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9 Things to do on a layover at Phoenix Airport

Passing a layover at an unfamiliar airport can really suck all the fun out of travel. The good news is a layover at Phoenix Airport offers plenty of ways to avoid boredom. Here are suggestions for 9 things to do on a layover at Phoenix Airport – who knows, you may even enjoy yourself!

1. Enjoy a bite to eat

Airport DiningYou won’t be starved for dining options here. Dozens of eateries are available, ranging from quick to-go kiosks to casual spots and more leisurely sit-down restaurants. Try Mexican food at Blanco Tacos and Tequila, Los Taquitos, and Barrio Cafe. For something fancier, head to Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar. You’ll also find plenty of quick options, like Smashburger, Starbucks, Wildflower Bread Company, and other delis and cafes. A couple eateries stay open 24-hours, both before and inside the secured areas.

2. Relax in a lounge

Airport LoungesNeed to catch up on work? Wanna hang out in a quieter spot? An airport lounge may be exactly what you need. The Club at PHX provides access to any traveller, regardless of your airline or flight class. That means even if you’re flying Economy, you can enjoy the unlimited food and drink, solid WiFi, TV and news, and comfy setting that the entry fee will get you. Simply pre-book online or use your lounge membership program. A few more lounges cater to travellers flying American or United. See our Phoenix Airport Guide for details.

3. Go shopping

ShoppingWhether you’re a big spender or simply a window shopper, you have plenty of options here. Shops both pre- and post-Security serve up the usual array of convenience, travel goods, books, and souvenirs. Roosevelt Row in Terminal 2 is a good spot to pick up locally-made items, and Cactus Candy offers ready-to-go packages of prickly-pear cactus candy, an Arizona favorite.

4. Get pampered

Visit one of 2 XpresSpa locations for some relaxing me-time, where manicures, pedicures, chair massages, and more are available.

5. Walk the fitness trail

Look at the positive side: a long layover means you have plenty of time to get in your daily steps. An easy way to do it is following the FitPHX walkway, with connects Gates A30 and D80.

6. Visit the museums

The Phoenix Airport Museum has set up several exhibitions throughout the airport, highlighting area culture and history. Terminal 2’s exhibitions is focused on Grand Canyon photography, while Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 feature paintings, fabrics, storytelling, sculptures, and more from local artists.

7. Sightseeing

Layover SightseeingTired of killing time in the airport? Head out and explore the bustling metropolis of Phoenix. Sky Harbor Airport is located in the middle of it all, just minutes from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, home to Arizona State University. Due to travel times to and from the airport, we only recommend this option if you have at least 6 hours before your next flight.

For speedy service, hop on the PHX Sky Train and switch to the Valley Metro Rail to reach downtown Phoenix, where you can visit top museums like the Heard, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Musical Instrument Museum. Taxis and airport shuttles are available to get to other nearby destinations. Old Town Scottsdale is perfect for strolling, shopping, and getting a bite to eat. The Desert Botanical Garden, in Tempe, is a perfect place to get in touch with nature without going too far. Craving some adrenaline? Hike Camelback Mountain or hit the Echo Canyon Trail.

However your spend your layover, be sure to leave plenty of time to get back to the airport and catch your next flight.

8. WiFi

Catch up on work or your social media thanks to free and unlimited WiFi.

9. Sleep

Airport SleeperSleeping isn’t much of an issue here, provided you can find a spot to cozy into. Seats and benches abound, but most are fitted with armrests. For a full stretch-out, the floor is probably your best bet. If you’re camping out for the night, do expect a lot of noise, especially frequent fire drills blaring between 1AM – 4AM. If this sleeping style isn’t your thing, opt for a hotel. Several are located within a few minutes’ drive of the airport, and many offer free shuttle service. Locations and details are listed in our Phoenix Airport Guide.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Phoenix Airport. Visit our Phoenix Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.