AOL Travel

Santa Fe Transportation

Getting There

Greyhound suspended bus service to Santa Fe in 2009 and the nearest station nowadays is in Albuquerque, at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center. If you're busing it, the best way between there and Santa Fe is the RailRunner commuter rail. It's right next door to the station in Albuquerque.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport is served by American Eagle Airlines flights from Dallas and Los Angeles. Rent a car at the airport (advance booking recommended) for the 15 minute drive to the city center, or Roadrunner Shuttle Service meets every arriving flight, charging $15 per person to Downtown ($27 round trip). Most visitors fly into Albuquerque International Sunport, the state’s main airport, served by major carriers and regional airlines. You're best bet is to rent a car for the hour’s drive north to Santa Fe via I-25, especially if you’re staying for more than a couple of days and want to explore beyond Santa Fe’s pedestrian-friendly Downtown. The frequent Sandia Shuttle Express from Albuquerque airport costs $27 ($47 round trip) to Santa Fe. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express train’s designated airport station is not actually at the airport. You need a bus or cab to connect, and train and bus schedules are both limited. If you must ride the rails ($7 to the Santa Fe Depot) take a cab to Albuquerque’s Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center, which offers more train services and restaurants. The train takes about ninety minutes, depending on the service you choose.
Amtrak’s daily Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles stops in Lamy, 17 miles south of Santa Fe. It’s a 19 hour ride across the southwest from L.A. via Flagstaff, and 24 hours to Chicago with stops including Kansas City. Reserve in advance for the Lamy Shuttle (505-982-8829) to collect you from the station.

Getting Around

It's best to rent a car in Santa Fe—you'll have more options to explore the city and surrounding areas. The exception? Visitors staying only a couple of nights near the Plaza find plenty to do without getting behind the wheel. There are a few insider driving tips you might want to take into consideration: Historic roads don’t conform to a grid, but navigation is easy in this small city. Horseshoe-shaped Paseo de Peralta often baffles visitors, intersecting twice with St. Francis Drive, north and south. Avoid heavy Cerrillos traffic by taking parallel roads—you’ll see more historic neighborhoods too. Downtown parking meters ($1/hour, limit one to two hours) are hard to score in season. Find a Downtown lot. It costs more, but saves sanity. Don’t leave belongings visible and lock everything in the trunk. Drive with care. Attitudes toward red lights, stop signs, and turn signals are casual, and drunk driving can be a problem throughout New Mexico. Fill up before leaving town; some areas have long intervals between gas stations. Seat belts are mandatory; it’s illegal to drive using hand-held phones. Hands-free are fine.
Public Transit
It's best to just explore on foot in the pedestrian-friendly Plaza, Canyon Road, and Railyard/Guadalupe areas. It saves parking hassles, especially in summer. Attractions and restaurants are a few blocks—or doors—apart, and on the stroll you’ll see more of Santa Fe. As in any city, avoid deserted areas at night. When you’re tired of hoofing it, the free Santa Fe Pick Up shuttle circles Downtown in a 20 minute loop. From Santa Fe Depot at the Railyard, it runs every 15 minutes weekdays, with stops  including Canyon, Cathedral Basilica, and the Plaza. Be aware that there is no evening service and limited on Saturday. Santa Fe Trails’ nine bus routes link Downtown to outlying areas. Most useful for visitors, the—M’ line runs Plaza to Museum Hill; the 20 minute ride departs hourly from Transit Center on Sheridan Avenue, off the Plaza a block west of New Mexico Museum of Art. The fare is $1 per trip or $2 for day pass. It's also cash only and you need exact change. Half fare for seniors (60+); free for 18 and under. All buses stop by 10pm, most much earlier. No food, drink or pets on board.
Capital City Cab (505-438-0000) charges $2.70 a mile, and a flat $1.50 per additional passenger. Call to book, as there’s no taxi stand and cruising cabs are rare.  In summer, bicycle-drawn Santa Fe Pedicabs, (505-577-5056) are fun around Downtown/Plaza, Railyard, and Canyon Road for $1/minute. Call ahead, or flag a Pedicab around the Plaza.