Santa Fe & Lamy, New Mexico Amtrak service

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.

Electric bike rental at Santa Fe 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:

  1. departs Santa Fe → Lamy to dropoff eastbound Southwest Chief passengers
  2. an hour later goes back Lamy → Santa Fe for westbound Southwest Chief passengers.

RailRunner train at Santa Fe station

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:

  1. Old Lamy Trail / Route 33 (1.6 miles)
  2. 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

For 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

The Amtrak Lamy, NM station is unstaffed.

Lamy 1930s timetable board

Cell Phone

Wireless was non-existent (cellular, Wifi) at or within about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) of the station. That is, cell phone service is NOT available within walking distance of Amtrak Lamy station. The Amtrak Lamy station does have a pay phone. Wireless coverage has improved, but is still spotty on the train either side of Lamy, NM.

Radio Scanner

Radio scanner hears trains on the BNSF host railroad:

  • 160.41 MHz: west of Lamy
  • 160.59 MHz: east of Lamy