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How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos

Taos, a small town located in the northern part of the state of New Mexico, is an ideal destination for art and culture lovers; it combines historic architecture, galleries, and museums showcasing regional artwork and it’s a must-visit if you’re travelling in the wider area. You can reach Taos even if you’re flying to Albuquerque Airport; the journey takes a couple of hours but it will be worth it. The fastest transportation option to get there is taking an airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Taos; despite the higher cost, it will take you directly to your destination in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. A more budget-friendly option is getting from Albuquerque Airport to Taos using public transport. There is no direct connection so you’ll first need to get from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe; from there, there are direct bus routes between Santa Fe and Taos, operating all week long.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €350 150min 24/7
Bus €4.50 180min 07:45–17:05

How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos by taxi

Taking a shuttle from Albuquerque airport to Taos guarantees you’ll get there quickly, no matter what time your flight arrives. There are official taxis available 24/7 at ABQ Airport and the journey takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. To ensure a fixed rate and enjoy complete peace of mind, you can book your Albuquerque airport shuttle in advance.

How much does a shuttle from Albuquerque Airport to Taos cost?

Taxis in Albuquerque calculate the total fare by using a taximeter during the entire ride. For longer journeys, it’s best to ask the driver in advance for the rate or negotiate a fixed fare. The average cost for an airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Taos is $350 (€350) for up to 4 passengers.

Cost

$350 (€350)

Trip Duration

2 h 30 min

This is an average price for a standard taxi; to ensure a fixed rate, book your airport transfer in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at Albuquerque Airport 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Simply head toward Door 2 on the baggage claim level; there you’ll find the taxi rank with official, registered taxis lined up 24/7.

 

Convenience

Choosing to take a shuttle from Albuquerque Airport to Taos is certainly the most convenient and comfortable transportation option. Despite being a bit costly, it’s the fastest way to get there and the only direct transportation option. By taking an airport taxi you don’t have to worry if your flight arrives early in the morning or late at night and you’re not bound to specific timetables as you would be with public transport. Moreover, if you prefer knowing how much your ride will cost in advance, you can pre-book your ABQ airport taxi and ensure a flat rate.

Editor’s Note

For families with young children or larger groups that can split the cost, taking an airport taxi is the best way to reach Santa Fe quickly and comfortably. If you're travelling alone and are an experienced traveller, you're better off using public transport as it's a more budget-friendly option.

Useful Tips

Different rates apply among the different taxi companies so if you don’t book your taxi in advance, you can ask the driver what the estimated fee is before you start the ride.
Most taxis in Albuquerque accept card payments but it’s best check with your driver before entering the cab.
Tipping your driver is at your discretion; a 10% tip or more is customary for longer routes.
Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for all passengers in the state of New Mexico.

How to Get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos by bus

There is no direct connection from Albuquerque Airport to Taos by bus so you’ll first need to get from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe; you can do so either by taking an airport taxi or by riding the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (NMRX). Once you reach Santa Fe, you can take one of the NCRTD buses that operate between Santa Fe and Taos; route 300 runs on weekdays and route 305 runs on weekends and they’re both fare-free.

How much does it cost to get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos by bus?

The cost for the total trip from Albuquerque Airport to Taos might differ, depending on how you choose to get from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe. You can get there by taking an airport taxi or private shuttle, which will cost approximately $20 (€20) or by taking the NMRX, which will cost $2.25 (€2.25) per traveller. The bus trip from Santa Fe to Taos is fare-free.

Cost

$2.25 - $20 (€2.25 - €20)

Trip Duration

3 h

The bus from Santa Fe to Taos is fare-free but you need to take into account the cost of getting from AQB Airport to Santa Fe. The trip duration refers to the whole journey from ABQ Airport to Taos.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Route 300 from Santa Fe to Taos runs five times per day from 07:45 to 17:05 on weekdays; route 305 runs two times per day at 10:10 and 15:00 on weekends.

Where do I get the bus from?

Once you make your way to Santa Fe, you’ll need to get to South Capitol station; route 300 to Taos departs from Shelter 1 and route 305 from Shelter 8.

Convenience

Choosing to get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos using public transport is the cheapest way to reach your destination so it’s a good value-for-money option if you’re travelling on a budget. You should keep in mind though that the total journey requires combining different means of transport and takes approximately 3 hours, without taking into consideration the waiting time in between. If you’re in a hurry or you prefer to travel in comfort, you’re better off taking an Albuquerque airport taxi to reach your destination directly.

Editor’s Note

Getting from Albuquerque Airport to Taos by bus is by far the cheapest option. However, given that you need to combine different transportation means to reach Santa Fe first, it isn't recommended if you're travelling with young children or many pieces of luggage.

Useful Tips

NCRTD buses run only a few times per day, so make sure to check the timetable to arrive in Santa Fe on time.
The buses that run from Santa Fe to Taos are free, but remember that service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Both buses to Taos operated by NCRTD are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Both bus routes operate on public holidays, except on December 25th and January 1st.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Albuquerque Airport to Taos?

There are two different ways to get from ABQ airport to Taos. The fastest and most comfortable transportation option is to take an airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Taos; the journey takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes in light traffic. Alternatively, you can first get from ABQ Airport to Santa Fe, and from there take one of the free bus routes that connect Santa Fe to Taos.


What’s the distance from Taos to Albuquerque Airport?

Taos is located approximately 220 kilometres northeast of Albuquerque Airport. Getting there by car or taxi takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes in light traffic.


What’s the cost of an airport shuttle from Albuquerque Airport to Taos?

Albuquerque taxis use a taximeter to calculate their fares, but for longer routes, you can negotiate the price with the driver before you start the ride. The average fare for an airport shuttle from Albuquerque to Taos is $350 (€350) for up to 4 passengers.

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