Overview of Hostel
The Santa Fe International Hostel (and Budget Bed & Breakfast) has operated for more than 30 years as a traditional hostel, meaning that all guests do a small daily job to help with upkeep and to participate in the community. We are a 501(c)(3) educational Not-For-Profit corporation. Our goal is to
** If Arriving By Car **
1) From the North – I-25
Take I-25 south to the St. Francis exit (exit 282.) Take St. Francis 1 mi.to Cordova (left at Whole Foods/Wild Oats Market) and turn left onto Cerrillos Road. Take Cerrillos Road south approximately 3 blocks. The hostel will be on your left at 1416 Cerrillos Road.
2) From the North – Highway 285
Coming down the long hill into Santa Fe, bear right. This becomes St. Francis. Go through several stoplights leading to the first complex intersection and turn right on Cerrillos Rd. and take it 1/2 Mi. to the hostel (on your left) at 1416 Cerrillos Road.
3) From the South – I-25:
Take I-25 North to Santa Fe. Take the Cerrillos Road exit, number 278. Continue north on Cerrillos Road about 6.5 miles to the Santa Fe International Hostel, on your right at 1416 (OFF STREET PARKING) We are 1/2 mi. north of the St. Michael’s Drive Intersection.
4) From the South – I-40 and 285:
From I-40 at Clines Corners, take 285 N to I-25 N (heading west) to the 2nd Santa Fe exit, which is St. Francis (exit 282.) Then follow the directions, above, for “From the North – I-25.”
The hostel has ample off-street parking.
** If Arriving By RailRunner **
Unless you are traveling by car, taking the RailRunner is by far the preferable method to arrive at the Santa Fe Hostel from points south. The train is inexpensive, leaves from downtown Albuquerque (near the Route 66 hostel), and drops off within an easy walk of the Santa Fe International Hostel.
As of September 13, 2009, the train now has weekend service (view schedule.) Be certain to check out the RailRunner schedule before making transfer plans utilizing the RailRunner.
Take the RailRunner from Albuquerque to the “South Capitol” station at 1301 Alta Vista.
From the station, walk south (toward Albuquerque) 1/2 block to Alta Vista and turn right. Walk along Alta Vista to Cerrillos Road (this is the first major intersection.)
Walk south (left) on Cerrillos Road for approximately two blocks. The hostel will be on your left.
View an interactive Google map which includes the RailRunner station or contact us for more information
** If Arriving By Bus **
!! Attention Greyhound Riders !! :
As of 2009, Greyhound no longer has service to Santa Fe. But don’t worry! If you’re traveling the states by Greyhound it is still very easy to get to the hostel either from Albuquerque (south of Santa Fe) or Denver (north of Santa Fe.)
1) Arriving from Albuquerque or points south of Santa Fe:
You will want to get off at the Greyhound station in Albuquerque, NM and walk directly next door to the RailRunner, New Mexico’s commuter rail between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. For direction via RailRunner, please visit the prior section on this page.
2) Arriving from Denver or points north of Santa Fe:
If you will come to Santa Fe via Denver or other points north, you can get to Santa Fe direct from Denver via Mexican bus lines. The El Paso – Los Angeles Limousine Service station is a five-minute walk from the Greyhound station and it is directly next to Denver’s Melbourne Hostel. The El Paso – Los Angeles Limousine Service runs between El Paso, TX and through Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver and as far as Los Angeles, CA. This bus isn’t fancy – but it’s better than Greyhound!
The bus does not stop in downtown Santa Fe but at a large gas station near the highway. The bus drop-off/pickup address is:
Giant Convenient Store
2691 Sawmill Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
To make reservations, contact the Albuquerque or Denver ticket station, as there is no Santa Fe number.
2901 Pan American Fwy NE
(Note: if going to or coming from ABQ, you’re much better off taking the Rail Runner Train. It’s quick, easy, and near the Route 66 Hostel in Albuquerque.)
2215 California St.
(Corner of California and 22nd)
(Note: the Denver bus stop is right next to the Melbourne Hostel in Denver.)
Some of the “Mexican” buses stop at the Conoco gas station across the street from the Giant station. And some of the buses scheduled for one accidentally stop across the street at the other but the walking directions to the hostel are the same for each.
