Skyscanner is the ideal platform to budget for the cheapest car rentals in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and save money to explore the city. Simply book a discounted rental car, check in at the rental car center, and drive off on one of the most memorable road trips, or day trips, from Phoenix without any strict itinerary.
Phoenix Airport Car Rental Tips
Travelers looking to for low-price car rentals at Phoenix Sky Harbor will delight in the number of budget companies available. A free shuttle runs every few minutes and is located outside of Baggage Claim in every terminal. Plan ahead as the shuttle does make multiple stops at each terminal. Use the touch screen traffic and navigation map to check approximate travel times in the Phoenix area before leaving the Rental Car Center.
Whether traveling solo or with a crowd, browse the different vehicle sizes each car rental provider offers, typically ranging from "Economy" size to pickups and luxury cars. Companies like Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise operate 24 hours a day but be sure to check the specific rental provider's office hours. The Rental Car Center offers a help desk from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (MST) every day, except weekends and holidays.
Driving Around Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
The airport is just north of the Salt River and situated along major highways, giving renters the ease in navigating to their preferred destination. Discount car rentals at Phoenix Sky Harbor come with a full tank of gas at pick up.
To make the drop-off time accordingly, be mindful of peak traffic hours in both the downtown area and surrounding highways. March is one of the busiest months for travel in Phoenix, so expect more traffic and activity to and from the airport especially on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. If flying with American, Southwest, or United Airlines, use the Phoenix Sky Harbor Rental Car Center's Early Bag Check service, valid up to two hours before departure.
Things to do in Phoenix
The downtown area is minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport consists of about 100 square blocks bustling with robust gastronomy, lively entertainment, and educational centers like the Phoenix Art Museum and Heritage Square. Parking in the downtown area is easy, especially if travelers are willing to pay for space in one of many secure parking garages. Use a web service like Parkopedia to view available spaces, prices, and map the distance from the lot a particular landmark or destination.
Although the car rental area is located in an industrial zone, the airport and rental car area are about 15 minutes from the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens, less than two hours from the impressive hiking areas and infamous red rocks of Sedona, and just over two hours from the mountainous pine region of Flagstaff.
Having a rental car gives travelers the control to discover all the beauty Arizona has to offer. The major plus for visitors with only a short stay in Phoenix is the express 10-minute drive from the Rental Car Center to the downtown area.