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  • Train at the depot in Santa Fe
    Train at the depot in Santa Fe
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  • Commuter stop at Bernalillo
    Commuter stop at Bernalillo
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  • Albuquerque Greyhound Station
    Albuquerque Greyhound Station
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    Greyhound Services

    by Gillybob Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    Albuquerque Greyhound Station

    Greyhound services operate between Albuquerque and a number of locations throughout New Mexico and on to other states.

    I took the service from Albuquerque to El Paso, Texas. There are three daily services running from Albuquerque (NM) to El Paso (TX), two run in the early hours of the morning whilst the third leaves Albuquerque around teatime and arrives in the evening.

    I had originally planned to take an Amtrak train from Albuquerque and run through Gallup, Winslow and Flagstaff but found the train times inconvenient. The Greyhound service gave me lots of options and I eventually chose to go from Albuquerque to El Paso, then Tucson and Phoenix before heading to Flagstaff.

    By opting to take a one night stop in El Paso and then on to Tucson, I spent around half the time on the road and saved $10 than if I had opted to take the Greyhound website route from Albuquerque to Tucson which was via Flagstaff and Phoenix - worth bearing in mind when planning a road trip using Greyhound.

    Single tickets from Albuquerque to El Paso cost between US$26 and US$35, depending on the flexibility you require from your ticket (prices accurate at October 2012).

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    Road Runner Train

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    Commuter stop at Bernalillo
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    This is a commuter train as well as a short run to SAnta Fe. The rain appears to get a lot of people riding, mainly due to the traffic on the highway and the cost of driving. Most Indians cannot afford to spend a lot, or even own a vehicle. Pick up points are from ABQ downtown to Bernalilllo and beyond to pueblos to the north

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    One station - many options!

    by Gillybob Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    Albuquerque Greyhound station
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    Albuquerque is a transport hub for New Mexico, here you can take Amtrak's Southwest Chief service which travels west to Los Angeles and east to Chicago with numerous stops in either direction; this service departs from the Alvarado Transportation Centre.

    Also located to the rear of the Transportation Centre is the station for the New Mexico Rail Runner (see separate tip).

    Of course, the Alvarado Transportation Centre is also home to the Greyhound Station which serves to connect to towns around New Mexico, Arizona, the Southwest USA and onwards to the wider United States.

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    New Mexico Rail Runner

    by Gillybob Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    For those tourists visiting Albuquerque without a car, the New Mexico Rail Runner will give you an opportunity to get around some of the nearby towns, including Santa Fe.

    The Rail Runner offers an infrequent service (check schedule) which runs from Santa Fe in the north, down through Kewa, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Sandia Pueblo to Albuquerque and on to Isleta Pueblo, Los Luna to Belen in the south.

    Fares are very reasonable, ranging from US$2 for a single journey, through to a maximum of US$9 for a day pass (cheaper fares are available by purchasing your tickets online in advance). In November 2011 the return fare between Albuquerque and Santa Fe was US$8.

    Rail Runner trains give excellent views with their double-storey design and pass through stunning scenery, although there is a photography exclusion lasting some 30 minutes on the Albuquerque-Santa Fe route whilst it passes through Native American land.

    The trains are comfortable and offer a selection of seating options.

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    Transportation Without Car During Balloon Fiesta

    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a spectacular event attended by hundreds of thousands of people each year. Although Albuquerque is rather spread out, you can get along without a rental car if you wish. A specific alternative would be to stay in the Albuquerque Uptown area and use the Fiesta Express Park and Ride from the Coronado Mall to the Balloon Fiesta. There are many hotels and restaurants in the Uptown area. It is also serviced by the Rapid Ride Red Line, which also goes to many of the key tourist areas in town. The Red Line also goes to downtown where you can catch the Rail Runner if you want to take a side trip to Santa Fe.

    BTW, be careful of that Uptown hotel list. The Clubhouse Inn is in it and it is not in Uptown. Although it is a pretty good place to stay, the Clubhouse Inn is actually west of I-25. Also, all of the indicated hotel rates will be much higher during the Balloon Fiesta. The same goes for the restaurant list. Just check the map for the ones within walking distance, which is mostly the Louisiana-San Pedro-Indian School-Menaul quadrant.

