What’s the best route from Omaha to Phoenix?

Is it cheaper to drive from Omaha to Phoenix, or should I buy plane tickets? I’ve been planning a trip to Phoenix since last summer, but now gas prices are really high and I’m worried that I’ll pay more for driving than I would pay to fly.

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on May 20, 2022
The best route from Omaha to Phoenix is as follows:
  1. Take I-80 W to NE-44
  2. Turn onto US-34 W
  3. Merge onto US-283 S/Nebraska Ave
  4. Follow the signs for KS-383 S, then continue onto US-83 S
  5. Turn onto US-40 W
  6. Take US-287 S to CO-96 W/State Hwy 96
  7. Follow the signs for E 5th St, which later becomes US-350 W
  8. Merge onto I-25 S
  9. Exit to I-40 W and begin following the signs for Phoenix
A one-way trip from Omaha to Phoenix will cost you about $223.10 in gas alone. Since the drive is just under 20 hours, you’ll also need to pay for overnight stays along the way. This could drive the price of the trip even higher.
Round-trip plane tickets from Omaha to Phoenix will cost you between $200 and $600, depending on when you plan to leave and return—so flying might be the more economic option if money is your main concern.
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