New Mexico multimodal railroad transit include 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, which is also the northern end of the RailRunner train line and where the Lamy Shuttle does pickup/dropoff for Southwest Chief passengers. Lamy is one of three meeting points for the Southwest Chief, so the shuttle departs Santa Fe for Lamy to dropoff eastbound passengers, and then an hour later brings back to Santa Fe westbound 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 11:49AM, yet the RoadRunneR shuttle schedule says 12:25PM. 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 last I checked: $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–and you might get left behind with a very expensive taxi ride, if you can get a taxi.
Example 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)
Wireless Phone in Lamy
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.
While waiting in Lamy for the Amtrak Southwest Chief, across the street is the reinvigorated historical Legal Tender Saloon and Museum, for all manner of victuals and recollections.
Radio Scanner Amtrak Lamy
You can listen with your scanner on 160.41 MHz for rail traffic west on Lamy on the BNSF host railroad, or east of Lamy on 160.59 MHz.