Phoenix Airport Maps & Everything You Need To Know!

Phoenix Airport Maps & Everything You Need To Know!

Phoenix Airport - PHX
Image Credit: PHX Airport

Phoenix Airport Maps and Travel Tips To Help Visitors Navigate America’s Friendliest Airport® Located In Downtown Phoenix.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, aka the Phoenix Airport or PHX for short, is one of the largest and busiest international airports in the US.

So, just what did the 46,288,337 passengers that traveled through PHX in 2019 have in common? Each journey was made smoother for those who knew the lay of the land of America’s Friendliest Airport.® Hence, Phoenix airport maps to the rescue!

In this article, chuck full of travel tips, we will provide you with Phoenix Airport Maps and everything you need to know about this large and busy international Airport located in downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Airport Maps & The Lay Of The Land

The Phoenix Airport is home to 20 airlines. Thus, knowing which terminal you will be flying in and out of can save time, mitigate stress and ensure smooth transfers between flights.

As one can see from the included Phoenix Airport map below, the airlines are listed by terminal. For example, American Airlines and British Airways both fly out of Terminal 4.

Overview Map
Image Credit: PHX Airport

Service Options Galore!

Not only is PHX America’s Friendliest Airport®, it’s also America’s Tastiest! Accordingly, you will find a variety of dining options including Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan choices.

To this end, having extra time on your hands may not be a bad thing! For instance, my partner is always a little nervous to fly. Therefore, to help ease tensions, we arrive early, get through security, and grab a bite and a beverage. Not only does this go a long way to ease stress, it kicks off our trip with a fun date!

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Speaking of lowering stress, what about knowing which Airport Clubs and Lounges have been impacted by COVID?  As of publishing this post, Delta Sky Club remains open, as does one of the three American Airlines Admirals Clubs.

Going beyond Restaurants and Airport Clubs, this is one airport that delivers on services! From world class shopping to their Airport Museum Program, visitors can explore a host of PHX options by simply heading to their Shops, Food & Services page.

Gates, Food & Shopping – Terminal 3
Image Credit: PHX Airport
Gates, Food & Shopping – Terminal 4
Image Credit: PHX Airport

One idea, for those budget conscious traveler looking to save on services. Researching special offers and clipping coupons prior to departure may be a way of saving some cheddar.

Prepare For Departure!

So many logistics come into play as one gears up for departure. Certainly, one hot topic of debate is when to arrive the airport. If at all possible, we get it just right by scooting through security and walking up to the gate just as boarding is called!

While on the topic of arrival, visitors are encouraged to heed expert advice and allow plenty of time when visiting this Downtown Phoenix Airport. To this end, one should arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights, and 3 hours if traveling internationally. This is especially important in the case of returning a rental car in these post-COVID days. Due to physical distancing requirements, one may anticipate longer than normal wait times when using the rental car center shuttle.

Handy Flight Updates & Security Wait Time Tracker

Have you ever scrambled to get to the airport only to find your flight’s delayed or cancelled? Furthermore, have you sat at a gate not realizing that it has changed, and you missed the announcement?

Both can be stressful situations when navigating a large airport such as PHX. Well, great news! We have a few tips that may help!

One tip is to check flight status prior to leaving for the airport. And how about while you are at the airport? Most carriers, such as American Airlines, keep passengers up to date with flight notifications. These up to date text and email alerts are tremendously helpful as a way of staying informed.

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Another timing consideration that can compound stress involves the dreaded security checkpoint. Well, PHX has you covered with their Security Wait Times tracker. This handy tool provides up to the minute wait times, by gate, for Terminal 3 and Terminal 4.

While we’re on the subject of security, did you know that there is a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center at PHX? In the event you haven’t already enrolled, this is one benefit to consider! Your 5-year, $85 TSA PreCheck membership allows you to speed through airport security. Awesome!

Parking Options Abound

If parking at the Phoenix Airport is in your plans, mapping out your preferred lot can go a long way in saving precious time. And how about remembering where you parked? If you park in the East Economy lot, QR Codes are posted at bus stops. Simply scan to receive a text or email reminder of where you parked, what a very cool convenience!

As for payment options, you can save time and up to 50% when you book early online. PHX offers multi-day discounts during the week and weekends to save you money. And an added bonus, no change or cancellation fees up to 24 hours before the start of your stay. ChaChing!

Avoiding Airport Traffic While Visiting PHX

One awesome way to avoid traffic is by dropping off or picking up your party at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station. Operating 24 hours a day, the PHX Sky Train® arrives every 3-5 minutes and transports travelers between Valley Metro Light Rail at 44th and Washington streets, the East Economy Parking area and airport terminals. Sounds good to us!

Rendezvousing with incoming travelers and wish to provide curb side hospitality? Why not! In the case that you arrive early, any one of the three cell phone waiting lots are just the solution! These lots are designated for drivers as they wait for passengers to deplane, pick up luggage, and walk out to the curb.

Every cell phone waiting lot is open 24-hours and offers free parking for 30 minutes or less. As a rule, leaving a vehicle unattended is not permitted. The lots east of Terminal 4 and west of Terminal 2 have about 90 parking spaces. The lot at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station has about 25 parking spaces.

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For those seeking public transportation options, check out the Valley Metro Trip Planner. This resource is designed to help you map out the ideal route.

Rideshare Info

Rideshare services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the time of writing this article, PHX had not been formally notified any changes by either Uber or Lyft.

Pick-up locations for rideshare service providers are as follows:

  • Terminal 3: South curb, west end outside door #4
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, north curb, far west end outside door #1
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, south curb, far east end, outside door #8

Cheers To Your Health & Safety!

Staying healthy while traveling, especially during COVID, is a top priority for most travelers. The Phoenix Airport health and safety information provides updates on safety measures and FlyHealthy.gov is the new U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services web portal that helps travelers navigate air travel experience.

For those counting steps, walking the Sky Harbor fitness trail can help bang em’ out! From Gate A30 to Gate D8, enjoy sights of Phoenix seen only from inside the airport: views of mountains, parks, and man-made wonders.

To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

This is certainly true as visitors pass through the Phoenix Airport, one of the largest and busiest international airports in the US.

We’re Curious … How You Are Preparing For The ‘New Normal’ Of Travel?

As the hospitality scene comes out of it’s post-COVID slumber and re-awakens as a redefined industry, just what will the ‘New Normal’ of travel look like?

Our team at GOeConcierge is interested in your opinion. What do you think the ‘New Normal’ of travel will look like and how will these anticipated changes impact you? If you have dusted off that wheelie bag, dipped your toe in and tested the waters, what have your experiences been so far?

About the author

Simply put, Tamara lives for travel and travels to live! With 25 years of bleisure travel under her belt, it is only fitting that she founded HospitaliYAY LLC, a 2020 start-up described as the perfect intersection between technology, travel, and hospitality.

Tamara and the HospitaliYAY team bring their unique tech and travel expertise to the eConcierge suite of products designed to help novice and experienced alike travel like a pro!

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