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Sky Harbor Airport Connection to METRO Light Rail

Connect to the Commuter Train from Phoenix Airport

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PHX Sky Tain - Airport People Mover

PHX Sky Tain

© Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

METRO light rail began regular service in Phoenix in December 2008. Sky Harbor International Airport developed a bus shuttle service to connect passengers going to and from the Phoenix airport with METRO Light Rail. Beginning in April 2013, a people mover replaced the buses.

Here is a photo tutorial about PHX Sky Train, who should use it and how to use it, including my tips and recommendations.

Is there an easy way to connect from Sky Harbor Airport to METRO Light Rail?

Yes, there is. The PHX Sky Train connects passengers to METRO Light Rail. This is the first phase of the PHX Sky Train, which transports people between METRO light rail at 44th Street and Washington, the East Economy parking lot and Terminal 4.

What about Terminals 2 and 3 and the Rental Car Center?

Those will be added to the PHX Sky Train route in future phases. About 80% of Sky Harbor Airports' passengers use Terminal 4. If you want to get to the Light Rail station and you are arriving at Terminals 2 or 3 (there's no terminal 1) you'll take the silver Inter-Terminal Shuttle Bus to Terminal 4 and connect to the PHX Sky Train to get to the METRO Light Rail station. The Rental Car Center will continue to be served by the green shuttle buses until a later phase connects the PHX Sky Train to that facility.

Note: If your departure airport is Sky Harbor, and you are leaving out of Terminal 2 or 3, your best bet for on-airport parking is either at those terminals or the West Economy lot. From there you will take the traditional Inter-Terminal bus shuttles. This map gives you a visual representation.

How Does the PHX Sky Train / METRO Light Rail Connection Work?

If your destination is somewhere along the 20-mile long METRO Light Rail alignment, you can get there without having to pay for a taxi or renting a car.

  1. For Terminal 2, take the shuttle to Terminal 4. The shuttle stop is in the middle of the terminal, right outside the main doors.
  2. For Terminal 3, take the shuttle to Terminal 4. There are two shuttle stops, both on the Baggage Claim level. One is at the north curb (outer curb, use the crosswalk east of Door #7) and one is at the south curb (outer curb, west end, across from Door #2).
  3. At Terminal 4 go to the 3rd level (where the gates and shops are) and board the PHX Sky Train.
  4. The PHX Sky Train will take you to the 44th Street and Washington METRO Light Rail stop.
  5. The PHX Sky Train is free. To ride the METRO, you need to pay the fare.
  6. METRO runs from about 5 a.m. to midnight daily, later on weekends.

Here is a map of the Phoenix Sky Harbor shuttles and PHX Sky Train routes for connecting to METRO light rail.

Tip: If you are going to the Rental Car Center, the PHX Sky Train will not take you there. Sky Harbor has a different set of shuttle buses that take people to the Rental Car Center.

10 Things to Know About the PHX Sky Train

  1. There is no charge to use the PHX Sky Train.
  2. The current route takes less than five minutes.
  3. The PHX Sky Train is electrically-powered. There are no human operators on the train.
  4. It operates 24 hours per day (even though METRO Light Rail does not), 365 days per year.
  5. You won't have to wait more than four minutes for the next train.
  6. East Economy Parking and the 44th Street METRO station offer Early Bag Check for travelers checking bags on Southwest or US Airways flights. There is no additional charge for that service.
  7. PHX Sky Train stations have boarding pass kiosks.
  8. A cell phone lot has been added at the the 44th St. METRO Light Rail station.
  9. By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train will serve Terminal 3. Passengers using Terminal 2 will use the connecting walkway from Terminal 3. In its final stage of construction, the people mover will continue to the Rental Car Center.
  10. PHX Sky Train received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

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