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Why Rent a Bus in Santa Fe?

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk

We understand that booking a private bus in Santa Fe may not be feasible for all travel groups. Keep on reading to learn more about different transportation options available for travelers in Santa Fe:

  • Rio Metro Regional: The Rio Metro Regional system includes bus and train services that travel between Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and surrounding areas. Hopping on the Rail Runner train is an easy way for groups to travel from Albuquerque International Airport to Santa Fe. Bus and train fare varies depending on where you're traveling in the area but costs up to $2.50 for a one-way ride. This regional public transit system is convenient if you’re traveling to downtown Santa Fe, but you’ll need an additional transportation option to get downtown
  • Santa Fe Trails Bus System: The Santa Fe Trails system provides the Santa Fe metro area with multiple bus routes and tourist shuttle services. There are around 10 bus routes and 3 shuttle service routes that stop by points of interest around Santa Fe. With free and discounted fares, taking the Trails bus or Santa Fe Pickup shuttle can be a great way to see the city on a budget. Though, large groups may have a hard time finding space on a public route. Taking the public bus may also be inconvenient for groups traveling on tight schedules.
  • Rideshares and taxis: Uber, Lyft, and local taxis are all available in Santa Fe. Rideshares and taxis are great options for relatively small groups that don’t want to be bothered with renting a car. Unfortunately, predicting the cost of a rideshare or taxi can be difficult. These options can also be tricky to organize for large groups of people in need of multiple vehicles.
  • Santa Fe charter bus rentals: Although renting a private charter bus may seem expensive up front, it’s often a cost-effective and convenient transportation option for large groups. Charter bus rentals come in a variety of models, including minibus rentals, to accommodate groups of all sizes. A Shofur representative will help you find the right type of charter bus rental for your Santa Fe trip. Charter buses can come equipped with amenities like personal climate controls, WiFi, upgraded interiors, and flat-screen TVs for comfortable trips. Your private bus will also be operated by a professional driver dedicated to traveling on your schedule.

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Wedding Shuttles in Santa Fe

Planning a wedding can be a stressful and long process but Shofur can take one big task off your plate—guest transportation. If you’re getting married at the historic Saint Francis Cathedral but plan to have your reception at nearby ​​La Fonda, a wedding bus rental service can help your guests travel swiftly between locations. A shuttle can be arranged to ensure your friends and family won’t have to move their vehicles, struggle to park, or get lost if they’re unfamiliar with Santa Fe. We’ll even have guest transportation covered if your wedding is being held outside of Santa Fe in gorgeous venues like the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Your guests can hop on a sleek shuttle bus rental and ride to your service without needing to drive, park, or worry about a DD after the event.

Corporate Event Shuttles in Santa Fe

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As New Mexico’s capital city and a business hub in the region, Santa Fe businesses may want to consider an employee shuttle service to other major cities like Albuquerque, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Shofur has organized employee shuttles for businesses with multiple offices in different cities and for special corporate events like team-building days, off-site meetings, and trainings.

Traveling regularly from Santa Fe to offices in Albuquerque or other major cities can become exhausting for employees. Rather than reimbursing multiple employees for vehicle mileage out of town, book a private corporate shuttle service. A corporate shuttle can be used for daily, weekly, or monthly recurring commutes around Santa Fe or nearby cities. Your shuttle can include amenities like WiFi, power outlets, USB ports, and flat-screen TVs on board. If you need upscale shuttle service for executives, you can also request vehicles with upgraded interiors like leather seats and wood-style flooring.

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Sporting Event Transportation in Santa Fe

Santa Fe sports teams or athletic clubs in need of transportation should consider booking a full-size charter bus rental for an upcoming game. Booking a charter bus rental for sporting events is the best way to keep your players comfortable and well-rested for big games. Save the frustration of feeling cramped or having to leave equipment or bags behind after packing van trunks to the gills. A spacious 56-passenger charter bus rental will have all the legroom and storage space you need! Store all of your luggage in bays beneath the bus and relax onboard with plush seating, personal climate controls, WiFi, and flat-screen TVs.

