Albuquerque Travel Guide

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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 5 miles south of the downtown area. If you'd like to take the bus into town from the airport, head to the west end of the lower level and look for the No. 50 bus. Keep in mind: 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. Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, also operate in the Albuquerque area.

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 ABQ BioPark – are within walking distance. If your feet need a break, you can hop on one of the downtown area's bike-share rentals, BICI. Trips less than 90 minutes are free; each hour after that costs $3. But if you're trying to reach attractions outside the downtown area, such as the Sandia Peak Tramway or the Paseo del Bosque Trail, you'll need a set of wheels.

Public Transport

ABQ RIDE operates numerous bus routes throughout downtown Albuquerque and the immediate suburbs. Most buses run every day from around 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., depending on the route. Bus route No. 66, which runs along Central Avenue, runs from 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. during the week and until 1:45 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it operates from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. 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 multiday pass; prices range from $2 to $6, depending on the number of days. ABQ RIDE also offers free, looped shuttle service, the D-RIDE, around the downtown area. Shuttles operate from 6:30 a.m. to 5:33 p.m., Monday through Friday. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express offers commuter rail service, which connects downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe and Belen, New Mexico.

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: Interstate 40 runs east to west, while Interstate 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.
Taxi

If you don't rent a car, but still need to reach attractions outside the downtown area, relying on taxis or ride-hailing apps may be your best bet. Taxis congregate around hotels, but are few and far between elsewhere. Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, service the Albuquerque area and will be easier to rely on than local cabs.

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