Each year the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta teams up with sponsors like Intel and Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau to help Balloon Fiesta goers avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near Balloon Fiesta Park by offering incentives to park their vehicles at one of several Albuquerque locations and take a Balloon Fiesta Express Park & Ride bus into Balloon Fiesta Park. Balloon Fiesta admission is also included! With the limited number of parking spaces at Balloon Fiesta Park it makes even more sense to park & ride!!
The excitement surrounding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Opening Ceremonies session, Saturday October 3rd, can bring crowded conditions at the Fiesta Express Park & Ride remote locations. Here are some helpful tips to make your Fiesta Express Park & Ride experience a pleasant one.
Arrive early; if you arrive at the Park & Ride remote lot after 6:45AM you may not see Dawn Patrol or the first wave of balloons launch
Dress in layers
Wear comfortable shoes
Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
Be courteous to fellow riders
Limit the amount and size of “extras” (strollers, backpacks, chairs, umbrellas, etc.) Due to limited space no wagons please
Wagons are available for rent near the Balloon Fiesta Park Information Booths
When loading please load from back of the bus to the front (This will expedite your arrival to Balloon Fiesta Park!)
Follow the directions of the Fiesta Express Park & Ride staff and volunteers
Don’t forget the camera!
Click on the names of the locations to bring up a Google Map.
No Services are available at or through the RailRunner.
(Please note: NO CASH sales at the remote lots, credit cards only)
All riders must have a ticket before boarding the bus.
For more information call (505)821-1000
In Advance (valid before 12 Midnight for morning sessions or before 12 Noon for afternoon / evening sessions) Balloon Park admission is included. A 10% service charge will be added at time of purchase.
Adults (13-61) $12
Seniors (62 & older) $10
Children (6-12) $6
Children (5 and under) Free
Same day purchase at Park & Ride locations (tickets purchased after 12 Midnight for morning sessions and after 12 Noon for afternoon / evening sessions) Balloon Park admission and service charge is included.
Adults & Seniors (13 and up) $20
Children (6-12) $10
Children (5 and under) Free
Park & Ride service will not be available on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. However, crowds and traffic are usually lighter on these days and parking spaces should be plentiful.
Bus service from remote lots to Balloon Fiesta Park starts at 4:30AM. Last bus leaves remote lots to Balloon Fiesta Park at 7:00 am.
NOTE: No bus service from remote lots INTO Balloon Fiesta Park after 7:00AM!
First bus leaves Balloon Fiesta Park to return to remote lots at 8:30 am. Full bus service from Balloon Fiesta Park until 11:30am. Limited bus service will continue until all guests have departed.
The shortest return lines are between 10:30am and 11:00 am.
Bus service from remote lots to Balloon Fiesta Park starts at 3:30PM. Last bus leaves remote lots to Balloon Fiesta Park at 6:30 pm.
NOTE: No bus service from remote lots INTO Balloon Fiesta Park after 6:30PM!
First bus leaves Balloon Fiesta Park to return to remote lots at 7:30 pm. Full bus service from Balloon Fiesta Park until 9:30pm. Limited bus service will continue until all guests have departed.
(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE
4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Local: (505) 821-1000