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How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico and is a must-visit if you’re in the area. With the desert on one side and the mountains on the other, it combines vast nature and unique architecture, offering exciting activities to all types of travellers. If your flight arrives at Albuquerque Airport, there are still different transportation options to choose from to reach Santa Fe. Taking an ABQ Airport taxi or private shuttle is the most convenient option and will take you there quickly and comfortably. If you’re looking for more budget-friendly options, you can take the train from downtown Albuquerque to the Santa Fe Depot station.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €160 65min 24/7
Train €4.50 90min 04:32–20:45

How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe by taxi

The fastest and most comfortable way to get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe is by taking a taxi or booking a personalised airport shuttle. Taxis operate in Albuquerque 24/7 all year long, so no matter what time your flight arrives, you’ll have a reliable and convenient transportation option that will take you to Santa Fe in about 65 minutes.

How much does an Albuquerque airport shuttle to Santa Fe cost?

Albuquerque taxis are required to use a taximeter for the entire ride to calculate the total fare. For longer routes, like from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, you can negotiate the price with the driver before you enter the taxi. The average price of a taxi for up to 4 passengers is $160 (€160). If you want to know the exact fare in advance, you can pre-book your ABQ airport taxi and secure a flat rate.

Cost

$160 (€160)

Trip Duration

65 min

This is the average cost for a standard taxi; prices might differ unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at ABQ Airport 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Albuquerque airport taxis are available 24/7 all year long. To find the official taxi rank, just head toward Door 2 on the baggage claim level.

Convenience

Choosing an Airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is a more pricey option but it’s also by far the most convenient one. Instead of checking online schedules and waiting for the next bus or train, you can pre-book your Albuquerque airport taxi and enjoy peace of mind; a professional driver with a private vehicle will take you directly to your destination quickly and comfortably.

Editor’s Note

Despite the higher cost compared to other transportation options, taking a taxi is ideal if you're travelling with your family or you're in a larger group and can split the cost. If you're travelling alone, it might be better to choose one of the other budget-friendly options to reach Santa Fe.

Useful Tips

Different rates apply among taxi companies for long-distance trips; if you don’t book your taxi in advance, you can negotiate the rate with the driver before starting the ride.
Most taxis in Albuquerque accept card payments but it’s best to carry some cash on you just in case.
Tipping your driver is at your discretion; a 10% tip is customary in Albuquerque, especially for longer-distance routes.
Make sure to ask for a receipt at the end of the ride in case you leave any personal items behind.
Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for all passengers in the state of New Mexico.

How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe by train

There is no direct connection from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe by train; you’ll first need to reach Downtown Albuquerque Rail Runner station, located in the Alvarado Transportation Centre, and from there take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (NMRX) to Santa Fe Depot station. The total journey will take you a little less than 2 hours, depending on how you’ll choose to get from Albuquerque Airport to downtown Albuquerque.

How much does the train ticket cost from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe?

A single train ticket from downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe costs $2.25 (€2.25) per traveller. You should also take into account the extra cost of getting from ABQ to downtown Albuquerque; you can take an ABQ airport taxi for about $20 (€20) or the bus for $1 (€1).

Cost

$2.25 (€2.25)

Trip Duration

90 min

Keep in mind that you'll need additional transportation to get from ABQ Airport to downtown Albuquerque.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The NMRX runs multiple times per day from 04:32 until 20:45 on weekdays and only a few times per day on weekends.

Where do I get the train from?

To catch the NMRX, you’ll need to head to Downtown Albuquerque Rail Runner station, which is located in the Alvarado Transportation Centre. Getting there by taxi will take approximately 10 minutes in light traffic.

Convenience

Taking the train to get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe is the cheapest transportation option, which can be convenient if you’re travelling on a budget. However, given that you’ll need to head downtown to catch the train, it takes both more time and effort, especially if you’re travelling with young children or you’re carrying many pieces of luggage. In that case, you would be much more comfortable taking an ABQ airport taxi, which will take you directly to your destination.

Editor’s Note

Getting to Santa Fe by train is the cheapest transportation option and a great choice if you're travelling alone and are an experienced traveller. Keep in mind though that you need to combine different means of transport to reach downtown Albuquerque first, which can be difficult if you're travelling with young children or many pieces of luggage.

Useful Tips

You can purchase tickets on the train, online or on the Rio Metro Ticketing App.
Children up to 9 years old can ride the train for free.
There are no assigned seats, even if you purchase an online ticket so make sure to be on time.
All New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Santa Fe to Albuquerque airport?

The distance from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe is approximately 107 kilometres. The journey by taxi or car takes about 65 minutes in light traffic.

How do I get from Albuquerque airport to Santa Fe?

Santa Fe is a popular destination in New Mexico and you can get easily there by flying to ABQ Airport. From ABQ Airport to Santa Fe, the direct option is to take an airport taxi. Alternatively, you can use the New Mexico Rail Runner Express from downtown Albuquerque to the Santa Fe Depot station.

What’s the cost of an airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?

Albuquerque taxis operate using a taximeter to calculate the total fare for any route. For longer trips, you might be able to agree on a price with the driver beforehand. A standard taxi for up to 4 passengers should cost $160 (€160) on average.

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