Tucson Transportation

Tucson TransportationAs Arizona's second largest city, Tucson is easily accessible by public and private forms of transportation. Interstate 10 passes right through this major city and offers convenient drives to all major regions in the southern parts of the United States. I-10 runs between the Los Angeles area in California and Jacksonville in Florida. Additionally, Interstate 10 directly links Tucson with Phoenix, Arizona's capital and biggest city. Drivers should be prepared to navigate through desolate deserts and valleys as they drive along I-10 throughout Arizona and other neighboring states.

Sun Tran provides public transportation service in Tucson and the surrounding communities. The Sun Tran network consists of more than 40 bus routes and a fleet of more than 200 Gilling buses. Many of the buses stop at the Downtown area and the University of Arizona campus. There are more than ten total express routes that circulate throughout Downtown Tucson. Additionally, there are several Sun Shuttle routes that offer service to outer communities such as Marana and Catalina. Located along East Congress Road, the Ronstadt Transit Center is a major transfer point within the Sun Tran bus network.

The bus transit center is conveniently located right next to the Tucson Amtrak Station, which is the only place in the city that offers rail service. Operating between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the Sunset Limited line offers convenient service to major cities in Arizona's neighboring states. The Texas Eagle trains run between Chicago and San Antonio and then continue on to Los Angeles. Both of these Amtrak services offer great opportunities to enjoy scenic journeys throughout the southwest en route to Tucson. Passengers should be aware that Amtrak service in Tucson is not available daily so it's a good idea to check the train timetables ahead of time.

Located about 10 miles south of the Downtown District, Tucson International Airport welcomes more than 1.5 million passengers each year into Arizona's second largest city. Arizona's second busiest airport is served by major U.S. airline companies such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines. However, Tucson International Airport offers a limited number of direct flights within the United States. Most of the nonstop destinations are to major cities on the west coast and southwest such as Los Angeles, Denver and Phoenix. The Sun Tran route 6 and route 11 stop directly at Tucson International Airport. After renting a vehicle from one of eight car rental facilities at the airport, passengers can drive directly to Downtown Tucson in about 15 minutes. Shuttles, limousines and taxis are also widely available in Tucson's main commercial airport.