A city of over half a million people, Albuquerque is New Mexico’s only major metropolis and a popular destination for tourists and business travelers. Full of ancient culture and spectacular natural beauty, Albuquerque is a rich and diverse city with gorgeous landscapes, festive events and popular convention and seminar destinations. The traffic in Albuquerque can be intimidating, so if you are looking to avoid driving, Metropolitan Shuttle can provide easy, hassle-free transportation anywhere in Albuquerque with its charter bus and shuttle services.
Transportation in and Around Albuquerque
Albuquerque has two major airports: the Albuquerque International Sunport, which supports most business and commercial flights; and the Double Eagle II, which is primarily used by corporate, military and charter flights. From Albuquerque International Sunport, visitors to the city can hail a taxi, take a scheduled shuttle bus, or board the Rail Runner Express commuter train to the Alvarado Transportation Center in downtown Albuquerque.
As major cities go, Albuquerque has a well-developed bicycle network. Many trails and routes run through the city, including the newly unveiled Bicycle Boulevard on Silver Avenue. Albuquerque was also designed to be very “walkable,” ranked by Walk Score as the 28th most walkable city.
Albuquerque has a reputation for intense traffic, particularly the bottleneck locations around Interstate 25, Interstate 40, the diamond interchange at NM-423, and Central Avenue. While not as congested as the traffic in Los Angeles or Chicago, Albuquerque can still be an intimidating driving environment for visitors.
Fortunately, Albuquerque does have many alternate routes around the city, so drivers can avoid the interstate, especially during morning and evening rush hour, when congestion is at its peak. Crashes and other traffic incidents can cause frequent closures on I-40, which will divert traffic onto the lesser-used routes. As with many major metropolitan areas, it’s best to schedule a minimum of 30 minutes to get anywhere in the city if you are traveling by car. If confronting the Albuquerque traffic seems confusing, Metropolitan Shuttle can easily arrange a charter bus for transportation in Albuquerque.
Metropolitan Areas in Albuquerque
Albuquerque is divided into four quadrants:
- The Northeast Quadrant, containing the University of New Mexico, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and Uptown
- The Northwest Quadrant, containing historic Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the Cottonwood Mall
- The Southeast Quadrant, a commercial and residential district featuring the Kirtland Air Force Base, University Stadium, Isotopes Park, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
- The Southwest Quadrant, or “South Valley,” a rural area containing the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Albuquerque Biological Park.
Things to Do and See in Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Biological Park
- Albuquerque Museum
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
- Historic Old Town Albuquerque
- Tingley Coliseum
- The KiMo Theater
Albuquerque Sports Teams
Conference and Convention Venues
- Albuquerque Convention Center (featuring the Kiva Auditorium)
- Isleta Amphitheater
- Sandia Resort and Casino Ballroom
- Sunshine Theater