Air:  The airport serving our conference is Albuquerque International Sunport, airport code: ABQ. The Sunport is served by seven major commercial carriers: Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United and offers nonstop service to 24 US cities. The Albuquerque International Sunport is one of the country’s most culturally unique airports because of the architecture and 113-piece permanent art collection.  

 TrainAmtrak® services Albuquerque twice daily on the Southwest Chief® route. You can take in the grandeur of the American west on an adventure between Chicago and Los Angeles.  Travel through eight states, past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos, mountains and desert.



Shuttle Service:  CLS Transportation, WEEF-GEDC’ss Preferred Airport Transportation Partner, is providing a round-trip shuttle service at a discounted rate.


Taxi:  Taxis can be found parked outside of baggage claim. Please note Albuquerque has a limited inventory of taxis and at times you may need to wait for a cab, especially in the late evening. Also, if using taxis for local travel, plan on wait time.



App-Based Providers:  Albuquerque is served by both Lyft and Uber.



Rental Cars:  Albuquerque is a true southwestern town, designed for automobiles. More focus has been placed on the pedestrians, bikes and public transportation in the last decade, but if you truly want to discover our city, we recommend renting a vehicle. All major rental car companies serve Albuquerque. Don’t forget to check American Express, Costco or AAA when searching rates, as they offer some great discounts.     

Public Bus:  The ABQ Ride public bus system includes the Rapid Ride along heavily traveled corridors. Opening in 2017 is Albuquerque Rapid Transit or ART which combines many features of rail transit with the flexibility of buses and will be able to take visitors quickly from the historic Old Town and nearby museums to the trendy shops and restaurants of Nob Hill and Uptown with three major shopping malls.

Commuter Train:  The NM Rail Runner commuter train makes day trips to Santa Fe and surrounding communities easy. The scenery on the 80-mile trip between Santa Fe and Albuquerque hasn’t changed much since Santa Fe’s founding more than 400 years ago. WiFi is available onboard. 

Biking:  The City of Albuquerque has more than 400 miles of bike paths and trails. Our vast network of biking trails has even garnered national attention such as being ranked ‘third-best bicycling city’ by Bicycling Magazine. However, the locals would tell you our best bike paths are in more remote locations and best for exercise and adventure versus commuting. 


We bask in 310 days of sunshine and are blessed with a mild, dry climate and four distinctly beautiful seasons. Albuquerque lies at an elevation of over 5,000 feet and enjoys a high desert climate. Days are generally sunny and warm but as the sun sets, the temperature falls. Be aware that low humidity and lots of sunshine means visitors need to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water as well as using lotion and sunblock for protection, even in the winter.

November Weather in Albuquerque 
It’s winter in Albuquerque and we welcome the smell of piñon wood burning in fireplaces throughout the city! 

Average high temperature: 57°F / 14°C,
Average Low Temperature: 31°F / 1°C. 

Chilly? Possibly, depending on where you are from, however, there will be an 87% chance of sunshine! Since the average humidity in November is only around 48%, you don’t feel the cold as you would in a humid locale.


Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. Standard electric plugs have two flat blades. The plugs on some newer appliances have a third, round grounding pin. 


The US Dollar (USD) is the currency of the United States. The dollar has 100 cents, with coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 & 50 cents and 1 dollar. Notes come in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.

Credit cards, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at currency exchanges or banks but are not as widely accepted. For the latest currency exchange, click here.

Albuquerque does NOT offer currency exchange at the Albuquerque International Airport. The best way to obtain US Dollars is through a direct withdrawal from an ATM. 


The conference organizing committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Attendees are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. For Europeans, the US does not recognize the EHIC card, so it is strongly advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before traveling. Where an attendee has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply.


Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas and workplaces, including enclosed restaurants, pubs, and bars. Smoking is still permitted in hotel bedrooms which are designated as smoking bedrooms by the hotel. Smoking in bedrooms in guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation is at the discretion of the owner. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.


Starting November 4, 2018, New Mexico will be on Mountain Standard Time.



Tipping can be confusing and varies. But a general rule for servers is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the pre-tax bill. If a porter or shuttle driver helps you with your bags, give them $1-2 per bag.  You should also tip your bartender or any other service provider. When in doubt, ask a local, but know that we don’t always agree with each other!



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