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Why rent a car in Albuquerque?

New Mexico’s largest city sits on top of the world, almost 1,500m above sea level in the centre of the New Mexico desert. The skyline is dominated by the imposing peak of Sandia Crest and the city enjoys clear desert air all year round. That’s not to say this is some rural backwater – Albuquerque is a thriving university town that comes with everything that suggests: a buzzing music scene, plenty of places to eat and drink and a vibrant artistic community. There’s also a charming and impeccably maintained historical centre, referred to as the Old Town, which features centuries-old traditional adobe buildings.

Book a hire car in Albuquerque and you’ll be free to explore the city and the beautiful, desolate New Mexico desert. Albuquerque sits at the meeting point of the state’s two major highways, Route 40 and Route 25, so it’s easy to start here and create your own state-hopping itinerary. Arizona is two hours west, Colorado around three hours north, while you can reach Texas in around four hours when you head east.

How to get to and around Albuquerque?

Most visitors to Albuquerque fly into the city’s major airport, Albuquerque International Sunport. It’s about ten minutes south of the city centre.

Albuquerque is a sprawling city, and, unless you’re used to it, its altitude means even fit people can find themselves out of breath after a brisk walk. For that reason, it’s a good idea to book a rental car for your trip.  

What brands are available?

Book a rental car in Albuquerque and you’ll be able to choose from a range of trusted and reliable brands, including Hertz, Avis and Alamo. Most have pickup points at the airport, so you can get your car and be on your way in minutes.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s Old Town dates from 1706, and hasn’t changed much in the meantime. Many of the original Pueblo-Spanish adobe buildings have been excellently maintained and you can still visit the original church, San Felipe De Neri, which is the oldest building in the city. For some even older history, visit the Petroglyph National Monument, where native American and early Spanish settlers carved pictures into a lava field between 400 and 700 years ago. To get there, take the I-40 westwards out of the city for about 25 minutes.

It’s worth making the time to visit nearby Santa Fe. The US’s second-oldest city is about an hour northwest of the city and has plenty to see, including the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, which tells the often-overlooked story of Native American art. Or, head south to Los Lunas or east to Moriarty. These two small towns are a little quieter, and make excellent bases for exploring New Mexico’s natural attractions, on foot, on horseback or by car.

Tips and tricks for driving in Albuquerque

Driving in Albuquerque follows the same rules as the rest of the US. Keep to the right, and allow priority to traffic entering from the right. Watch out for four-way crossroads – all cars are required to stop as they approach, even though it might be signposted.

Ready to plan your Albuquerque city break?

Feeling inspired to visit Albuquerque for yourself? Start with this Albuquerque city guide and then use the Expedia search tool to find the best deals on flights and hotels, and to research the best attractions and activities.

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FAQs for car hire in Albuquerque

What’s the best price car rental in Albuquerque?

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What’s the average car rental price in Albuquerque?

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Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Albuquerque?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Albuquerque?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.