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How to get to Albuquerque International Airport


Albuquerque International Sunport / Image courtesy CABQ

There are quite a few transport options to and from Albuquerque International Sunport, the main airport servicing northern New Mexico. Located on the southeast side of the city near Kirtland Airforce Base, the airport is a quiet, clean and easy-to-maneauver transportation center. Whether by bus, train, shuttle, car rental or limo, there are plenty of options for getting to and from Albuquerque International Sunport.

Most people arriving to Albuquerque opt to rent a car. New Mexico does not have an extensive rail or public transportation network, so having your own car is usually the best way to see the sights during your stay in the Land of Enchantment. It's best to book your car rental in advance through a site like Travelocity. The car rental desks are located offsite at the Sunport Car Rental Center on University Blvd. Free shuttles transport guests between the terminal and the Car Rental Center every 5 minutes, departing from the 1st level of the airport terminal building. The car rental companies that operate at Albuquerque International Sunport are Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Public transportation options also operate between Downtown Albuquerque and the airport. ABQRide Bus No. 50 and No. 350 connect the airport with downtown Albuquerque's Alvarado Transportation Center and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train, allowing visitors direct transit to Santa Fe and Belen, and connecting buses to Taos (from Santa Fe Depot).  Bus No. 350, an express service, operates between 5:50 AM and 8:20 PM on weekdays, while No. 50 also goes between 9:45 AM and 7 PM on Saturdays. (Note: there is no Sunday service). Bus No. 222 connects Albuquerque International Sunport with Kirtland Air Force Base. General bus fares are $2.

If you are heading to Santa Fe, there are several options. The first is to connect to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train via the ABQRide buses listed above. The Rail Runner Express chugs between Downtown Albuquerque and Santa Fe Depot (the Plaza) in about 1.5 hours, with stops in Albuquerque's North Valley, Bernalillo and south Santa Fe. It costs $8 for a day pass, with a $1 discount for purchasing online. Weekend fares are slightly discounted, and discounts are also available to seniors, students and those with a disability card.

Another option for getting to Santa Fe from Albuquerque International Sunport is to take Sandia Shuttle Express, an express shuttle service that operates between Albuquerque International Sunport and many of the major hotels and destinations in Santa Fe. They run 26 shuttles per day and the cost is $25/per person one way, or $45 round trip.

If it's luxury transport you're after, several limousine services can be booked for private pick up at Albuquerque International Sunport. These include Star Limo and Carey Southwest Limousine. Taxis can also be arranged through Albuquerque Cab Company.

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