Although there are many ways to get to the city, such as airplane, bus and train, getting around the city is a different story. Albuquerque lacks when it comes to public transportation. There are many bike trails throughout the city but travelers would have a hard time finding them. Bus is ok, if you don't mind the wait. Taxi's are also avaliable but you can't flag them down like in larger cities, here you have to call them to come pick you up. They will charge an arm and a leg to take you to your destination, wherever that may be. Light Rail, there are plans to build a Light Rail system but that won't happen until 2006. So the best thing I can recommend for getting around the city is car. At least until something better comes up.
New Mexico isn't very good about north/south or east/west on their street signs.
You have to know what town or city your are heading towards to get your bearings ... so take a few moments to note the next big town on your route from a map - this will help those of us w/out a compas or GPS stay on the road in the direction we REALLY wish to travel :)
Getting around Albuquerque is a pain in the wallet. For those of you renting a car, they offer affordable rates but taxes are about 24% on rentals! Two different cabbies told me that this is the 'Land of Entrapment' , a spin on New Mexico's motto 'Land of Enchantment' as this is the only US state where entrapment is legal.
Since I am without a drivers license, I cabbed it everywhere. Not smart. Cabbies are friendly, but since everything is so wide-spread out here it takes quite the time getting from place to place. $
The locals know the bus system is a tragedy and when I passed it, it was very deserted with inconvient scheduling. The Amtrak/Greyhound Station downtown scared me and I highly recommend an update. There are cute lizards painted on the walls inside to try and uplift the place, but it has much more potential.
If you're driving here, great, but pity the soul who needs to get around Albuquerque without a license.
Getting around ABQ is easiest by car. For families, older people, the lazy, etc., there's just no way around it. There are places, like Old Town, where you can park the car and walk around for an afternoon, but the city is so spread out, walking isn't practical unless you're some kind of super-fit speed-walker. The only alternative is to bring a bike. (I have no idea if ABQ has any bike-rental places, but I'll look into it.) If you're used to biking at higher elevations and don't mind being surrounded by cars driven by people with absolutely no regard for the color of the traffic light, well, this would be your kind of thing.
Getting around Albuquerque pretty much requires that you have a car. Only a few areas, such as Old Town and Central Ave. in the University / Nob Hill area, are pedestrian friendly. There is some sparse bus service, but don't plan to stay out after 6 or 7 pm if you're relying on public transportation.
Two major Interstate Highways cut throught the city. I-40 runs East to West. I-25 runs North to South.
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