Public transit in Chandler is limited, especially compared to other transit options in Arizona cities. Car rentals in Chandler will give you greater accessibility throughout the city, particularly in areas outside the downtown area. Visitors to Chandler should take advantage of the city’s proximity to Phoenix, which is much easier to visit with your own vehicle.
The two commercial airports that service the Chandler area are Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Phoenix-Mesa Gateway offers Chandler rental cars in the Charles L. Williams Terminal, with the pickup lot just north of the terminal and within walking distance. At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Rental Car Center is a separate building with free transportation provided to and from the airport via shuttle. The shuttle leaves every few minutes from baggage claim levels in both terminals. Car rentals in Chandler are commonly picked up and dropped off at these two airports.
Traffic circles are gaining popularity in Chandler and Arizona, so if you are not familiar with the rules of navigating a traffic circle, you should review them before attempting to drive in the city. For those that are planning to visit downtown Phoenix, visitors often have difficulty avoiding the METRO Light Rail tracks. If you have the ability to park and ride the METRO itself, that will be easier. Another challenging aspect of the Chandler area is the 202 Loop, which connects the Red Mountain Freeway and the Santan Freeway. The name is misleading, as it is not actually a loop, but a curve with three sections. If your directions indicate to "exit at the 202 Loop," check to know which exit you will be taking before you drive.
The rush hour traffic of Phoenix can spread to impact Chandler’s freeways and side streets, generally from 3pm to 7pm. If you are visiting Chandler in the summer, you may be driving during the monsoon season, which can bring heavy rain, wind, and dust storms that will reduce visibility and make driving extremely dangerous. Do not attempt to drive during a monsoon. If you are driving during a rainstorm, pay attention to signage indicating areas that are susceptible to flooding. The "Stupid Motorist Law" of Arizona will hold you responsible for the cost of your rescue if you ignore signs and attempt to drive through standing water that strands you.
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On average a hire car in Chandler costs C$ 44 per day.
The average gas price in Chandler is C$ 5.97 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 72 and C$ 95, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Chandler.
A Intermediate car rental in Chandler costs C$ 29 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Chandler costs C$ 58 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Chandler costs C$ 76 per day, on average.
In Chandler, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 1401 North Arizona Avenue (2 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Chandler costs C$ 310 per week (C$ 44 per day).
On average a rental car in Chandler costs C$ 1,327 per month (C$ 44 per day).
If you are visiting during monsoon season, rent a compact SUV or larger vehicle in order to remain safe should you get caught in a mild rainstorm. Outside of the monsoon season, the weather in Chandler and the surrounding area is generally quite warm. You might prefer a smaller vehicle, such as an economy or compact car if you are planning to drive into Phoenix, as the crowded streets can be challenging to navigate.
Speed limits within the city are generally 30mph or lower, with strictly reduced speeds near safe zones, such as elementary schools. On the freeways and interstates surrounding Chandler, the speed limit is usually 55mph or 65mph for sections that pass through cities and 75mph for rural areas. However, pay attention to signs indicating that you are entering a "Safety Corridor," where you can be ticketed for speeding even 5 to 10mph over the limit.
The City of Chandler offers several free parking garages in downtown Chandler, many within walking distance of the most popular spots in this area. The Oregon Street garage is located between Oregon and Chicago streets, and the City Hall parking garage is on South Washington Street. The city provides seven total locations to park for free in addition to a free shuttle called The Wave for visitors that need a ride from their car to their destination and back.