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The transit authority for the Phoenix area is Valley Metro. Valley Metro provides a variety of light rail, bus and local shuttle services to the Phoenix metro area, also serving: Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler, among others. Some of these cities have free circulator routes that connect to major transfer points for VM services.
Valley Metro bus routes cover a very large service area, running on many major roads. Most routes run every day, every 30 minutes or better. On weekends they may have reduced service or lower frequencies of up to 60 minutes. Other details are provided in the Valley Metro Transit Book, available at many locations.
At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the information counters at can direct travelers to a copy or provide one. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport also has volunteer "greeters" wearing purple jackets called Navigators that can direct travelers to a copy and provide information, and Downtown Phoenix also has ambassadors ready to help and answer questions. Bus route 13 and the Metro Rail serve the airport. You may also find VM scheduling information here: Valley Metro Schedule Info.
Valley Metro Rail is the public urban rail system that serves downtown and central Phoenix, as well as the airport and the neighboring cities of Tempe and Mesa. Service operates daily from 5 A.M. to about 4 A.M. the next morning.
Trains depart every 15 minutes from 5 A.M. to 8 P.M; every 20 minutes from 8 P.M. onward to 4 A.M. The rail is routed to pass every major sports venue and important feature from the Central Phoenix Spectrum Mall, south through downtown, and east through Arizona State into Mesa. The route and stations are decorated with a variety of art, much of it reflecting Phoenix's desert location and events from its past.
Valley Metro fares are very affordable for visitors. A single ride on a bus or light rail is $2 for adults. The more affordable option is a day pass, which costs only $6 if purchased on-board a bus, or $4 if bought at a vending machine, located at all light rail stations, as well as at sales retailers. 7-Day passes for $20 are also available at machines and retailers. A list of the businesses which sell VM passes can be found here: Sales retailers
Large bills and more than 15 bills cannot be accepted for a transaction, and exact change will be required if purchasing on-board a bus.
To take the Valley Metro Rail from the Airport, use the free PHX Sky Train from Terminal 3 or 4, which runs to the 44th Street and Washington Valley Metro Rail station. Travelers flying out of Terminal 2 can take a short walkway to Terminal 3 to access the PHX Sky Train. For more information, visit www.skyharbor.com/PHXSkyTrain. The PHX Sky Train and airport shuttles run 24/7, 365.
In addition to Valley Metro's bus and rail services, there is the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH). This is a free shuttle bus system that serves Copper Square and other parts of downtown. Routes and schedules vary somewhat with days and events, but expect to have regular service to most spots in the area from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The DASH does not operate on weekends.
Here's an overview map of some recommended places to go in Phoenix, with many accessible by the light rail: Click here to launch the map. Zoom in to see the individual stations. Major attractions you can reach by the light rail include the midtown Phoenix museums, the cool new Burton Barr Central Library, Downtown Phoenix, and Arizona State University / Downtown Tempe / Mills Avenue area).
For additional assistance, see Valley Metro's site at: http://www.valleymetro.org/. You may also call customer service at 602-253-5000. Weekdays 6 A.M. Saturdays 7 A.M.-7 P.M., and Sundays from 8 A.M.-5 P.M. Call center is closed on major holidays.