#7 wallet-friendly trips destination
New Mexico
36% less than average North American trip cost

You're going to love Albuquerque

Nestled at the base of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque is New Mexico's jewel. That's not just an empty phrase. The city of turquoise is packed with jewelry makers and artisan designers, but there's much more available than just beautiful accessories.
Albuquerque is great for sightseeing, culture & family.

Hacker Tip

Visit in October for the iconic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where 500+ colorful hot air balloons take to the skies over the course of the 9-day event. Tickets are only $10 per session (there are 2 sessions per day).
San Felipe de Neri Parish KiMo Theater Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
largest city in the United States
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Getting to Albuquerque

You can get from the airport to the city in about 20 minutes by taxi or ride-share, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, try public transportation. Take the Route 250 or Route 50 bus to get to or from the airport.

Median airfare by month

$265 Median airfare from US to Albuquerque in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$310 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Albuquerque

Stay in the historic Old Town for pretty streets lined with adobe houses, local artisans selling jewelry and pottery and mouthwatering New Mexican cuisine.

Median hotel rate by month

$96 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$83 Median Sunday hotel rate

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When in Albuquerque

Must-see in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Museum
Albuquerque Museum
Old Town
Old Town
ABQ BioPark
ABQ BioPark
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Weather in Albuquerque

Average Temperature (°F)
36° Average temperature in January

Eating in Albuquerque

What should you order while you’re in Albuquerque?

If you like a little – or a lot of – spice, chiles are a must-eat in New Mexico. Choose between the red or green varieties… or just have both! You’re on vacation, after all.

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

Cheap meal
A beer
Nice dinner for 2
Standard tip for good service

Where to eat in Albuquerque

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
4.7 Excellent
$$ $30 and under
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Seasons 52 - Albuquerque Seasons 52 - Albuquerque
4.7 Excellent
$$ $30 and under
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M'tucci's Italian - Albuquerque M'tucci's Italian - Albuquerque
4.6 Excellent
$$ $30 and under
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Albuquerque Ruth's Chris Steak House - Albuquerque
4.6 Excellent
$$$ $31 to $50
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