Most People In Bernalillo County opt to drive, and for good reason: New Mexico is home to 25 magnificent scenic byways, totaling over 2,900 miles across a diverse landscape. Route 66 slices across the entire state — from border to border — and before a 1937 realignment, it made a loop to Santa Fe then rejoined the main highway at Albuquerque.
For those flying, there is a major airport right in Albuquerque with numerous air carriers. There is a municipal airport about an hour outside of Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The county has a reliable public transportation system, and the area is served by Greyhound and Amtrak.
Albuquerque International Sunport
2200 Sunport Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-244-7700
Albuquerque International Sunport is less than 5 miles from Kirtland Air Force Base and is New Mexico’s largest commercial airport, serving nearly 5 million travelers each year. Major carriers include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, Amtrak and rental car service. A shuttle bus provides transportation to the rental car center, at 3400 University Blvd. SE, where there are many rental car companies to choose from.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport
121 Aviation Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87507 505-955-2900
Santa Fe Municipal Airport offers daily commercial flights on American Eagle and United Express that connect passengers to the world through connections in Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver and Los Angeles.
Albuquerque Rapid Transit
100 First St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-724-3100
Albuquerque Rapid Transit connects many of the city’s biggest destinations together: downtown, University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Presbyterian Hospital, Old Town, the BioPark, libraries, shopping and retail centers.
For more information on the system’s service area and fares, visit ART’s website.
New Mexico Rail Runner – Rio Metro Line
113 Rio Bravo Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105 505-843-1706
The Bernalillo County/South Valley Rail Runner Station provides south valley residents with a quick ride to downtown Albuquerque. The station’s location on Rio Bravo also allows for a quick bus connection to the Albuquerque International Sunport for people traveling to and from Valencia County.
For more information on fees and scheduling, visit the website.
Driving and Commuting
Bernalillo County is traversed by two interstates and various state routes. Within Bernalillo County, Interstate 40 (Route 66) runs east and west through New Mexico and intersects Albuquerque. Interstate 25 runs north and south through Albuquerque. In addition to the interstates, numerous state routes in Bernalillo County join it to neighboring counties Santa Fe, Torrance, Valencia and Sandoval.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation offers commuter options at http://dot.state.nm.us/content/nmdot/en/Park_and_Ride.html.
NMDOT provides free, bilingual and real-time traffic information. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at http://nmroads.com or by dialing 511.
New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division
1451 Fourth St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87117 505-846-8390
801 Fourth St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-764-6650
4575 San Mateo Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-875-0715
3211 Coors SW, Suite D10 and D11
Albuquerque, NM 87121 505-452-9239
11500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite F1
Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-292-4570
4114 Sabana Grande Ave. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-5014
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at the division’s website.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in New Mexico from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New Mexico residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its New Mexico Driver Manual, which can be downloaded at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/resources-forms-information-drivers.aspx.
The state of New Mexico does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, because localities are allowed to enact their own cellphone laws, making or receiving calls without a hands-free device is illegal in some towns, including: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup, Taos and Espanola.
Texting while driving is prohibited in all of New Mexico.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.mvd.newmexico.gov/drivers-forms.aspx, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
New Mexico Department of Transportation
Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.