New Mexico multimodal railroad transit includes the Rail Runner from Belen, NM and Amtrak service to Santa Fe, NM. Electric bike and bike rentals are available at the main Santa Fe train station. The Santa Fe station is the northern terminus of the RailRunner train line, and where the Lamy Shuttle does pickup/dropoff for Amtrak Southwest Chief passengers. The Amtrak Southwest Chief does not directly arrive in Santa Fe, but rather in Lamy, with a bus/van between Lamy and Santa Fe.
Lamy is one of three meeting points for the Southwest Chief, so the shuttle
- departs Santa Fe → Lamy to dropoff eastbound Southwest Chief passengers
- an hour later goes back Lamy → Santa Fe for westbound Southwest Chief passengers.
Rail travelers from east and west of Santa Fe use the Amtrak Southwest Chief, connecting to/from Santa Fe either via Albuquerque and the RailRunneR train or perhaps more popularly via the Lamy, NM Amtrak station and the RoadRunneR Lamy-Santa Fe van shuttle.
Roadrunner van shuttle Lamy ↔ Santa Fe
RailRunneR trains have sparse (infrequent) departure times between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, that might not line up with the Amtrak Southwest Chief ABQ arrival. Due to the much shorter distance (18 miles / 29 km / 25 minutes) from Lamy to Santa Fe, the Lamy shuttle is a popular option for Amtrak travelers going to/from Santa Fe. The general routing from Lamy to Santa Fe on the RoadRunneR Shuttle is:
- Old Lamy Trail / Route 33 (1.6 miles)
- US-285/I-25 to NM-466 (16.4 miles)
RoadRunneR Lamy-Santa Fe shuttle schedule
Pickup from Santa Fe is ticketed at 11:42 AM, yet the RoadRunneR shuttle schedule says 12:25 PM. Best as always to be a bit early and keep looking out the window for the shuttle, which may be an SUV on slower days. RoadRunneR took over the Lamy shuttle in 2016 from Tony, whose small business had been driving for 32 years prior to his retirement.
At the time of this writing, the Amtrak scheduled arrivals at Lamy were 1:17pm eastbound (train 4) and 2:20pm westbound (train 3). The RoadRunneR schedule means that one van/SUV takes westbound and eastbound passengers at the same time. When the Amtrak Southwest Chief is roughly on schedule, this means that you all go together and wait for whichever train is later. Under extreme delays of one train, I would guess that they wouldn’t make people wait hours in Lamy since it’s only a 25 minute drive.
RoadRunneR Lamy ↔ Santa Fe shuttle pricing
The unscheduled (on the spot) and pre-scheduled (via Amtrak) pricing is the same: $40. This can of course change at any moment. You will not save any money by just showing up and paying “cash” for the Lamy-Santa Fe shuttle. You might get left behind with a very expensive taxi ride, if you can get a taxi since there’s no cell phone service at Lamy station.
Amtrak Lamy-Santa Fe shuttle family price
Mom, Grandma (senior), and Grandson (child) are taking the RoadRunneR Shuttle to/from Santa Fe to connect to the Amtrak Southwest Chief. Given the 50% child discount and the 15% senior discount, the shuttle round trip additional cost will be: 2 * (40 + 40 * 0.5 + 40 * 0.85) = $188. Yes, that is not insignificant, particularly if they were traveling coach, the Lamy shuttle will cost a significant fraction of the overall ticket price.
Example fare single adult Los Angeles-Santa Fe or Albuquerque
LAX-ABQ: $83 + $9 RailRunneR (be sure the RailRunneR train isn’t making your wait several hours for the transfer!) LAX-LMY: $83 LAX-SAF: $123 (adds $40 for Santa Fe shuttle)
Amtrak Lamy, NM station
As of June 1, 2018, the Amtrak Lamy, NM station is unstaffed.
Wireless was non-existent (cellular, Wifi) at or near the station. That is, cell phone service is NOT available within walking distance of Amtrak Lamy station. The van service went about 1.5 miles down the road (Old Lamy Trail / Route 33) toward Albuquerque before calling in their departure due to no signal for them, either.
The Amtrak Lamy station does have a pay phone, but remember that technology can break at any time. So as always during traveling, have a backup plan. Coming from the west (on train 6) the last place you might have cell coverage is the greater Albuquerque, NM area. Coming from the east (on train 5), the last place you might have cell coverage is coming through Las Vegas, NM area. That means in both directions approaching Lamy you will be without cell coverage for about 2 hours before arriving at Lamy.
The historical Legal Tender Saloon and Museum hours of operation have been varying. Check ahead before your trip to see if they’ll be open.
Radio scanner hears trains on the BNSF host railroad:
- 160.41 MHz: west of Lamy
- 160.59 MHz: east of Lamy