Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico? Here are some helpful travel tips and information:
Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ) Most visitors arriving by air land at the Albuquerque International Sunport, rent a car and drive to Santa Fe. ABQ is served by seven major commercial airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways. Santa Fe is about 60 miles north, or approximately one-hour drive away.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) This is a small airport serviced by American Eagle flights from Dallas and by United Express flights from Denver, or by private aircraft. Recently December 2016, direct flights began from Phoenix via American Airlines. There are a variety of ground transportation choices to and from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. The nearest large airport is Albuquerque (ABQ), about 60 miles south, or approximately one-hour drive away.
Car Rental: Renting a car will be your quickest and most flexible option for getting between the Albuquerque Airport and Santa Fe and will be very useful for other sightseeing as well. Numerous car rental companies are located at Albuquerque’s Airport. Then, take I-25 north approximately 55 miles to Santa Fe (there are 3 exits for Santa Fe). Which exit to take depends upon where you are staying. We recommend asking your car rental agency or your hotel for directions to the exact location where you will be staying.
Shuttle Services: There is shuttle service between Albuquerque Airport and Santa Fe with Sandia Shuttle Express (888-775-5696). One-way trip per person is about $30, and round trip per person is $55. Call for exact rates, reservations and schedule information.
Cabs: Albuquerque Cab Company (505-883-4888) charges approximately $160-180 for the trip from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe, and vice versa. Uber services Santa Fe. You need a smartphone to use Uber. Santa Fe no longer has taxi cab service; Capital City Cab closed April 2017.
Train: The New Mexico Rail Runner Express runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. There is no direct train from the ABQ Airport so you would need to take a shuttle or taxi to the Albuquerque Train Station and catch the train north from there. For more information, call 866.795.RAIL.
Getting around Santa Fe
Santa Fe is a walkable city. If you’re staying at a central location in downtown Santa Fe, you most likely will not need a car to explore the downtown area, but might choose to use one or public transportation to visit Canyon Road, Railyard and Museum Hill.
Shuttle: There is the Santa Fe Pickup Shuttle, a free shuttle service, with various stops around Downtown, Railyard, Canyon Road and Museum Hill.
Bus: Santa Fe Trails Bus has Route “M” for Museum Hill that takes you within a short walk of Canyon Road and directly to Museum Hill, and offers other routes around the city.
Car Rental: There are numerous car rental agencies in Santa Fe, and we recommend that you consult your concierge or go online to learn about them, as a vehicle will come in extremely handy if you decide to visit Santa Fe’s spectacular surrounding area.
Altitude: Santa Fe’s elevation is 7,000 feet. The air is very dry, and the sun is very intense. Bring a hat and a high-SPF sunscreen and use it liberally. Be sure to also bring lots of moisturizing products. High altitude affects people differently, and most need a day or so to acclimate. So, we recommend that you take it easy for the first couple of days, drink plenty of water and please be sure to pace yourself.