Although New Mexico doesn’t have a major league professional sports team, Shofur can help sports fans travel to collegiate games around the state. Get an alumni group together for homecoming games at UNM or NMSU without having to worry about transportation. Focus on packing your bags and planning a big tailgate while Shofur organizes your ride. Even if you’re a fan of professional league teams in other states, Shofur will have your transportation covered. Book a comfortable private charter bus rental from Santa Fe to Dallas to cheer on the Cowboys or to Denver to support the Broncos.

Field Trips in Santa Fe

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Field Trips in Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s rich history and culture make it a wonderful city for academic trips. As one of the greatest art cities in the country, students of all ages will learn about everything from international folk art to the culture of local Native American groups. A charter bus rental can upgrade your field trip day at any of Santa Fe’s museums or landmarks. Students can enjoy the ride while streaming music with onboard WiFi or enjoying a movie on the bus’s TVs. Renting a bus with Shofur also means your students will be professional and safe hands to any destination in Santa Fe.

Here are just a few popular educational destinations we can help you see in Santa Fe: 

Museum of International Folk Art

Address: On Museum Hill, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-1204

With over 130,000 representing more than 100 countries, the Museum of International Folk Art is the perfect place for cultural learning. The museum offers guided educational tours through its collection. The Girard Wing is a major highlight in the museum, housing the extensive once-private collection of Alexander Girard.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Address: 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-1269

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is dedicated to telling the stories and history of Native Americans in the Southwest. The museum’s collection includes more than 75,000 objects including textiles, pottery, jewelry, and contemporary art from multiple Puebloan communities, Navajo, and Apache tribes.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Address: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 946-1000

Considered the “Mother of  American Modernism,” Georgia O'Keeffe is one of New Mexico's most famous modern artists. Although O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin and lived much of her life in Texas and New York, she spent long periods painting the landscape and nature in New Mexico. The museum is dedicated to O'Keeffe’s artistic legacy and offers engaging guided tours for K-12 students.

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Our Favorite Group-Friendly Destinations in Santa Fe

If you’re looking for group-friendly destinations to add to your Santa Fe itinerary, we’ve got a few ideas. Here are some of Santa Fe’s most popular destinations to consider for your group trip: 

Meow Wolf Santa Fe

Good for: field trips or group trips with kids, private group tours, unique company events

Address: 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Phone: (866) 636-9969

Meow Wolf Santa Fe is a unique, immersive art experience in Santa Fe. Just think of Alice in Wonderland, a sci-fi movie, and a mysterious haunted house all rolled into one. This attraction has more than 70 rooms of interactive art that will take guests through a mysterious storyline, driving the adventure through each room. Meow Wolf is suitable for visitors of all ages but can be a sensory overload for some guests.

Charter bus tip: Be sure to book group admission in advance. Depending on when you plan to visit, the main parking lot may be packed. Additional street parking can be found on Rufina Circle.

 

Santa Fe Plaza

Good for: groups of history lovers, private group tours

Address: 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 955-6200

This National Historic Landmark is considered the heart of Santa Fe. You’ll find a variety of restaurants, shops, and local native artisans selling handmade goods like jewelry, clothing, and paintings. The plaza also houses the historic Palace of the Governors, an adobe structure that was established in 1610 as the seat of New Mexico's government. Walk around the plaza, do some shopping, tour historic structures, and enjoy community converts or seasonal events.

Charter bus tip: Most parking in the immediate area are metered street spots. Oversized vehicles like buses may need to locate a different parking area.

 

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Good for: religious groups, art and history lovers

Address: 131 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 982-5619

Visiting Saint Francis Cathedral is a must for groups interested in religious history or architecture. This Romanesque Revival-style church finished construction in 1887 as an addition to an older adobe church established in 1714. The church is open for self-guided tours during designated hours throughout the week. Just be sure to check the church’s schedule to ensure you’re not interrupting mass.

Charter bus tip: The church has a private parking lot but options for oversized vehicles may be limited during busy days. Your driver may have to drop your group off before finding parking on nearby streets.

Rent a Charter Bus in Santa Fe with Shofur

Shofur has representatives available around the clock to help you book a charter bus rental in Santa Fe. Create your travel itinerary and give us a call whenever you’re ready to find the right bus for your trip. We’re here 2/47 at 1-800-436-8719

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Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Santa Fe

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$110 - $170
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$105 - $160
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