Trip Planning

Information, advice and recommendations


Tips and recommendations for travel to Santa Fe

There are a few basics to all travel, getting here and getting home, places to stay, places to eat, and what to do. The last two are easy – you are coming for a workshop and Santa Fe is a famous foodie town. Below is help with the rest.

Traveling to Santa Fe

By air

There are 2 airports to choose from. Most choose based on airfare. Santa Fe (SAF) is small but can be convenient. This option is often but not always pricey when booking late. Fewer services and car rental options, but it is much closer to town than Albuquerque. Ground transportation at SAF.

Albuquerque (ABQ) is the regional international airport about 60 mile south of Santa Fe. There is pay shuttle service to hotels in Santa Fe, Sandia Shuttle. The airport also hosts the typical array of car rental companies.

By car

I always recommend getting off the interstate from time to time (or always) and giving yourself the time and permission to stop and look around. By car is one of the few modes of travel left that allow you any personal time and exploration.

By train

While Amtrak does stop in Lamy, it is difficult to get to town from there. Amtrak also stops in Albuquerque where you could taxi to get a rental car or take the commuter train, Rail Runner, to Santa Fe.


Staying in Santa Fe

The question we get all the time is where can I stay nearby the studio. Well the good news is nowhere, meaning we are a bit secluded and private. Even so Santa Fe Suites is only 12 minutes by car. Santa Fe Suites gives our students a great price of $55/night but you must call in your reservation (505.989.3600) and tell them you are with MakingArtSafely. Only way to get the best price.

If you are a frequent business traveler you know where you like to stay and I have learned to recommend that you do that. You’ve worked out a complete system for being comfortable in your preferred lodger.

If you are more independent try finding a place at Vacation Rentals by Owner, VRBO. I use them when possible and have been very pleased with my experience. There is also Airbnb which I have not used so cannot speak too.

Just to be clear for our clients who are used to public transportation – this is a small community with no real public transportation. If you drive you will want to get a car. This is the West and we take our pony with us everywhere!

Car Rental

We make our Budget Car Rental corporate account discount available to our visitors. See if you can get your car rental down in price, though with airport fees it doesn’t always help.

Go to Budget.

As soon as you begin to enter dates your choices expand. Find “Offer Code” and type in S007182. Continue with your reservation. Be certain you are entered as the driver and that your rental add-ons are reflected (child seat, insurance, etc). If you like the price, book it.

Share Expenses

If you are someone who knows how to share lodging and resources, I am willing to send an email out on your behalf. Just let me know.

Things to do