Getting Around Flagstaff
The best way to get around Flagstaff is by car. Although there is a public bus that makes regular routes throughout Greater Flagstaff, a personal vehicle will give you the most freedom to explore the best things to do and dining scene on your own time. Although there are pedestrian-friendly areas, such as the Historic Downtown and Railroad District, the city is too spread out to get around on foot alone.
The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) is located about 5 miles south of downtown Flagstaff. The airport is small and only welcomes flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is the next closest airport about 150 miles south. You won't be able to book a nonstop trip directly to Flagstaff, unless you're coming from Arizona's capital. From the Flagstaff airport, visitors can take a taxi or rental car into the city. Amtrak and Greyhound also operate out of Flagstaff.
Located at the intersection of Interstates 40 and 17, Flagstaff offers a fairly straightforward driving experience. Although driving around town is pretty easy, finding parking spots, especially downtown, can be another story. Locals tend to sidestep the frustration by biking or walking downtown during prime times. Quick tip: If you're en route to the Grand Canyon, head through Oak Creek Canyon for the most scenic route. Rental car companies, including Hertz, Enterprise and Avis, are located at the nearby airports and around the city.
There are a number of taxi companies that operate in Flagstaff, but you likely won't be able to hail them from the street; you'll have to call to arrange pickup, or have your hotel's concierge do it for you. Some of the top-rated companies include Sun Taxi & Tours and Apex Taxi. Check the Flagstaff CVB website for a full list of area taxi companies with phone numbers. Uber also services the Flagstaff area.
Downtown Flagstaff is very pedestrian-friendly, but to get farther afield, you'll need your own wheels. Visitors will also note that a lot of Flagstaffians are accompanied by canine companions: Flagstaff is a big dog-loving city.
Flagstaff offers the Mountain Line public transportation system, which is a network of buses that run eight routes throughout the city and surrounding area. An adult one-way fare costs $1.25, while an adult day pass costs $2.50. You can purchase bus tickets on the buses themselves, at the Mountain Line office or online. Since many of the best things to do are spread out, the bus isn't the most convenient means of transportation for visitors.
Explore More of Flagstaff
If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.