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Greater Phoenix is a region of Arizona surrounding Phoenix. The total area accounts for 4.8 million residents (2020 census) and is the 11th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Greater Phoenix/the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is also commonly referred to as "The Valley", the "Valley of the Sun", the "Salt River Valley" or just "Metro Phoenix".


Map of Greater Phoenix


  • 1 Phoenix – the capital and largest city in Arizona.

North Valley[edit]

East Valley[edit]

West Valley[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX IATA), +1 602-275-4958. In east Phoenix, 3 mi (5 km) from downtown Phoenix. All major US carriers serve Phoenix Sky Harbor with lots of flights to major cities across the country. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have hubs at Sky Harbor. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Q912916) on Wikidata Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wikipedia
  • 2 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA IATA). In the East Valley, south of Mesa and east of Gilbert. It is served mainly by Allegiant Air, although Vision Airlines also offers service from North Las Vegas. This is a small airport that is being redeveloped into a major regional airport. Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport (Q493759) on Wikidata Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport on Wikipedia

      For Alternative airports and Private aviation listings throughout Greater Phoenix, see: Phoenix - By plane

By car[edit]

There are 3 main routes into the Phoenix area:

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10 (I-10); – a cross-country route running east-west across Arizona, from Tucson and New Mexico to the south, to California to the west.
  • I-17.svg Interstate 17 (I-17) – an intra-state route running north from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
  • US 60.svg U.S. Route 60 (US 60) – running (generally) east-west across Arizona, from Globe and New Mexico from the east (also known as the Superstition Freeway), to Wickenburg to the northwest (known as the Phoenix-Wickenburg Highway).

By train[edit]

For more information, see: Phoenix - By train

Amtrak passenger train service to Phoenix has been discontinued, making it the largest city without Amtrak service in the US. The nearest station is 35 mi (56 km) south of Phoenix in the town of Maricopa and is connected to Phoenix, Tempe and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by an Amtrak Thruway shuttle bus (operated by Stagecoach Express) or by taxi.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

The Valley Metro bus system runs through the greater Phoenix area; the Valley Metro Rail light rail line connects Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.

By car[edit]





Go next[edit]

Outside the Greater Phoenix area and within Arizona:

Beyond Arizona:

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