Albuquerque is located at a crossroads in north-central New Mexico. Interstate 25, which runs north and south, intersects with Interstate 40 right in the middle of town. That makes it quite simple for Albuquerque travelers arriving by car to get to the city from any direction. Back in the early days of interstate highways, the famed Route 66 brought visitors through New Mexico’s largest city.
If you’re not arriving by automobile, you may be coming by plane and landing at the state’s largest airport, the Albuquerque International Sunport. This airport features distinctive Southwestern architecture and displays art by area artists. It welcomes 5 million travelers each year who make use of eight different airlines. You can travel to 20 destinations directly from Albuquerque, so it’s easy to get here.
Can you travel to Albuquerque by train? Of course! Albuquerque travelers have been arriving in the Duke City by rail since April 1880, when the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway tracks reached the city. Travelers today get “all aboard” Amtrak trains at the Alvarado Transportation Center at 320 1st Street SW. Albuquerque is in the middle of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Route, which takes travelers from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Speaking of taking a train from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, if you are in New Mexico’s capital city and want to take a day trip to Albuquerque, be sure to check out the option of taking the Rail Runner Express. Trains run between the two cities almost every day of the year (excluding certain holidays). Learn more at riometro.org.
Another way to travel to Albuquerque is by bus. Greyhound has bus routes from many regional cities to Albuquerque, including from Phoenix, El Paso, Las Cruces, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. You can find the Greyhound station at the same location as the Amtrak station, in the Alvarado Transportation Center, where you can also board the Rail Runner Express.