Arizona’s largest and busiest airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves more than 40 million passengers annually It is located 3 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix, meaning that getting to the airport from the city centre is usually pretty quick, although it’s always advised to leave plenty of time for delays that could crop up either during your journey or once you’re at the airport itself.
A plane soars over the hills near Sky Harbor Airport (Photo: redlegsfan21 via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)
When it comes to parking rates at Phoenix Airport, the option you choose will depend heavily on your budget and your desire for convenience. There’s both on site and off site parking provided by the official airport itself or by local companies. To help you find the best option for your preferences and needs, we’ve whittled down the choices to three, which you’ll find below.
Price comparison website – also known as ‘aggregator’ websites – are the best way to see a broad spectrum of deals. Way.com is an online service marketplace that does just this, not just for economy parking at airports but also restaurant bookings, movies and more. For airport parking, you simply punch in you dates of travel and it quickly brings up a full breakdown of deals it has sourced from across the internet. You can then book online or on the Way.com smartphone app. If you’re planning to park for a week or more, then you can usually find some very cheap parking deals. When we searched for phx airport parking, we found 13 options, starting at just $3.75 per day for a lot 2 miles from the airport. They usually offer a free cancelation policy too that remains open up to the start of your check-in period.
Official airport parking is usually the most expensive option, but if you want the security of an official provider then it’s the best choice. Parking at Phoenix airport costs from $7 per day, rising up to more expensive valet options. The East Economy Parking Lot includes both uncovered parking and Economy Garages A & B, as well as family friendly parking. From here, you can take the PHX Sky Train to Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 (a walkway to Terminal 2 is available at the Terminal 3 station), with trains running about every three minutes. Prepaid Discount Parking is for stays of at least a week and offers the convenience of parking in the terminal garage and walking to the gate at a reduced price. Reservations are available up to six months in advance. For valet parking, Terminal 4 has two options: curbside or garage drop-off, with extra services available.
Most people have tinkered with the idea of staying at an airport hotel, simply for the sheer convenience. But for frequent fliers faced with regular early departures or late arrivals, they are approaching a necessity. However, once you’ve added the cost of a flight and airport parking into the bargain, it isn’t a pretty picture. ParkSleepFly promise to keep your costs to a minimum by bundling packages together that include both airport parking and an airport hotel. When we searched for a hotel deal together with long-term parking near Phoenix Airport in June, we found 12 available packages. The cheapest was an overnight stay at Hotel del Sol Boutique, located 2.3 miles from the airport, which when bundled with a week’s parking would cost you just $69 – that’s a saving of $16 compared to booking them separately. The next cheapest deal was $79 for a one-night stay at the Econo Lodge Hotel, 1.5 miles away, plus parking – which would save you $13. Both deals also come with a free round-trip airport shuttle and a free cancellation policy too.