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Austin to Phoenix drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Austin to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Austin to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Austin
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:29 am  Fredericksburg (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:29 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:56 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:56 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:34 pm  Fort Stockton
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Fort Stockton
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:42 pm  Van Horn
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:42 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:26 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:24 pm  Chiricahua National Monument
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:24 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:26 pm  Tucson
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:10 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Austin, Texas.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Fredericksburg (Texas)  (21 answers)
    questions about Fredericksburg (Texas):
        What's the best neighborhood in Fredericksburg (Texas) for a first time visitor?
Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)
Fort Stockton  (3 answers)
Van Horn  (2 answers)
El Paso  (23 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX
Chiricahua National Monument  (2 mentions)
Tucson  (42 answers)
    El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)
    Ventana Canyon Trailhead  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tucson:
        What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA
        Best free things to do in Tucson?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Phoenix, Arizona.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Want to research more popular hotels in Phoenix? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Phoenix? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Phoenix?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (10 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

 Dea Gianson from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

 Katie MCarthy from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

 Hillary Rosen from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Phoenix.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Phoenix to Austin drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Austin to Phoenix. Or get a full Austin to Phoenix flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Austin well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Austin!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,009 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 21 minutes
Phoenix is 2 hours behind Austin
164 Austin travel answers
21 Fredericksburg (Texas) travel answers
3 Fort Stockton travel answers
2 Van Horn travel answers
23 El Paso travel answers
42 Tucson travel answers
103 Phoenix travel answers





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