Getting around Albuquerque
ABQ Ride Buses (tel: +1 505 243 7433; www.cabq.gov/transit) operates the city's bus service. Many of the routes terminate at the Alvarado Transportation Center, 100 First Street Southwest. Passes are available for one, two or three days; you can buy these from the driver.
Main taxi providers include Albuquerque Cab Company (tel: +1 505 883 4888) and Yellow Cab Co (tel: +1 505 247 8888). Tipping the driver 10 to 15% is usual.
The city is divided into four quadrants, with I-25 and I-40 intersecting just northeast of downtown, at a junction known as the 'Big I'. Legendary Route 66 or Central Avenue runs east-west through the city, bisecting such prominent neighbourhoods as Old Town, downtown, and the Nob Hill/University District.
Downtown, there is meter parking on the street, along with several city-run car parks.
The minimum age for hiring a car varies from 21 to 25 years. Car hire agencies change an extra premium to drivers under 25. A valid driving licence is required; check with the agency whether you also need an International Driving Permit. Costly insurance can be part of the hire arrangement, but you should check your car insurance to see if your policy covers hire cars.
Car hire providers include Alamo (tel: +1 888 826 6893; www.alamo.com), Avis (tel: +1 505 884 6807; www.avis.com), Budget (tel: +1 505 344 7196; www.budget.com) and Hertz (tel: +1 505 842 4235; www.hertz.com).
In and around Albuquerque, there are more than 650km (400 miles) of trails, bike routes and paths that provide bike riders with both scenic and practical alternatives to motorised travel. The city has one of the most extensive bikeway systems in the country. Download a copy of the CABQ Bike Map at www.cabq.gov/bike.
You can hire bikes from Routes Bicycle Rentals and Tours, 404 San Felipe NW, Suite B1 (tel: +1 505 933 5667; www.routesrentals.com) or The BikeSmith, 901 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Suite D-124 (tel: +1 505 242 9253; www.thebikesmithllc.com). Sandia Peak Ski Area (tel: +1 505 242 9052; www.sandiapeak.com) rents bikes in the summer for lift-accessed downhill mountain biking.