Car hire Phoenix: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Phoenix

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Car hires in Phoenix: practical information

Where to rent a car in Phoenix

On the way to Phoenix? Arizona’s capital is a treat but you’ll need a Phoenix car hire to get around while you’re there. Pick one up at the city’s Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). There are thirteen car hire companies located in the arrivals lounge including Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget and other local ones like Fox and Firefly. You'll spot them after you pick up your luggage when you disembark from your flights to Phoenix.

You can also hire a car in the city centre. You’ll find the usual international brands, many of the same ones that are located at the airport, so it’s flexible whether you want to drop off your car in the city centre or at the airport at the end of your holidays in Phoenix.

Driving in Phoenix: parking and other tips

Phoenix is a very car-friendly city and you’ll almost definitely need one if you stay outside the metro area. The city roads are laid out as a grid and most roads are numbered based on their distance from the city centre.

Parking is relatively easy in Phoenix. There are plenty of central car parks and most all hotels in Phoenix will have parking facilities available for their guests. To be sure, call ahead or check the hotel descriptions on when you launch a search.

Road trips from Phoenix: what to do, what to see



Sedona is a small but gorgeous city in Arizona, about 120 miles north of Phoenix. The Red Rock Hills in the background are gorgeous. The town is famous for its festivals too, not only its stunning scenery. The International Film Festival, the Arts Festival and the Jazz Fest are just the beginning.

Historic site

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Located near Camp Verde is the most incredible cave dwelling that was built and lived in by pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 700 AD. The structure is five stories and took around 500 years to build. It’s called a castle but it’s really more like a “prehistoric high rise apartment complex.” It’s a must-see!

San Diego

San Diego

This coastal Californian city is an easy side trip from Phoenix and a must for its pretty beaches on the Pacific Ocean, great nightlife and cultural neighbourhoods. Visit Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, grab lunch in La Jolla at a funky coffee shop and get a taste of the microbrewery scene too!

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