Getting Around Tucson

Getting to Tucson is easy. Tucson International Airport is served by 14 different airlines with nonstop service to 29 destinations, direct service (no plane change) to 37 destinations and connections to 125 cities. There are more than 80 flights departing daily with approximately 7,700 seats available. Some people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor and then take a shuttle to Tucson. In recent years the cost savings and the cost of shuttle service going up because of gas prices has made this less and less of an attractive option unless you don't care about time and really want to save money.

Amtrak Station: 400 N. Toole Ave., Tel. (520) 623-4442. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Tucson three times weekly in both directions, operating its Sunset Limited between Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California.

I-10 from the north and southeast, and I-19 from the south. I-10 from West Prince Road on the north side of Tucson to the I-10/I-19 interchange has been reduced to two lanes of traffic each direction and drivers aren't allowed to enter or exit the freeway between these points due to construction that is expected to be completed sometime in 2010. You need to exit the freeway and take the frontage road if you want to take any streets into downtown. This appears to have not created any major traffic problems in these areas, as locals appear to be avoiding the area altogether during commute times.

Greyhound Lines, Station: 471 W. Congress St., Tel. (520) 792-3475.

Tucson's transportation system will get you where you need to go.

By Bus. Extensive metropolitan bus system, Sun Tran it was awarded Best Transit System in 1988 & 2005 and serves the major part of the metropolis of Tucson. The city remains largely dependent on automobiles for transportation.

By Car. I-10 and I-19 are the only freeways in Tucson. East-west travel on surface streets above I-10 can be slow during the work day.

By Bike. Tucson is a bike-friendly community, and has an extensive system of bike routes and paths (but something you don't want to do in the summer unless you are experienced riding in very hot dry weather).

Old Pueblo Trolley operates weekend heritage streetcar service between the Fourth Avenue Business District and the University of Arizona. There are plans to extend it downtown, but no funds are currently allocated