The City of Tempe provides a variety of options for getting around the community – including riding the bus, bicycling, walking, and, soon, light rail. Tempe is just minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.
Sky Harbor International Airport offers flights on more than 20 major airlines and non-stop flights to more than 100 cities around the world. The airport is just a few minutes away from downtown Tempe.
The 20-mile Valley Metro Rail line connects Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, serving employment, activity and cultural centers, downtown Tempe, ASU and Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe is the only city in Arizona to have border to border service. One of the nine stations is the Tempe Transportation Center, which connects light rail to more than a dozen bus routes, and provides passenger amenities, ticketing and bicycle parking. Please visit www.tempe.gov/tim or Valley Metro for more information.
Bus service in Tempe is second to none in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with service 365 days a year, and 15-minute peak-period service from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some routes run until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday.
Tempe provides bus service on all major arterial streets approximately 20 routes throughout the city. Buses in Tempe connect with routes in Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale and Phoenix. All of Tempe’s buses are wheelchair accessible and have bicycle racks accommodating two bicycles. Commuters can also take advantage of four free shuttles connecting the ASU campus, downtown Tempe and our neighborhoods.
Commuting by bicycle in Tempe is convenient and economical, with more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout Tempe. More than 3.5 percent of Tempe residents use a bicycle to get to work and most major destinations in Tempe have bicycle parking. Tempe was named one of 14 cities across the United States to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
Walkscore.com named Tempe the best city in Arizona for walking. Our downtown scored an 80 out of a possible 100 points for ease of walking, with the rest of the city scoring a 62.