Getting there & around
The Alvarado Transportation Center (1st St & Central Ave) houses ABQ RIDE (505-243-7433; www.cabq.gov/transit; 6am-10pm), the public bus system. It covers most of Albuquerque on weekdays and hits the major tourist spots daily (adult/child $1/35¢). Most lines run until 6pm. ABQ RIDE Route 50 connects the airport with downtown (last bus at 8:30pm; no weekend service).
Greyhound (505-243-4435, 800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com, 320 1st St SW) is next door, and serves destinations throughout New Mexico. Twin Hearts (505-751-1201, 800-654-9456) leaves four times daily for Santa Fe ($25), Taos ($50), Red River ($55) and Angel Fire ($55).
Though the Albuquerque International Sunport (505-244-7700; www.cabq.gov/airport; 2200 Sunport Blvd SE) is New Mexico’s biggest airport, it’s still relatively small. Most major US airlines service Albuquerque, though Southwest (800-435-9792) has the largest presence. Cabs to downtown cost about $25.
The Southwest Chief stops daily at Albuquerque’s Amtrak station (505-842-9650, 800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com; 1st St & Central Ave), heading east to Kansas City, Missouri ($160, 18 hours) and beyond, or west through Flagstaff, Arizona (from $54, five hours), to Los Angeles (from $61, 16½ hours). Service to Santa Fe ($34, 1½ hours) involves transferring to a bus in Lamy, 18 miles south of Santa Fe.