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Fiesta Express Park & Ride

Beat the Traffic to Balloon Fiesta!

Fiesta Express Park & Ride is sponsored by Intel Corporation and Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Each year the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta teams up with sponsors like Intel Corporation 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 will not see Dawn Patrol and may not see 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!

 

Balloon Fiesta & Rail Passes Are Now Available!

 

 

 Purchase Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass Tickets Here!   

 All riders must have a ticket before boarding the bus.
For more information call (505)821-1000

 

 Avoid the traffic and parking headaches and take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to the most colorful event in the world! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has partnered with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to create a special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, available for both weekends of the Fiesta.

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Fiesta Express Park & Ride Remote Lot Locations

Click on the names of the locations to bring up a Google Map.

East Side

West Side

  • Intel (southern parking lot) located on Highway 528/Rio Rancho Blvd. Enter the Park & Ride lot at either Westside Blvd. or 21st street and follow the signs. 
  • Cottonwood Mall (northeast parking lot) located at 10000 Coors Bypass near Seven Bar Loop. 

Purchase 2015 Fiesta Express Park & Ride Tickets Here! 

(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.

Morning Sessions – Bus service times

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.

Afternoon Sessions – Bus service times

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.

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Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Contact

Local: (505) 821-1000
Toll-free:1-888-422-7277