Getting Around Albuquerque
The best way to get around Albuquerque is by bus. ABQ Ride operates bus routes throughout the city, making it easy and affordable to get from one neighborhood to another. Once you've reached a specific district, you'll find it fairly easy to explore on foot. ABQ Ride also offers transportation to and from Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), which is located less than five miles south of the downtown area. However, if you're looking to take a daytrip into the mountains, a rental car will come in handy. Rental agencies are available at the airport and in town.
|On Foot||Albuquerque's individual neighborhoods are relatively easy to navigate on foot. Old Town attractions are close together: Several notable museums and kid-friendly attractions—including the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Albuquerque Biological Park—are within walking distance.|
ABQ Ride operates numerous bus routes throughout downtown Albuquerque and the immediate suburbs. Buses run every day from around 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., depending on the route. One-way rides cost $1 for adults with discounts for seniors, students and children. If you plan on using the bus frequently, consider investing in a multi-day pass; prices range from $2 to $6, depending on the number of days.
ABQ Ride also offers free shuttle service, the D-RIDE, around the downtown area. Shuttles operate from 6:30 a.m. to 5:33 p.m., Monday through Friday.
|Car||You'll need a car for traveling outside the city limits. Rentals are available in town or at Albuquerque International Sunport. There are two main arteries through Albuquerque: I-40 runs east to west, while I-25 runs north to south. However, to get a taste of historic Albuquerque, you can also rely on old Route 66, which connects such major areas as Old Town, downtown and the University of New Mexico.|