. 
  • Jupiter: It travels between the Tempe Public Library and the downtown Tempe via Dorsey Lane and College Avenue.
The Flash Neighborhood Circulator: It is the free local area shuttle service that has several routes in Tempe. It circulates in north Tempe around the Arizona State University and the Mill Avenue District.

Getting Around Tempe by Bicycle

Tempe is a bicycle-friendly city. It has several bike lanes along some major roads, thus connecting several points of interest and urban areas. Downtown Tempe is easily accessible by bike.

Getting Around Tempe by Rental Cars

There are several rental car agencies operating in Tempe.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 1120 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-784-5995
Avis Car Rental
Address: 1412 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-994-9376
Budget Car Rental
Address: 1412 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-994-9088

Rent A Vette Phoenix
Address: 1215 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-941-3001

MHD Exotic Luxury Car Rental Phoenix
Address: 425 S McClintock Dr #10, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-414-0499

Hertz Rent A Car
Address: 8030 S Autoplex Loop, Tempe, AZ 85284, United States
Phone: 1 480-421-4856


Getting Around Tempe by Cabs/Taxi Services

Tempe Taxi
Address: 1804 E Southern Ave #5, Tempe, AZ 85282, United States
Phone: 1 480-406-5030

Apache Taxi
Address: Tempe, AZ, United States
Phone: 1 480-804-1000

Citi Cab Arizona
Address: 834 W Duke Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283, United States
Phone: 1 480-588-0566

Clean Air Cab 
Address: Tempe, AZ, United States
Phone: 1 480-777-9777

Arizona Taxi Cab Company
Address: Tempe, AZ, United States
Phone: 1 480-332-1192

national cab / taxi tempe
Address: 1235 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283, United States
Phone: 1 602-459-6868

Indigo Taxicab Company 
Address: 1001 S Mariana St #4, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-734-9597

Tempe Cab Company
Address: 700 E Mesquite Cir, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Phone: 1 480-666-0422

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