There are two main international airports in the region – Phoenix and Tucson. Depending on where you are flying from, one may be considerably more affordable than the other. TIP: if you are flying in with a group, you may want to rent a vehicle from the airport. If you book in advance, you may even be able to lock in great rates!
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Tucson International Airport (TUS)
- From further up in the U.S., take I-19 South from Tucson which is off Exit 260 along I-10 going through Tucson between Phoenix and El Paso.
- If you plan on driving your vehicle into Mexico, be aware that you must have auto insurance that is valid in Mexico.
- Rental cars from the US must have documentation granting authorization to the driver on the rental agreement to bring them across the border into Mexico; otherwise, you may be suspected of stealing the car.
- Driving around the city is a real hassle. Expect bumper-to-bumper traffic inside the city, and moderately congested traffic along Highway 15 south. You may want to consider parking your car once in Nogales and getting around on foot. Most people simply park their cars in Nogales Arizona, and walk across the border into Mexico.
- If you are walking across the border from the United States into Mexico, do not forget your passport, US Passport Card, and/or your alien registration card (commonly called the “green card”). You are required to have such documentation to cross into the US side of the border. A driver’s license is acceptable documentation for US Border police – only if it is issued from a US state that participates in the Enhanced Drivers License program (at the time of writing this entry only drivers licenses issued from: Michigan, Vermont, Washington state, and New York are acceptable). Lack of such items will prolong your ability to cross the border, as you’ll be subjected to questioning demanding proof of US citizenship or legal residence status.
- Please be aware that there are Border Patrol checkpoints along all North-South roads from the border.
Amtrak Sunset Limited – passenger train service between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Stops include Pomona, CA; Ontario, CA; Palm Springs, CA; Yuma, AZ; Maricopa, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Benson, AZ; Lordsburg, NM; Deming, NM; El Paso, TX; Alpine, TX; Sanderson, TX; Del Rio, TX; San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Beaumont, TX; Lake Charles, LA; Lafayette, LA; New Iberia, LA; and Schriever, LA.
Texas Eagle – passenger train service between Los Angeles and Chicago. Stops include Springfield, IL; St. Louis, MO; Little Rock, AR; Texarkana, TX; Dallas, TX; Ft. Worth, TX; Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; El Paso, TX; Tucson, AZ; Maricopa, AZ; and Los Angeles, CA.
For a complete list of stops, you can view the train route guide HERE.
Greyhound bus lines offer trips to Tucson and Nogales.