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Flagstaff Transportation

Getting There

Greyhound Bus Line has the most extensive network of buses serving Flagstaff. No reservations are required. Arrive an hour before scheduled departure at the bus terminal at 399 S. Malpais Lane, just southeast of downtown near the Jack in the Box restaurant on Milton Road. They’re open daily except holidays. To get to Flagstaff from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona Shuttle operates buses as another option.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief makes daily stops in Flagstaff from Los Angeles to the west and Chicago to the east with several stops in between. Amtrak offers reserved coach seating as well as private bedrooms on the route. The LA-Flagstaff route is overnight either direction, arriving at your destination in the early morning.
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) offers limited direct commercial service to Phoenix (PHX) via US Airways and Los Angeles (LAX) via Horizon Air, then onto connecting service worldwide. Check-in is generally quick, as are security checks, so arrival an hour before your scheduled departure is usually plenty of time. Pulliam has one terminal that is very easy to navigate, and it has free high-speed Internet, a bar/restaurant and small children’s play area. There also are several rental-car agencies. Pulliam Airport is located on the southwest end of town off Interstate 17. Many people prefer to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), then rent a car or take a shuttle for an approximate two-hour drive to Flagstaff.

Getting Around

Another way around Flagstaff is on a bicycle. Flagstaff is one of the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Communities.” There are 117 miles of dedicated bike lanes in Flagstaff, as well as 50 miles of bike-friendly trails in the Flagstaff Urban Trails System, which loops around town. You can rent a bike for getting around or recreation from Absolute Bikes and AZ Bikes, both downtown.
Several tour bus companies base guided trips of northern Arizona out of Flagstaff. Open Road Tours (800-766-7117) offers trips to the Grand Canyon, Navajo Reservation, Monument Valley, Petrified Forest, Antelope Canyon and other locales, and Silver Spur Tours (928-226-7212) hosts tours of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area. Additional guided-tour information can be found at Flagstaff’s Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website.
Public Transit
Public transportation is limited to Mountain Line bus service. It runs seven routes that loop the town. Routes repeat every 20 to 60 minutes depending on the time, day and route. You can expect some delays on schedules during school start and release times, as well as rush hour. In Flagstaff rush hour can be lunch time and closing time for city offices and NAU, which is 4:30PM in the summer and 5PM during the school year. Useful information about Mountain Line bus service: Weekdays from 6AM to 10PM; Weekends 7AM to 8PM; Holidays 7AM to 8PM; Route info and schedules online. More info by calling 928-779-6624, option 3 for route status and option 1 to speak with an operator. Day pass for unlimited rides: $2 for adults 18-59, $1 for seniors 60 and up, children 7-17 and disabledSingle ride (no transfers): $1 for adults 18-59, 50 cents for seniors 60 and up, children 7-17 and disable.
A Friendly Cab is the largest of several taxi services in the area. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering both online reservations and call-ins (928-774-4444). They also have car seats at no additional charge for children 80 pounds and lighter, or 5 years of age and under. A Friendly Cab also runs a delivery service of restaurant orders at standard rates, plus holding and delivery time. Sun Taxi (928-779-1111) and Northern Arizona Limousine (928-282-3364) also serve the Flagstaff area.
Flagstaff is fairly easy to navigate. Route 66 runs across town from east to west. Along the route you’ll find motels, hotels, restaurants and shops. The downtown area sits at the western side of town. If you’re staying downtown, getting around is easiest on foot. If you’re driving downtown, parking can be tricky to find. Street parking is limited to two hours but is free. The city also offers a free lot just south of the railroad tracks near the visitor’s center. Park there and walk around the area. Heading south from downtown you can drive to NAU on Beaver Street, which is one way heading south. Getting back into downtown from NAU take San Francisco, which is one way heading north. You can also get to the downtown area from Milton when it hits the city. I-17 comes up from Phoenix and turns into Milton. I-40 cuts across Flagstaff just south of NAU. Another main thoroughfare is Butler, which runs east to west just south of the railroad tracks. To avoid train delays, cross under the tracks on Milton or over the tracks at 4th Street and near the mall on an I-40 access road. Heading northwest out of town, U.S. Highway 180 goes past the Snowbowl to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Going northeast, Arizona Highway 89 takes you to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, an alternate route to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, as well as a route to the canyon’s less visited North Rim. You can also get to the South Rim by taking I-40 west to Williams then north on Arizona Highway 64 until it meets back up with U.S. Highway180. Heading south out of town, take Arizona Highway 89A through the scenic Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. You can also get to Sedona via a longer route on I-17 and Arizona Route 179. I-17 is the direct route between Flagstaff and Phoenix.