|Bus$128 | 1d 10h 56min||Flight$386 | 7h 34min||Bus169 lb of CO2|
It's 1118 miles between LKE to PHX. On a typical day, it might take between 18h 57min and 19h 54min from LKE to PHX under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 20h 51min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to PHX by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.
We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $150.
Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.
For these medium length trips, it's important to book your tickets as soon as possible. While there are flight, bus, train or by car transportation options available, the sooner to book the better. While prices for buses or trains might not fluctuate as much as flights, their availability certainly will. It's recommended to book these flights at least 2 weeks away, but even more if you are able. Shuttle service may be available to PHX. If you're traveling with a large group, you should probably take a shuttle as it will reduce the price per person. Alternatively, there are shared shuttle services available. With this option, you'll want to book as soon as possible to allow the shuttle service enough time to coordinate your pickup and dropoff.
While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to PHX is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the LKE/PHX buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from LKE is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between LKE and PHX during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!
The plus side of taking the train from LKE to PHX? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of PHX traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to PHX is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.