Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)

Standing on the site of a famed Harvey House of the same name, the Alvarado Transportation Center anchors development on the eastern end of downtown and along historic Route 66.

Alvarado Transportation Center
320 1st Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $3,659,598
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 25,821
  • Facility Ownership: City of Albuquerque
  • Parking Lot Ownership: N/A
  • Platform Ownership: New Mexico Department of Transportation
  • Track Ownership: New Mexico Department of Transportation

Alex Khalfin
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsoak@amtrak.com
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The Amtrak stop is located at the Alvarado Transportation Center (ATC) on the eastern end of downtown Albuquerque. The intermodal transportation facility opened in 2002 at a cost of $7.75 million, replacing the local train station that was destroyed by a 1993 fire. This complex consists of a series of buildings. New Mexico’s Rail Runner commuter trains use one building along with ABQRide, the local transit agency, and since January 2008 Amtrak has shared another building to the west with Greyhound and other intercity bus operators. Another building on the site, formerly used as the Amtrak passenger station, is now a base for Amtrak train crews.

The architectural design of the complex is directly linked to its location in Albuquerque. The ATC stands on the same location as Albuquerque’s original Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train station and Alvarado Hotel, a Harvey House property that was demolished in 1970. The ATC’s Mission Revival design was based largely on the Alvarado in order to recreate its look and feel while reminding those who view it of the area’s historical worth. It does feature new additions that distinguish it from its predecessors, such as its large clock tower.

Albuquerque began as a Spanish colonial outpost known as Ranchos de Albuquerque. Officially declared a city of “New Spain” in 1706 by provincial governor Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, the town derived its name from an early Viceroy of New Spain known as the “Duke of Albuquerque”.

The town started as a farming community and military outpost, and it was well suited for such tasks as these due to its location along the famous Camino Real. In keeping with the Spanish tradition of city building, Albuquerque was built around a central plaza with government buildings, churches and homes outlining its perimeter. Today, this area is known as “Old Town” and contains museums, shops and cultural offices maintaining the feel of Albuquerque’s origins. Albuquerque was incorporated as a United States city in 1891, and Old Town was absorbed into the area of Albuquerque known as “New Town” where the Santa Fe Railway laid rail lines eleven years earlier.

Albuquerque has the distinction of being New Mexico’s largest city as well as the county seat of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. It is the home of the University of New Mexico, Petroglyph National Monument, Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Labs. The largest hot air balloon festival in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, is held every October.

Photo by Marc Glucksman.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM available
  • No elevator
  • No payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Ticket sales office
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Boarding gates close 10 Min before train departure time
  • Arrive at least 60 minutes prior to departure if you're checking baggage or need ticketing/passenger assistance
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure if you're not checking baggage or don't need assistance
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • Baggage carts available
  • Ski bags for sale
  • Bag storage with Fee
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Station Staff

Parking

  • Same-day parking is not available
  • Overnight parking is not available
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • No payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is not available
  • Overnight, accessible parking is not available
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Tue09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Wed09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Thu09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Fri09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sat09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sun09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Mon09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Tue09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Wed09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Thu09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Fri09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sat09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sun09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Passenger Assistance Hours
Mon09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Tue09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Wed09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Thu09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Fri09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sat09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sun09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Checked Baggage Service
Mon09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Tue09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Wed09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Thu09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Fri09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sat09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Sun09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Parking Hours
No parking at this location.
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
No Quik-Trak kiosks at this location.
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
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