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Airport Guide to Tucson International (TUS)

Airport Name

Tucson International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located nine miles south of Tucson.






520 573 8000

Airport Overview

Tucson International Airport (TUS) is the gateway to Arizona’s stark, beautiful, desert landscape. It is just six miles (10 km) from downtown Tucson and has good transport options to get passengers to and from the airport. There are fewer than 10 airlines offering flights to Tucson International Airport. Passengers can fly directly to Tucson from several cities across the United States, including Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Los Angeles.

The airport has a good number of restaurants as well as shopping opportunities ranging from golfing equipment to souvenirs and gifts. If none of those interests you, then the arts and culture program is sure to keep passengers entertained. A permanent exhibition and a number of temporary installations convey the culture and beauty of Arizona. Passenger feedback indicates that Tucson’s relatively small size means shorter queues and friendlier service than larger airfields.

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Terminal Transfer

There is only one terminal.

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Getting into Town

Taxi:  Taxis can be found outside the lower level of the terminal. Companies operating from Tucson International include AAA Airport Cabs LLC, Discount Cabs, Yellow Cab and Flash Cab. Rates start at $4.50 for the flag drop and $2.25 per mile. The trip into town costs approximately $22.

Bus: SunTran offers a shuttle service to and from Tucson International. Fares cost $1.50 and can be paid in cash on the shuttle. Routes No. 6 and No. 11 service the airport. The SunTran website provides current schedules for the service. The Tucson Airport Shuttle company offers a service between the airport and downtown Tucson.

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Car Parking

The Cell Phone Waiting Area provides free parking for drivers picking up passengers; it’s on Airport Drive, just before the TIA entrance. The parking garage is located alongside the terminal and costs $3 per hour or $9 per day. The hourly car park is opposite the terminal and costs $1 per 30 minutes or $12 per day. The daily car park is located just beyond the hourly lot and costs $1 per 30 minutes, $1.50 per hour thereafter and $9 per day. The cheapest parking can be found in the economy car park, which is on Tucson Boulevard. It costs $4 per day for uncovered parking and $5 per day for covered parking. The economy car park is serviced 24 hours a day by a shuttle that transports passengers to the airport.

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Information Desks

Information desks are located at the entrances to the terminal. Service phones are also available at the information desks and courtesy phones are located at various locations within the terminal. The Airport Ambassadors wear purple vests and can be found throughout the terminal.


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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, mailboxes and public telephones are all available at the airport.

Luggage: Luggage trolleys are available for passengers and the lost-and-found center is located on the baggage-claim level.

Conference and business: Meeting rooms are available for rent on the third floor of the terminal. Notary public services as well as fax and photocopying facilities are available at the lost-and-found desk from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. Computer workstations are located on the concourses throughout the terminal.

Other facilities: Shoeshine services, a military lounge, paging services, medical assistance, service animal relief area, massage chairs, and assistance for passengers with special needs.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is provided at Tucson International Airport. Simply connect to the airport’s wireless option and open your browser.

Shopping: For a modest-sized facility there is a great selection of products and shopping opportunities available. Golfing enthusiasts and sports fans will enjoy the PGA Tour Shop, while passengers wanting gifts or accessories should head to the Paradise Desert News and Gifts shop. For souvenirs, the Desert House “Trading Post” is well-stocked and Desert House Gifts has a fantastic selection of collectables and Southwestern souvenirs.

Food and drink: Passengers certainly won’t go hungry at Tucson International Airport, and those wanting a quick farewell drink before their flight will be pleased to know there are plenty of bar options at the airport. The Arizona Sports Bar stocks 24 different types of beer (on tap). There’s also a Baskin Robbins, Ike’s Coffee Bars and Jet Rock Bar & Grill. Passengers wanting a quick bite to eat or a sit-down meal should head to Taco Bron, Sky Asian Bistro, Cibo Express Gourmet Market, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Carmella’s Kitchen or Boar’s Head Deli.

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Car Rentals

On-site operators include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Thrifty and Advantage provide a pick-up service and can be contacted via the service phones in the car rental breezeway.