You can get around Phoenix on foot, using a bicycle, or using public transportation like the light rail or city bus. Sometimes not having a personal car is a great way to save money. Even occasionally requesting a ride from a paid ride share service might be the best way to save you or your family from spending other money for transportation. Sometimes, it makes the most sense to spend a little more on individual rides to save the bigger expenses.
It can also just be nice not to have to be the driver.
If you can keep your family to one or no personal car by using the other options, it might save hundreds of dollars a month on gas, insurance, and car payments. Or, if you can avoid renting a car while visiting, it can save hundreds of dollars in just a few days.
Here are some helpful resources to find information about the light rail and bus system in the Phoenix area.
- Google Maps can help identify a way for you to travel by public transportation, walking or bicycling.
- Review the Phoenix bus and light rail maps and schedules.
- Use the Valley Metro trip planner.
- Learn more about getting to and from the Phoenix SkyHarbor airport.
- If you’re here for Spring Training or visiting Arizona State University, learn about the FREE Tempe Orbit neighborhood shuttle.
There are ways to save money when using ride share services.
- Try to travel during less-busy times. The cost varies with demand, so if everyone else is trying to get home from work or a night out at the same time, you’ll pay more. Leave a little earlier or stay a little later. Prices are usually lower during the weekdays from around 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. In the evenings, the prices are likely to be a little higher, but they go up even more around midnight.
- Use promo codes. If you can’t use them yourself, maybe you’re traveling with someone who could. For instance, often you only can use codes if you’re a new rider.
There are also ways to save money when using public transportation.
- Understand the fare structure and don’t pay for more than you need.
- Valley Metro offers a discount if you pay for longer periods of time. For instance, for local bus and light rail, a 7-day fare is $20. But, a 15-day fare is only $33. If you only need one ride, though, you can pay just $2.
- People age 6 to 18, over 65, on Medicare, or with disabilities may be able to get reduced fare on Valley Metro.
- Phoenix residents who qualify may also be able to use the Dial-a-Ride service which will help get from door-to-door.