Getting There in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque travel is easy with several major airlines flying in and out of Albuquerque International Airport. Southwest is the biggest airline carrier serving Albuquerque with numerous flights to cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Minneapolis, Boise, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. Other airlines that make Albuquerque travel convenient are American, Frontier, United, Delta, and Northwest. Amtrak rail services Albuquerque. One nice thing about taking the train is that if you are coming from the east to Albuquerque, you will pass right through the Rockies. Greyhound bus is also an option as well. For Southwest flights information, go to

Driving around Albuquerque is the best way to see the sights. But you do need to be careful of the places you go and the condition of both the roads and the drivers. New Mexico has recently passed some tough new laws and enacted stiff fines for drunk driving – which is a huge problem in the state. If you are enjoying the city a little too much, consider taking a bus, a taxi, or having a designated driver. Also, if you are going off-road, be sure you drive the appropriate vehicle – and take precautions. Hidden boulders can bend vehicle frames. Sandy roads are often deeper than they look. And many back roads have no signs and no directions. Watch out for washboard roads that can be hard on your car’s suspension.

Albuquerque travel is also a whole lot easier if you plan to drive. Centrally located in the state of New Mexico, the two main roads accessing the city are Interstate 40 and Interstate 25. These two interstates actually bisect the city, so access is easy whether you are coming in from the north or south (I-25) or east or west (I-40). Driving distances from some cities include:


270 miles from El Paso, Texas

448 miles from Denver, Colorado

452 miles from Phoenix, Arizona

600 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah

655 miles from Dallas, Texas

810 miles from Los Angeles, California

1310 miles from Chicago, Illinois



May 28, 2009 change by smkane

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