Tucson’s small-city airport (TUS) is wonderfully user-friendly—security lines are rare, check-in is quick, short-term parking is just steps from the terminal. The airport is about 20 minutes by car from downtown, 30-35 minutes from most major resort hotels. Major carriers include U.S. Airways, United, Alaska, Continental and American. The rental-car facility is also on-site, a four-minute walk from baggage claim. Allow 20 minutes to reach the airport from downtown; 35-45 minutes from the major resort hotels. Taxi fare is about $25 downtown, but can reach $50 to and from outlying resorts. Bargain-hunting travelers can sometimes save on airfare by flying into Phoenix (PHX), which has hundreds of daily flights from around North America and Europe, and taking Arizona Shuttle’s buses to Tucson.
Amtrak’s Texas Eagle Sunset Limited lines serve Tucson from Texas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego; there are four arrivals/departures a day. The station is at 400 E. Toole Avenue, on the northeast side of downtown; 520-623-4442. Arizona Shuttle provides frequent, handy service to and from Phoenix airport to Tucson locations (not including the airport). The trip takes about two hours, and round-trip fare is $74; 520-795-6771, 800-888-2749.