One of Phoenix’s crowning jewels, the Desert Botanical Garden is a premier destination for learning about Sonoran Desert plant life, attending fun community events, and hosting private gatherings. Considering planning a group trip here? Thankfully, the Garden is a group-friendly destination with lots of options for creative trip ideas or private events, all made easier with a Phoenix charter bus by your side. Read on for the most comprehensive guide to planning a group trip to the DBG in Phoenix.

Traveling to the Desert Botanical Garden

Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phone: 480-941-1225

There are a few different options for transportation to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, especially if you’re traveling from downtown. Depending on the size of your group, some modes of transit may be better than others:

  • Car: The Garden is about a 15-minute drive from downtown or just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Driving a personal vehicle is a good option for small groups of 4 or less.
  • Valley Metro Rail and Bus: The Desert Botanical Garden is accessible via light rail and bus route. From downtown Phoenix, ride the rail east toward Mesa and get off at the Priest/Washington stop. From there, you can take the northbound Valley Metro Bus Route 56 to the Garden.
  • Taxi/Rideshare: If you have a group on the smaller side (like 2-5 people), you can take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft from anywhere in the Phoenix area to the Garden.
  • Charter bus rental: Our network includes Scottsdale charter bus rentals, Mesa charter buses, bus rentals from Tempe, and bus rentals in other cities in the Greater Phoenix area.

Renting a Phoenix Charter Bus to Visit the Garden

While there are multiple ways to get to the Desert Botanical Garden, a Phoenix charter bus rental is likely the most convenient, simple, and affordable way to travel there with a group of people. You can choose from a variety of charter buses for rent, including minibuses for groups between 18 and 25 passengers and full-size motorcoaches for up to 56 people. Curious about charter bus prices in Phoenix and if our services fit into your budget? Give us a call at 480-445-9823 and speak with a reservation representative about your options.

Desert Botanical Garden Group Trip Planning

From special occasions and private parties to field trips and group tours, there are numerous ways for you and a group to enjoy the Desert Botanical Garden.

Events & Exhibits

The Garden has a full calendar of fun community events and unique exhibits you can plan to visit. A general admission ticket includes entry to most events, and something is happening nearly every day. Plan a trip to enjoy events like  “Music in the Garden,” which brings live concerts to the Garden every Friday (seasonally), or “Majestic Mariposas,” a living exhibit in the springtime featuring more than 1,000 Southwestern butterflies.

Docent Tours

Available every day, you can explore the Garden with up to 15 people on a docent-led tour. You can stroll five different trails and learn about the variety of Sonoran Desert plant life, fragrant herbs and blossoming flowers, and other desert plants from around the world. If you’re planning a day with family and friends, you can also reserve a group table at Gertrude’s Restaurant for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Field Trips

Teachers, camp counselors, and scout troop leaders can plan an educational excursion to the Desert Botanical Garden. Want to minimize the hassle of traveling with young kids? Rent a charter bus for a school field trip and enjoy entertainment amenities (like TV screens with a DVD player or a WiFi hotspot) while on the road.

Hosting a Private Event at the DBG

When it comes to event venues in Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden is hard to beat. With half a dozen spaces to choose from, it’s easy to plan picture-perfect private parties like birthdays, family reunions, anniversaries, and more. For large parties with numerous attendees, a private charter bus rental will simplify everyone’s transportation and ensure a safe ride home at the end of the event.

Corporate Events

The Garden is a popular Phoenix option for corporate functions and company parties. Host a conference in the Webster Auditorium, conduct an annual award ceremony in the Amphitheater, or have a team-building event in the Whiteman Conference Room. You can book a bus rental for your corporate event with us and ensure your employees or colleagues travel safely and comfortably on company time.


Getting hitched in Phoenix? Whether you’re planning a large celebration or hosting an intimate ceremony, the Desert Botanical Garden has the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding day. With four flora-filled venues to choose from—like the enchanting Steele Herb Garden or the spacious Dorrance Center—your wedding event is bound to be one for the storybooks. Plus, transporting guests from a hotel or the airport will be a breeze if you rent Phoenix wedding shuttles with us.

Group Tickets and Admission

Groups between 15 and 30 qualify for a discount and can purchase group tickets to the Garden online. However, if your group is 30 or more people, you must contact the Garden directly to reserve space and a time to visit. Educational groups and school groups should also contact the Garden for admission.

Charter a Bus to the Desert Botanical Garden

Whether you’re planning to host a blow-out bash at one of the Garden’s venues or you’re traveling with children for a field trip, you can trust Phoenix Charter Bus Company for transportation. If you have a headcount, trip date, and any special accommodations you need to request, contact us at 480-445-9823 to discuss your trip and get a free, no-obligation quote.