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Transportation at its Finest

There’s no doubt about it – travel can be a hassle these days. But we’re happy to tell you that getting to and from Scottsdale has never been easier! With three airports serving the area, leisure travelers and meeting goers can anticipate a smooth landing in greater Scottsdale. And once you’re on the ground, the options for getting around town range from rental cars, luxury limousines and executive coaches to souped-up golf carts and more.


Smooth Landing

Named “America’s Friendliest Airport” by passenger vote, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main facility serving the Scottsdale area and is located an easy 15-minute drive from Old Town. Sky Harbor welcomes more than 120,000 domestic and international passengers each day, processes more than 1,200 arriving and departing flights daily, and offers nonstop service to more than 146 destinations worldwide.

Conveniently located nine miles north of Old Town, Scottsdale Airport is the ideal choice for corporate jet travel. This premier airport is one of the nation’s busiest single-runway facilities, recording more than 195,000 takeoffs and landings each year. International clients who have made an appointment can further streamline the process by having U.S. Customs greet them on the tarmac upon arrival.

And for those who prefer to fly Allegiant airlines, Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport is located approximately 40 minutes from Scottsdale and offers service to more than 35 cities in the continental U.S.


Ground Transportation

Getting around Scottsdale is easy with a wide variety of traditional and out-of-the-box options. For leisure visitors, the usual rental cars, airport shuttles and taxis are solid options, but why not shake things up with something a little more unexpected?

  • Try Waymo's autonomous vehicles around town! Using the Waymo One app, riders can hail a car without a human operator and get where they need to go.
  • JoyRides AZ Scottsdale Tours provides golf cart transportation in Old Town, as well as a variety of guided experiences ranging from wine tasting and culinary adventures to an introduction to the area's best Instagram walls.
  • If you like a good mystery, Puzzle Rides combines the fun of a treasure hunt with the challenge of an escape room on their 75-minute escapades through Old Town.
  • The Arizona Party Bike is a 15-passenger merrymaking machine that cruises around Old Town on pedal power (yours), making stops at three popular bars and pubs along the way. 
  • And for groups, add in luxury motor coaches, shiny limousines and executive sedan, and trolley charters to help your group explore Scottsdale in style.