How to Get Around in The City Different

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Did you know that traveling to and around Santa Fe is easier than ever? Nonstop flights from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver to the Santa Fe Regional Airport are all available much to the glee of the traveling visitor! Here’s a smorgasbord of travel transportation ideas to help you make your trip to The City Different a fun and memorable one.

*Note: This blog was originally published in March 2017.  We have made updates where details may have changed.

Fly Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Regional Airport is open to private aircraft and two airlines. The airport is located on the southwest corner of the city. (Photo courtesy of the City of Santa Fe)

The Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) offers nonstop flights from Denver, Dallas, and now Phoenix —making for an easy getaway to The City Different. American Airlines offers nonstop daily flights to Santa Fe from Dallas/Fort Worth and also nonstop, daily service to Santa Fe from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  United Airlines also offers nonstop daily flights to Santa Fe from Denver. For more information please visit Fly Santa Fe.

Once you arrive in Santa Fe you can find two car rental agencies—Avis and Hertz—so you can begin your Santa Fe adventure right away. There are also a number of car rental companies located throughout Santa Fe.

The airport terminal building at the Santa Fe Regional Airport offers a variety of services for the traveling public. You’ll find a full service restaurant, airline self-service kiosks, rental car counters, and an independent airport shuttle service. The New Mexico Black Car taxi service offers one way transportation to and from the Santa Fe Regional Airport to the downtown area. Transportation services can also be scheduled in advance with Santa Fe Valet .

Hit The Rails

Amtrak train service to Santa Fe stops in Lamy, New Mexico. (Photo courtesy AllenS)

You can also get to Santa Fe by taking the Amtrak train which stops in Lamy, New Mexico, just 18.5 miles from Santa Fe. The RoadRunner Shuttle and Charter is your shuttle service to Santa Fe. One way service is $40 per adult.

Hitching A Ride In The City Different

The New Mexico Rail Runner is seen here crossing La Bajada Hill. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Huddleston)

Santa Fe also offers other ways to get around The City Different with comfort and ease.

If you arrive in Albuquerque and decide to take the New Mexico Rail Runner into Santa Fe, you’ll know you’re at the Rail Runner’s Santa Fe Depot terminal when you notice bustling activity, an active farmers market, restaurants and cafés, and a range of retail offerings.  Once you have arrived at the Santa Fe Depot in the  Santa Fe Railyard you can use the free Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle service to start your Santa Fe adventure. Visitors can take the shuttle when they want a fast way to get around downtown, Museum Hill and Canyon Road. Two shuttles run daily. The shuttle service starts and ends in front of the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Montezuma Avenue and runs counter-clockwise with various stops around downtown. The service runs every 30 minutes.

Santa Fe Trails provides a safe, clean and efficient bus transportation in The City Different. (Photo courtesy of City of Santa Fe)

Take the Santa Fe Trails  bus at any of the convenient bus stops around the city. There’s service every 15 minutes, so you’re sure to be in the midst of Santa Fe’s famous attractions in no time—including special events on the Plaza! Plus, from the downtown Sheridan Avenue Transit Center, you can connect to Route “M” that takes you within a short walk of Canyon Road and directly to Museum Hill—home to four distinct and diverse world-class museums.  Avoid the congestion and the hassle of finding parking when you attend major events in Santa Fe like Spanish Market, Indian Market, the burning of Zozobra and the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The Santa Fe Trails provides free bus service on these special event days.

Uber and Lyft are ride sharing options available in The City Different. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

If you’re headed to the plaza or your favorite restaurant, you can the use the Uber app which will connect you with a reliable ride in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver will know exactly where to go. And your payment is completely cashless. Lyft is another ride sharing option in The City Different. The Lyft app will match you with friendly drivers at the tap of button. You can also pay through your phone.

Other Modes of Transportation In Santa Fe

Be sure to take advantage of other ways of getting around in Santa Fe. Thinking of riding a bike around town? Mellow Velo is an independent bicycle dealer in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic Downtown. They offer a diverse bike fleet and provide expert route advice and maps for adventures both on and off road. Rental rates start at $30 per day.

Eco Motive Bikes is in the Santa Fe Railyard area and rents electric bikes starting at $40 a day. Bicycles are a great way to see Santa Fe, conserve gas, ease traffic congestion, simplify parking, and are just great fun! Once you have rented your bike, you are ready to ride the paths and trails located in and around our city.

Park and Stroll

The Ctiy of Santa Fe’s parking jurisdiction is a three mile radius around the historic downtown plaza. (Photo courtesy of the City of Santa Fe)

If you have rented a car,  you’ll want to drive into the downtown area and see the sights! Santa Fe has six parking lots and garages to take advantage of.  Rates run $1 for the first hour and $2 for the second hour and each hour after that. Metered parking spots in downtown Santa Fe are$2 an hour and are in operation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, excluding major holidays.

You now have a great list of transportation choices when visiting The City Different. From convenient airline service into our regional airport to the free Santa Fe Pick-Shuttle, you’ll soon discover how easy it is to get around our beloved city!

To start planning your getaway, order your 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide and then check out all the current Santa Fe deals and specials that The City Different has to offer.

 

3 thoughts to “How to Get Around in The City Different”

  1. It’s cool to learn about all of these transportation methods. I don’t think I’ve ever taken public transportation before, but it seems like fun. The bus you talked about sounds especially cool, since you don’t have to get stuck in congestion.

  2. Please. Giver us Uber bikes or something, $30 a day is a cruel price to pay for a bike for poor people. I just want to park, reserve on my phone, ride for a reasonable hourly rate and return it to a rack somewhere. I think it should be pro-rated, with perhaps subsidized for low income. (like a lot of things. 🙂

    Thank you.

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