Albuquerque Car Rental
In the heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque is a friendly, casual city, covered in the relics of its early history and enriched by the culture of its neighbors to the south. Like many western cities, Albuquerque is spread out over large tracts of desert land, and to explore it in comfort (and air conditioning!) a rental car is a must.
Cheap Car Rentals: Albuquerque's Best Deals
Finding an inexpensive car rental in Albuquerque is a simple matter of shopping around. Many national chains offer discount rentals at locations throughout the city. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Hertz, Dollar, Payless and Thrifty can all be found in Albuquerque, and all have full-service offices at Albuquerque's airport.
Renting a Car from Albuquerque Sunport
The Sunport Car Rental Center, where both the customer service counters and the ready/return lots are located, is about half a mile from the passenger terminal, at 3400 University SE. Pickup is on the commercial lane outside the 1st level of the airport terminal building.
More Rental Cars in Albuquerque: Additional Agency Locations
If you’re coming into Albuquerque by train (the city is a stop on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route) you’ll be getting off at the Alvarado Transportation Center. The nearest rental car office is Enterprise at 120 Lomas Boulevard Northeast, which is a 15 minute walk away.
The popular Crown Plaza Hotel at 1901 University Boulevard Northeast has both an Avis and a Budget location.
Getting Around in Albuquerque: What to Expect When You Drive
Albuquerque traffic is not as bad as many cities of a similar size, though rush hours can be rough, and locals complain about near-constant construction diversions. During peak times you’re likely to find the most serious slowdowns on the Eastbound Interstate 40 at the San Mateo exit. Other bottlenecks include Eastbound I-40 at Carlisle; Northbound I-25 at Comanche; Eastbound I-40 at Fourth Street; and Eastbound I-40 at Second Street.
Parking in Albuquerque
ABQ Downtown has a partnership with ParkMe to show current parking availability and prices in real time on their website. There’s also a printable parking map you can keep stashed in the glove box. For the larger metro area, check the city website, which offers information on metered street parking and city-run facilities.
Enjoy Albuquerque: Rent a Car!
Embrace the sprawl: time runs a little more slowly here, and enjoying the journey is something to be celebrated. There’s so much to see: the Albuquerque Biological Park is a must for nature-lovers. It encompasses the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, the Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach.
Old Town is the most historic part of the city, with many museums, lovely adobe architecture, and the beautiful San Felipe de Neri church, Albuquerque’s oldest building.
Albuquerque is becoming a big location for television and films, most notably Breaking Bad, and various entertaining tours are on offer, most notably one conducted in an RV!
Desert Majesty: Road Trips to Take from Albuquerque
When you rent a car, Albuquerque's gorgeous landscape opens up to exploration. Just an hour north you’ll find Santa Fe and all its treasures. Take a 90-minute drive southeast to Mountainair, where you’ll find the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, an incredible gathering of pueblo and Spanish mission ruins.
If you’ve got a carload of kids, consider a visit to Cliff’s Amusement Park. It’s a New Mexico institution offering thrill rides, big water slides, and general old-fashioned family fun.