Flagstaff or Phoenix Airport to Sedona?

Old May 11th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Flagstaff or Phoenix Airport to Sedona?

Flying out of LAX - my ultimate destination is Sedona and I know Flagstaff Pullam Airport is closer, but the plane that flies in there is a turboprop - 20 rows of seats. I have to take dramamine to fly on any plane, and I figure this one is going to bounce around going over the mountains. I guess Phoenix is the other option. Can you tell me how long it takes to drive to Sedona from each airport? I don't mind a longer drive time if it means not getting airsick!

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Old May 11th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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My husband did it out of Phoenix and I think it was about 2-2.5 hours driving... I'm with you on the turboprop... no way.. lol..
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Old May 11th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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We checked both airports, and the price of the Flagstaff flight landed us in Phoenix There is a free shuttle to the rental place, I think for all companies together, and it was easy to get our reserved van. We stopped for lunch on the way somewhere, and it was a nice ride for me.

Have you tried Bonine instead of Dramamine, makes you less sleepy.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 10:43 AM
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I think it's less than 2 hours from Phoenix to Sedona. The drive is easy and pleasant (once you find your way to the correct freeway). To me, not worth the extra cost and stress to fly to Flagstaff. Your call.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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elnap29 is right; we own property there and fly into PHX all the time. It's an easy drive and you're there before you know it. Sky Harbor airport is easily negotiated as well.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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I didn't realize it was cheaper to fly into Phoenix. Trouble is, we are renting a car and it's double to rent from Phoenix airport! Wow - I would have thought it would be cheaper at a smaller airport. For a week rental on a compact car, it's almost $400, even with a discount!!
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Dayenu - I haven't tried Bonine... thanks for the suggestion.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 12:41 PM
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I personally find turbo prop and small jets more fun to fly.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 12:51 PM
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It's about a 2 hour drive and no problem..just some traffic by the Metro and Anthem area.
I love the small jets and turbo prop Dash 80's too!

Did you try hotwire.com for car rentals?
It seems that car rentals all over the US are very high..
Stop and get a slice of pie at Rock Springs right off the freeway exit..yummy blueberry/blackberry crumb pie with some coffee.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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It is yummy. And the omelets are good too (although for omelets, an even better bet is The Coffee Pot in Sedona).
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Old May 11th, 2010, 02:38 PM
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If you search this forum, there were advices on how to rent cheaper in Phoenix (the city, not the airport)

On the top right click on Advanced Search, and look for other posts.
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sf..how's one of my fav's been?
I do love me those omelettes at Coffee Pot!
Wildflower bread company does a nice job too!
Have you been in that cowboy bar at Rock Springs Cafe?
It is truly out of the wild west..maybe get a pie to go and have an omelette and a bloody mary!
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Give yourself some time to get the car rental in Phoenix. You have to take a shuttle over to another building. We left everyone at the airport with the luggage and one person took the shuttle to get the car--saves you from having to take your luggage on the crowded shuttle van.
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If you're planning on a car rental, reserve a car from Enterprise in Tempe. It's very close by and so much cheaper, even if you have to get a cab to the rental office. The taxes in Phoenix are what makes the car rental prices so over the top ...
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:36 AM
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ksucat, we peeked at the cowboy bar, but it was about 10 a.m. -- omelettes and coffee (and pie) did the job!
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The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is very scenic and enjoyable. I just did it and it took about 2.5 hours, give or take, and I was in no hurry.

Flagstaff is much closer to Sedona, and also a lovely, scenic drive.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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JudyJay - is there a reason you use Phoenix instead of Flagstaff when you fly in there all the time? Seems a closer airport would be easier.


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Is Rock Springs the name of the town or the pie shop? "Right off the freeway exit" -- where? Sounds delicious!
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:31 PM
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Dayenu - I tried the 'advanced search', using phrases like "car rental in phoenix" and "cheap car rental", etc., but absolutely no results.
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http://www.rockspringscafe.com/

Not sure what town it's in!
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Old May 19th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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Is there a reason no one uses Prescott airport? It's closer to Sedona than Phoenix.
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