Initial Publication Date: January 19, 2017

Travel and Accommodations

Travel by Air

Airports: The Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the closest major airport.

Flying to Albuquerque is easy. Airlines that serve Albuquerque include: Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, JetBlue, New Mexico, Southwest, United and US Airways.

Information about ground transportation from the airport and in and around Albuquerque can be found on the Albuquerque's Ground Transportation website. A taxi from the airport to the University will cost about $15.

Travel by Train or Bus

Albuquerque is a major stop on the Amtrak line between Chicago and Los Angeles. The NM Rail Runner Express is a rail service that links Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Los Lunas and Belen.

The Alvarado Transportation Center, located downtown, is Albuquerque's transportation hub, the center of many Albuquerque bus routes and trains for getting around the city. Connections may be made to ABQ Ride, Amtrak, Southwest Chief, Rail Runner Express, and Greyhound Bus. Rapid Ride bus service will take you to the University of New Mexico.

Travel by Car

Traveling by car, access to the city is easy from two major Interstate Highways, Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 which intersect at the city's center. The University is bordered on the West by University Blvd, the North by Lomas Blvd, the South by Central Blvd, and the East by Girard Blvd.

Visit UNM Parking and Transportation Services for information on parking at UNM including parking regulations, parking tickets, and Visitor and Event Parking. Parking Services sells weekly permits for $24. Please visit their office on Monday with your vehicle information and a valid photo ID. If you need to park on Sunday, use an unmarked stall in the A lot and you will not be cited on Sunday. For questions about parking you can contact parking services.


Dorm Option

We have a large block of dorm rooms available on the UNM campus at Casa del Rio. To make a reservation online, visit the dorm weblink. The room choices include private bedroom with shared bath connected to an opposite private bedroom ($40 per night with linens) and 2 bedroom unit with shared bath connected to an opposite 2 bedroom unit ($35.00 per night with linens) For questions regarding dorm reservations, amenities, and billing issues, please contact Casa de Rio at 505-277-1619 .

Hotel Options

Hilton DoubleTree (room block is full)

Guest check in time is at 3:00 pm; let the hotel know if you will need other arrangements for early arrival. The hotel shuttle is complementary and based on availability. Guests who need to be picked up from the airport can call for a pick up from the luggage claim area by calling the direct line to the hotel at 505-247-3344.

For other Albuquerque lodging options, visit Places to Stay in Albuquerque


The University of New Mexico campus and surrounding area are filled with every type of cuisine imaginable at an affordable price. Check out the Dining in Albuquerque page for more information. There are a number of dining options available in the UNM Student Union as well if you want to grab a quick bite to eat or to meet with colleagues and friends.

Getting Around

The University of New Mexico occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city's 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area's tribal history. Albuquerque lies in the Albuquerque Basin, a portion of the Rio Grande rift. The Sandia Mountains are the predominant geographic feature visible in Albuquerque. "Sandía" is Spanish for "watermelon" and is popularly believed to be a reference to the brilliant coloration of the mountains at sunset: bright pink (melon meat) and green (melon rind).

During the warmest month of July, average temperatures range from 92/64 (33/18) but with very little humidity. July is monsoon season, however, so be prepared for thunderstorms (some may be heavy).


If you have further questions, please contact Krista Herbstrith at