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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Phoenix Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

What to expect

  • PHX is a bright and modern airport with plenty of shopping and dining options. Of all the Sky Harbor terminals, Terminal 4 has the best variety of options and amenities.
  • Check-in and security lines can be long and slow during busy hours at the airport. Allow yourself some leeway by showing up early for your flight.
  • Terminals 3 and 4 are connected by PHX Sky Train automated people mover. Terminal 2 is linked to Terminal 3 by covered walkway.
  • Sky Harbor is modest in size, but the walk between groups of gates is deceptively long. The scenic walkways between Gate A30 and Gate D8 are even officially known as the “Sky Harbor Fitness Trail”. Get some exercise while enjoying scenic views of Phoenix!
  • After the last of the day’s flights arrive, airside shops and eateries shut down for the night, turning the terminals into virtual ghost towns.
  • Terminals 2 and 4 have at least one 24-hour restaurant in the pre-security (landside) area. If you are airside you will find 24-hour options in Terminals 3 and 4. Meals that contain less than 3 ounces of liquid can be brought through security.
  • Due to the accessibility of the airport by mass transit, there are reports of homeless people inside the terminals at night.
  • The airport provides free (and unlimited!) WiFi. See our WiFi section below for more info.

Where to Sleep

  • Be prepared to sleep on the floor. The airport has updated their seats, so the majority now have armrests.
  • Traveller reviews mention loud overhead announcements, loud TVs and hourly fire drills blaring from 1AM - 4AM. Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones are recommended.
  • There are no airport hotels on site. See our Airport Hotels section for nearby hotels with free airport shuttles.

Good to know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • If you have some time to kill, consider taking the free PHX Sky Train. Accessible from all three terminals, the PHX Sky Train links the airport to the Phoenix Metro Light Rail system, a low-cost and easy way to travel to/from central Phoenix, downtown Tempe and Mesa. See our Airport Transportation section below for more info.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Club at PHX lounge passes

FEATURED LOUNGE: The Club at PHX is accessible to all travellers regardless of class of service or airline. Save $5 when you buy a lounge pass online (US$ 35) [ more lounge info ]

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • United Club - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Concourse 2, near Gate 7. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00)   •   United Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, Concourse A, above Gates A7 and A9. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00)   •   Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, Concourse A, between Gates A19 and A21. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00)   •   Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, Concourse B, above Gates B5 and B7. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00)   •   Admirals Club Membership.
  • The Club at PHX - This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. Location: Terminal 4, Airside, at the end of N4 Concourse (Gates B15 - B28). Hours: 8:00AM - 3:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 40.00)   •   Special Promotion: Save $5 when you Buy a lounge pass (US$ 35.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)  •  Priority Pass.

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Military Lounge

USO Lounge - USO Arizona provides active military members and their families a VIP area with sofas and chairs, computers, large-screen televisions, games, a kitchen and children's play area. Books, snacks, soft drinks and water. Access: free of charge. Location: Terminal 4, pre-security on Level 2, East End. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available throughout Sky Harbor Airport. Connect to the "Free PHX Boingo WiFi" network.

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Airport Hotels