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    New Mexico Rail Runner Express

    by bladedragon Updated Nov 25, 2010

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    This train is very convenient for traveling between Albuquerque to Santa Fe.
    You can either buy a ticket online or even on the train itself.
    Seating is available on a first come - first served basis.
    Purchasing a ticket in advance online does not guarantee a seat.
    However it does give discounted fare for ticket passes.

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    Rail Runner

    by Toughluck Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    New Mexico has added (2006) the Rail Runner from Belem (south of Albuquerque) to Santa Fe. It provides commuter support and numerous times that serve visitors well. We were able to stay in Albuquerque and run up to Santa Fe for the day. Low cost (less than the price of the gas to drive). Santa Fe has connecting public transport. It was relaxing, convenient, and all round great way to go.

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    Amtrak

    by Toughluck Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Transportation Ctr (Amtrak Station), Albuquerque

    Amtrak provides daily service from Chicago and Los Angeles. The California Zepher takes 2 1/2 days to cross the country, stopping an many places along the route. The Los Angeles train is 12 hours out, arriving from the west each day around noon. The Chicago train is 24 hours out, arriving after 3:00 p.m. each day.

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    Amtrak

    by Fewf Written Jul 31, 2006

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    The Lounge

    Definitely the most comfortable way to get here. The coach is a lot more comfortable than on any bus or plane, plus you have a dining car, a cafe car and a lounge car. Can't beat it. Unless you're willing to pay for a sleeper car, but that's expensive.

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    Rapid Ride is fast

    by dmac733 Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    Rapid Ride after Dark Albuquerque NM

    Albuquerque Rapid Ride is fast and cheep.
    Round Trip is one Dollar.

    The Bus Runs till 8 pm during the week.

    Destinations served by Rapid Ride include the Biopark, Old Town,Downtown,
    Presbyterian Hospital, University of New
    Mexico, Nob Hill, International Market, NM Expo at the State Fairgrounds, and Uptown.

    Consider driving to a free park and ride and then boarding

    Rapid Ride After Dark
    Friday and Saturday nights until 3 a.m. from Memorial Day weekend through September
    A security guard is stationed on each Rapid After Dark vehicle

    The bus goes east to west from Wyoming to Unser and stops at Uptown near Corando Mall.

    My daughter and I ride the bus from Uptown Bus Staion to Downtown Albuquerque for the Summer Fest during the summer. It is a fun and easy way to get Downtown and not have to drive.

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    Rapid Transit, Albuquerque Style ....

    by kymbanm Written May 22, 2005

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    cabq.gov website photo of Rapid Ride bus

    Our local transit / bus company has started a new route called Rapid Ride. This route follows Central Avenue / Old Route 66 through various neighborhoods including the west side, Old Town, downtown, the University area, Nob Hill, all the way to the Wyoming ..... a great option if you hate looking for parking or prefer to be a passenger :)

    They just announced the extension of Rapid Ride services on Friday and Saturday nights until 3 a.m. from Memorial Day weekend through September. Rapid service will run every 10 minutes until 8 p.m. and then every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

    Passengers using Rapid After Dark will be able to use their monthly bus pass or pay the $1 fare.

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    To and From New Mexico

    by SvetlanaL Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Entering New Mexico

    I took a bus down from Denver and a train back to Chicago. I would say that whatever your tastes, bus or train, do not miss the beautiful landscapes of New Mexico by taking an airplane. Wherever you are, if your schedule allows it, it's worth the extra couple of hours it will take you to get there.

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    Alvarado Transportation Center

    by JamesABQ Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    Alvarado Station

    In the center of the city, in downtown, sits the Alvarado Transportation Center. This newly built structure will serve as the hub for transportation in Albuquerque. Here, people will be able to catch the city bus, or perhaps a taxi. Greyhound, wich currently sits across the street from the center, will also move in and operate from there in the future. Amtrak also makes stops here and will have an office in the center when the second phase of the project is built. When Light Rail is up and running in the city, the rail will operate from and make stops at the center. Many bike racks are located here for bike riders to park their bikes while they attend to business in downtown. Built to look like the old Alvarado train station and hotel, the Alvarado Transportaion Center will serve almost all forms of transportation in and out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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