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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Los Angeles to Albuquerque. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to Albuquerque usually takes around 19 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 16 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance666 mi (1071 km)
Fastest train16h 25m
Lowest price$69.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Albuquerque, NM

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Chinyere

December 29, 2019- Business

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Ease of purchase. Cons: Prices. Tips: It's not really comfortable for tall people.

Pros: Ease of purchase. Cons: Prices. Tips: It's not really comfortable for tall people.

3.0

Claire

July 20, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: The view and the viewing carriage. Cons: Food downstairs was disgusting (microwaved burgers etc) and the food in the dining car upstairs was way overpriced. Bathroom doors didn't lock properly. Wifi was advertised but wasn't actually offered. Chairs relatively co...

Pros: The view and the viewing carriage. Cons: Food downstairs was disgusting (microwaved burgers etc) and the food in the dining car upstairs was way overpriced. Bathroom doors didn't lock properly. Wifi was advertised but wasn't actually offered. Chairs relatively comfortable but perhaps dividers are needed between seats, as the person next to me took up space on my seat. Tips: Don't expect wifi! I would definitely take a pillow and blanket (it got quite cold!). I ended up sleeping in the viewing car because I could lie down. Take ear plugs and an eye cover for sleep. Definitely pack your own food!! Have a book and downloaded movies.

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What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Albuquerque?

In the last month, $77.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Albuquerque, NM. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $33.92 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Los Angeles to Albuquerque will vary between $73 and $129. Planning a train trip to Albuquerque within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Los Angeles over the next 7 days is $77. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Los Angeles to Albuquerque by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $79 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Los Angeles to Albuquerque in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $102 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$125$100$75$50$253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Albuquerque from Los Angeles will be about $33.92 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to Albuquerque?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak123h 21m$102.64
Amtrak Southwest Chief116h 26m$90.97
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Albuquerque every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $81.

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  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Los Angeles to Albuquerque start from $69, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Albuquerque. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station . And in Albuquerque trains arrive at Alvarado Transportation Center - 314 1st St SW .

    From Los Angeles to Albuquerque train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 16 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Albuquerque faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 16 hours and 25 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Albuquerque on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Los Angeles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to Albuquerque during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Albuquerque?

The distance between Los Angeles and Albuquerque is approximately 666 miles, or 1071 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 19 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 16 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Los Angeles to Albuquerque tend to have the most passangers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to Albuquerque?

Trains leave the station in Los Angeles twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Albuquerque faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Albuquerque to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Albuquerque for $107.00.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Albuquerque

A city rich in history and culture, Albuquerque offers an exciting mix of Hispanic and Native American cultural elements. The city’s main attraction is the Old Town quarter, which has been around for over 300 years. Featuring quaint cobblestone streets and brightly colored adobe huts, the quarter is a perfect blend of the two cultures, making it a rare sight in the U.S. The quarter also houses the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city. Nature lovers will find the ABQ BioPark a pleasant surprise. Featuring an aquarium, a beach, a zoo, and a botanical garden, the park offers enough fun for the whole day. If you wish to learn more about the local Native American heritage, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the place to visit.

The Albuquerque food scene is among the most vibrant around. The state’s staple dishes are strong and spicy with a very distinctive New Mexican vibe. The best place to check out these dishes is at High Noon Restaurant and Saloon, a local favorite. Don’t forget to try out the city’s unique wine scene as well, and if you wish to sample different varieties, the Albuquerque Wine Festival is a great chance to do so.

The Alvarado Transportation Center is the busiest bus and train station in the city. Bus service by Greyhound and Jefferson Lines will take you from Albuquerque to various cities such as Phoenix, Dallas or even Chicago. For trains, the local Amtrak lines can take you to Denver, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City and beyond. The main airport of the city is the Albuquerque International Airport, 3 miles southeast of the central business district.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

Where is the train station in Albuquerque?

Alvarado Transportation Center - 314 1st St SW  - ABQAMT-0

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Alvarado Transportation Center - 314 1st St SW  - ABQAMT-1

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Arrival stations

Located in a busy area in Downtown Albuquerque, Alvarado Transportation Center is a multi-modal transportation center that serves intercity buses and trains. The station is currently situated on the site of the fabled Alvarado Hotel, once a luxury railroad hotel for early 20th century travelers. Maintaining the Mission Revival style of the now-demolished hotel, the Alvarado Transportation Center features arched entryways and a large clocktower that welcomes current passengers. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line stops in Albuquerque along its Los Angeles to Chicago route, and Jefferson Lines and Greyhound operate bus service through the station as well. From the station’s downtown location, you can connect with local public transit to access the rest of the city.

All train stations in Albuquerque:

  • Alvarado Transportation Center - 314 1st St SW

Need a return trip from Albuquerque to Los Angeles?

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