Thursday, February 28, 2013

All Aboard the Rail Runner! ABQ to Santa Fe, Part 4

(This is the last one, I promise. So be sure you've caught up on parts 1, 2, and 3 first.)

Our day in Santa Fe was coming to a close. But there's no way I was going all the way up to Santa Fe by train and not stopping by the Flying Star Cafe. You guys know how much I love FSC. I've been to every Albuquerque location. Now I've scratched Santa Fe off my list. The only one left is the Bernalillo site.

We stopped in with just enough time for some coffee and dessert before our train was scheduled to leave the station.

It was the perfect way to cap off a day in Santa Fe. Of course, our day wasn't quite over. There was still the two-hour commute back southward to Albuquerque. Luckily, the Rail Runner is a very comfortable ride and so we were able to rest most of the way back.

I highly recommend you plan a day trip on the Rail Runner sometime. Check out their website for details on rates. There are quite a few opportunities for discounted rates and children under 9 are free. So grab the kids, take a friend, or just head out on your own. Stop by the Flying Star Cafe right across from the Santa Fe Depot or head down to the Plaza to eat. Either way, it's a fun little adventure and an affordable escape from the city limits.

Visit the Rail Runner's website at


Now that I've shared my RR experience, how about you guys? Have you take then train to/from Santa Fe? Does this make you want to go if you haven't? Leave your comments below!


rojo said...

Hello Eric,
I'll be visiting Santa Fe (well, New Mexico) for the first time ever. I thought of taking a plane straight to SF, but flying into Albuquerque and taking the train also sounds nice, though since I'll be using airline miles, there really isn't much difference cost-wise. So what I was wondering was if the scenery is nice between ABQ and SF, or if I should just save my time and go straight to SF. Thanks!

Eric Castillo said...

rojo - In my opinion, if you have the extra time, it's worth flying into ABQ to take the train. If you get in early enough, there's a bus that'll take you directly to the train station. If you're on a time crunch, you might want to fly directly into SF. But the train offers a comfortable ride and free Wi-Fi and the scenery is very nice so it's a great way to pass a couple of hours.