At the crossroads of several major highways, Flagstaff is a mountain town that can be secluded, but is never remote. It is the hub of commerce in Northern Arizona, with access to the east/west Interstate 40, the north/south Interstate 17 that runs to Phoenix and other major roadways that lead to the Grand Canyon, Page and Sedona.
The city’s Pulliam Airport, five miles south of downtown, offers several U.S. Airways daily flights to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.
Flagstaff started out as a railroad town and is a major stop along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line, with hundreds of freight trains running each week. Flagstaff is also a regular east/west Amtrak stop.
The Greyhound bus station in town has several daily departures and arrivals, and several tour and bus companies offer shuttle service to Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, the Grand Canyon and other surrounding areas.
Flagstaff also boasts of a comprehensive bus system, Mountain Line, which offers convenient and reliable transportation throughout Flagstaff and the NAU campus.
For those who get by on their own power, Flagstaff is a very bicycle-friendly city. FlagstaffBiking.org promotes bicycling as a safe and attractive means of transportation and recreation in Northern Arizona. Each year it sponsors the Bike to Work Week for the community, teaches bike safety to children and organizes trail work events to maintain and construct bike trails throughout the area.