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Albuquerque, NM Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 166
Total Sleeping Rooms 17,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 350
Committable Meeting Rooms* 33
Convention Center Space 600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 167,562 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 31,164 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $91
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $158
*Maximum for a single hotel

Albuquerque, NM Airport Information

Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

Approximate taxi fare: $17 USD

Located only 10 minutes from Downtown Albuquerque, the Albuquerque International Sunport sees more than four million passengers each year during an average of over 300 daily takeoffs and landings. At 600,000 square feet and three levels, the airport's terminal sees traffic for non-stop service to 24 cities across the country.

Designed in a Spanish Pueblo theme, the Sunport is also an attractive example of Southwestern architecture. Inside, the theme continues with a permanent collection of artwork on display throughout the terminal, including Native American, Hispanic and contemporary works by local artists. Other highlights housed in the airport include an original 1914 Curtiss Pusher Byplane, believed to be the last surviving plane of the time period.

Albuquerque International Sunport features an array of restaurants, casual eateries, retail stores and kiosks. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the entire terminal. Parking is available at the four-level, 3,400-space short-term parking garage, as well as at the 450-space long-term parking lot. Short-term parking ranges from $1 to $10 per day, while long-term parking ranges from $1 to $7 per day.

Airline carriers serving Albuquerque International Sunport

  • Alaska Air
  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Jet Blue
  • Southwest
  • United

Albuquerque, NM Train Information

Albuquerque Amtrak Station

Amtrak's Southwest Chief services Albuquerque at its central downtown location. The daily route travels from Los Angeles to Chicago, with other stops in Kansas City, Flagstaff and Los Angeles.

Albuquerque, NM Public Transportation


ABQ RIDE is Albuquerque's local transit agency that operates routes on most of the city's major areas along with commuter routes between residential areas and the city center.

Albuquerque Rapid Transit

The City of Albuquerque is working on a Bus Rapid Transit plan for the Central Avenue Corridor from Coors to Louisiana, with service from Unser to Tramway and Uptown, which will connect east to west and provide infrastructure to enhance neighborhoods.

The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in fall of 2017.


Albuquerque's bus service is widespread and efficient, with stops that include the airport, convention center and Civic Plaza. The city is laid out on a grid system, and in addition to the efficient regular city buses, the Rapid Ride buses provide very fast, limited-stop service on some of the city's busiest thoroughfares (the buses can shorten red lights and lengthen green lights). Bus fare is $0.35 for children ages 10 and older, $1 for adults and $0.35 for seniors. Fare for children under 9 is free. Three-day passes are $6.

Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory-ABQ Trolley Co.

Experience Albuquerque's top style! Spend a day exploring with the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF) Best of ABQ City Tour. Join them on a uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley for a hop-on, hop-off guided tour experience. They'll take care of your transportation needs between Old Town, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Museum Row, University area, Nob Hill, Downtown, ABQ BioPark, National Hispanic Cultural Center and more! Ride the 120-minute loop once for a more traditional tour experience, or hop-on and hop-off throughout the day.

The Trolley makes a stop in Old Town at Hotel Albuquerque at 9am*, 11am, 1pm*, 3pm & 5pm (end of the line).
The Trolley makes a stop Downtown at the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory at 10:15am*, 12:15pm, 2:15pm*, 4:15pm & 6:15pm (end of the line).
*denotes tour boarding times.

Car Rentals

Rental car companies that service Albuquerque International Sunport include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. They can all be found at the Sunport's Car Rental Center, which is about half a mile from the main passenger terminal building. Car rental shuttles provide free transportation between the terminal building and car rental center. Shuttles run every five minutes.

Taxis & Ridesharing Services

Albuquerque has a number of taxi companies that can be flagged down at the bus depots, train station and airport, but they must be called for pick-ups elsewhere in the city. Albuquerque Green Cab Company and Yellow Cab are two of the most well-known and reliable. The ride from the airport to downtown takes about 15 minutes and costs about $14 to $17. UBER service can be accessed at the airport and around the city.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Santa Fe, NM 59 mi 1 hr N/A N/A
El Paso, TX 265 mi 3 hr 44 min 1 hr 50 min USD $450+
Flagstaff, AZ 324 mi 4 hr 35 min 3 hr 20 min USD $330+
Colorado Springs, CO 378 mi 5+ hr 2 hr 25 min USD $300+
Phoenix, AZ 468 mi 5+ hr 1 hr 18 min USD $210+
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