To get to the hostel from the Giant (or Conoco) gas station:
Taxi – you can call Capital City Cab at (505)438-0000 and have them take you to 1412 Cerrillos Road. The cost will likely be between $20 and $30. The drive should take 5-10 minutes.
City Bus – Available during the day only. Walk to the #6 bus (heading north/west) to the Downtown City Bus Transfer station. Make sure to ask the driver for a “transfer,” as you will be transferring buses. From the Transfer station, take the #2 down Cerrillos Road to the hostel. You will be let out directly across the street from the hostel. At the time of this writing, this trip costs $1.00 and takes approxomately 2 hours.
Walk – For a good walker with luggage, the walk can be done in approxomately 1 hour if you talk the bike path along the railroad tracks (quiet, pretty) or 1.5 hours if you walk along the road (better lighting.) Bike/Walking Path: From the Giant station on Sawmill Road, walk north on St. Francis to Zia Road (NOTE: there is no sidewalk here.) At Zia Road, move a little bit to the west to find the path that follows the railroad tracks. Continue straight ahead between the buildings to a paved bike/walkway paralleling the tracks which will take you to Alta Vista, which is also the RailRunner South Capitol Station. Walking directions from there to the hostel are above. Walk Along the Road: Take St. Francis to Alta Vista. Make a left on Alta Vista and go a short distance to Cerrillos Road. Turn left on Cerrillos Road and walk down to the hostel at #1412.
Get a Ride – There’s always a chance that someone working or staying at the hostel can give you a ride. It’s not a given by any means, but feel free to call and ask. Our number is (505)988-1153. As of 2013, there is a working pay phone at the Giant station.
View an interactive Google map which includes the bus station or contact us for more information.
** If Arriving By Amtrak (Train) **
The closest Amtrak station to Santa Fe is in the town of Lamy. To get from Lamy to Santa Fe, you’ll want to take the Lamy Shuttle. The fee for the shuttle from the station to Santa Fe is often included in the price of your Amtrak ticket. You’ll want to verify that.
The Lamy Shuttle generally requires reservations. The Lamy Shuttle’s contact information is here.
** If Arriving By Airplane **
1) From the Albuquerque International Sunport (aka Albuquerque Airport (ABQ))
The RailRunner commuter train has created a new way to get from the ABQ airport to the Santa Fe International Hostel. From baggage claim, walk left to the end of the ground transportation arrivals area and board the RIDE Route 350 express handicap accessible van or #50 route bus. Take this to the RailRunner station and then follow the instructions at the top of this page for taking RailRunner to the Santa Fe International Hostel. Be certain to check the RailRunner weekday schedule and the RailRunner weekend schedule as the train runs 7 days/week but runs a limited service on weekends and holidays.
Failing a RailRunner connection, the best option for traveling between ABQ and the Santa Fe International Hostel is a shuttle bus, such as the Sandia Shuttle, from the ABQ airport directly to the hostel. If planning to arrive after 11pm, please keep our office hours in mind. and contact us if you have any questions.
You can also rent a car and drive. See “If Arriving By Car.”
2) From the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF)
The best way to get to the hostel from the Santa Fe airport is by taxi. (The city transit system ends two miles short of the airport.).
Santa Fe is known as the â��City Differentâ�� because of its unique blend of big-city attractions like the Santa Fe Opera and its unique southwest architecture. Santa Fe is also known for its art galleries and artists. Canyon Road is the hub of art activity in Santa Fe and it is accessible by foot or by bus (though a little walking is required after your short bus ride.) And the surrounding area is filled with national monuments, hiking trails, archaeological sites, and much more.
Conditions & Policy
Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. As a traditional hostel, we ask and require that all guests perform a small cleaning duty before check-out. Check in from 07:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 12:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. Breakfast included (self catering). No curfew. Child friendly. Non smoking. Office Hours: 7am – 11pm 365 days/year Please Note: Our office is open from 7am to 11pm but registered guests may come and go any time once they are registered. Balance of payment is due upon check-in. Cash only accepted at the desk. We require a photo ID. An active passport or out-of-state driver's license is preferred.