Travel & Transportation

For up-to-date information on travel into Tucson, go to the website MTCVB
posted by the Metropolitan Tucson Visitors & Convention Bureau

Tucson is served by nine airlines with daily departures to 15 nonstop destinations, and connections around the world. For the best deals on airfare, visit Tucson airport's airfare portal, Tucson is also serviced by Amtrak rail service.

Go To: New York Times article "36 Hours in Tucson"


Tucson Airport to Westin La Paloma: NAISA Local Hosts and a6 conference services have negotiated with Arizona Stagecoach for a reduced group rate for transportation from the Tucson airport to the Westin La Paloma. Click HERE for instructions on how to book, and map to shuttle pick-up site at the airport.

Car rentals are also available at the Tucson International airport.

Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona is an alternate airport that often is cheaper to fly into than Tucson. Be advised, however, that the distance between the cities is approximately 120 miles, a two hour drive in good conditions.

Phoenix to Tucson by car:
I-10 is the connecting interstate highway, and it is heavily traveled. I-10 is subject to closures due to accidents and dust storms (once very 2-3 months, at least) so if you choose to rent a car, bring good maps. There are alternate "back routes" along state highways (Highway 60 East from Phoenix to Florence Junction, Highway 79 south to Florence and continuing south to Oracle Junction, Highway 77 south into Tucson). There are east-west connections at various points between I-10 and Highway 79 at local highways 187, 287 and 387, but detailed maps are essential.

Driving Directions from Phoenix to Tucson:
From Sky Harbor airport, Phoenix, take I-10 EAST to Tucson. You will travel approximately 102 miles from Sky Harbor to the appropriate Tucson exit at Ina Road, which is on the far northwest corner of Tucson. If you reach downtown Tucson, you have gone TOO FAR.
Take the Ina Road exit (Exit #248) and at the end of the exit ramp, turn LEFT/EAST. Ina Road changes names as it heads east -- after you cross Oracle Road, slightly east of the intersection of Ina and North First, Ina changes names to Skyline, and then approximately 2 miles later changes names again to Sunrise.
Westin La Paloma is at 3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Phone: 520-742-6000) ,a straight line 10 miles east from I-10.

From Phoenix Airport to Tucson by shuttle:
Commercial shuttle services operate between Phoenix and Tucson, all require booking reservations in advance. See, for example:

Arizona Shuttle (one way $34, roundtrip $74) 1-800-888-2749. Pick-up/drop-off site in Tucson at 5051 W. Ina Rd Requires taxi to Westin La Paloma (about 10 miles), shuttle driver can call dispatch to arrange for cab to meet you at drop-off site.

Tucson Phoenix Express (one way $31.50 roundtrip $63 -- but I could not get their online reservation system to work). Tucson pick-up/drop-off point Wendy's northwest on Orange Grove, requires taxi to Westin La Paloma.