Getting to Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Mayo Clinic in Arizona is centrally located for visitors from New Mexico, Colorado, California, Nevada, and Utah. The Phoenix and Scottsdale campuses of Mayo Clinic are easily accessible by air, bus or car if you're traveling from the greater U.S. or even overseas.
If you're planning to fly to Phoenix, you have two options:
Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). This is the largest airport in the state. It serves most major airlines and is a major hub for American and Southwest Airlines.
Sky Harbor is about 23 miles from Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, and about 26 miles from the Phoenix campus. You can travel this distance by taxi, limousine, and scheduled van services or rental car.
Sky Harbor prides itself on its accessibility and offers many services for travelers with special needs, including:
- Wheelchair services
- Accessible restrooms with caregiver access
- PHX Sky Cart, an electric cart service for travelers who need help getting between terminals
- Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). A smaller commuter airport, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway is the home of several budget airlines including Allegiant, Swoop, and WestJet. It's 37 miles from Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, and about 45 miles from the Phoenix campus.
Helpful hint: Airlines sometimes offer special discounts for people traveling to Mayo Clinic. Ask your travel agent or airline for details.
Greyhound Lines, Inc. offers service to Phoenix from across the U.S. For tickets and information, visit the Greyhound website.
FlixBus is a low-cost bus service that connects Phoenix to Flagstaff, Las Vegas and Southern California. For tickets and information, visit the FlixBus website.
Amtrak no longer offers direct service to Phoenix. The closest Amtrak stop is one hour away at the Maricopa Station (MRC) on the Sunset Limited line. From there, you can get a rental car or shuttle bus to downtown Phoenix. For more information, visit the Amtrak website.
Travel within the city
Situated in the heart of the Arizona desert, the greater metropolitan Phoenix area is a sprawling, modern city covering over 500 square miles. Because of the distances, access to a car is strongly recommended, especially if you aren't staying at one of the on-campus lodging options. Having a car will let you get to your appointments and take advantage of local Phoenix/Scottsdale attractions. There is something for everyone, if you have time and energy between appointments, including:
- Thousands of restaurants
- World-class shopping
- Movies, theater, dance and live entertainment
- Professional sporting events, including Major League baseball, NBA basketball, NFL football, NHL hockey
- Theme parks and other family-friendly attractions
If you won't have a car, the area has several cab companies and is an active Uber and Lyft destination. You can learn more about all this location has to offer at Visit Phoenix or Experience Scottsdale.