Car rental alternatives in Albuquerque, NM

Desert adventures
in Albuquerque

Resting tranquilly along the Rio Grande, beside the rosy Sandia Mountains, the relaxed sprawl of Albuquerque is the most populated in New Mexico — though you’d never know. It’s a popular setting for TV shows and movie production, so these days, in addition to the numerous historic highlights, you’ll find hip coffee shops, craft breweries, and farm-to-table cafes tucked into shipping crates.

Even if you’re making your way to the ever-popular Santa Fe, pick up your Albuquerque airport car rental alternative and scoot around town for a great bite and a tour through the ABQ.

Albuquerque Favorites

While the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the best-known attraction in Albuquerque, there are other ways to appreciate the landscape and the history of the city if you just start your Albuquerque car rental alternative.

Sandia Peak Tramway

Take the 3-mile tramway up into the Sandia Mountains for an astonishing lookout point over the entire Rio Grande Valley. Keep that view in sight at a mountain-top restaurant or on a hike.

Petroglyph National Monument

This collection of petroglyphs west of the Rio Grande are between 300 and 25,000 years old, and were preserved by lava flow so you can still interpret the life and times of ancient people.

Unser Racing Museum

Learn about the history and modern technologies of auto racing, and peruse this personal collection of antique cars and trophies from a prominent racing family. Don’t miss the electrifying racing simulator!

Top hosts in Albuquerque, NM

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Matt is quick to respond and the trip was a nice experience.
Virgil - September 12, 2019
Matt provided easy and clear communication throughout my rental, and his car was in excellent condition. Pickup & return was very easy. Great car for the value!
Erin - August 5, 2019
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Hit the road

Albuquerque is surrounded by the colorful natural beauty of New Mexico. Book your Albuquerque car rental alternative on Turo and begin with these striking favorites.

Acoma Sky City Pueblo

Climb to the top of a 400-foot mesa in your Albuquerque car rental alternative to tour the cliff dwellings, village, and cultural center that preserve the art and history of the indigenous Acoma people.

Jemez Springs

Make the hour drive in your Albuquerque car rental alternative to where red mesas tumble into green river beds. The area is littered with natural hot springs that you can hike to for a satisfying soak.


This mountainous, bohemian city is a haven for artists, collectors, and ski bums. It’s also a popular stop for sustainable-living fans on their way to visit Earthship Biotecture headquarters.

Average ratings in Albuquerque (4.9 stars)

Chevrolet Spark 2013
I enjoyed renting Sara’s cute little green car. Affordable, great mpg. Airport pick up and drop off a great perk over commercial rental cars.
Eric M. - June 22, 2018
Chevrolet Spark 2013
This was my first Turo experience and it was awesome and easy! Sara was great, and communicated clearly. The car was exactly what I needed and I loved not dealing with the big car rental companies. I'll definitely rent from her again when I am next out in the area.
Leslie C. - April 3, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Second great rental with Turo. Josh's car was clean and pickup was easy. No problems and the communication was great. Thanks Josh.
Jason M. - August 24, 2019
Toyota Prius 2010
Best car I’ve ever rented. Drove hundreds of miles but spent only $10 on gasoline. Very smooth drive. Powerful. Great handling. Feels new. Fujie is a great host. Very responsive. Nice. Professional. Thank you for letting me drive Snow White.
Anton S. - August 29, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
Wonderful experience! Dan was a pleasure to work with, made pickup and drop off very convenient and straight forward. Hands down the best car rental experience I've had! And the car - what a car! The perfect match for NM mountain roads.
David K. - October 4, 2018
BMW 7 Series 2008
Great guy. He could not give me his 7 series. So he offered me his X1 from 2018. I accepted, of course. I had enough miles to visit Albuquerque, drive to the VLA and the Space Airport. He even drove me to the airport. So everything was great. If you rent a car via Turo in Albuquerque, this guy should be your number one!!
Matthias B. - May 14, 2018
Toyota Prius 2012
Marc was responsive, kind and helpful! The car is easy to drive, comfortable and has good gas mileage. I would definitely rent again if he will have me!
Milena P. - August 22, 2019
Jaguar F-TYPE 2015
This car is....Wow, super freaking fast! Impressed a few girls with this car and fun to drive. I will definitely be renting this car more often
Romar H. - September 1, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Marc was great! He picked us at the airport and drove us to a nearby restaurant to process the switch. Did the same thing on the return so there was no hassle. Car worked perfectly and I’d rent it again.
Matthew B. - September 3, 2019
Tesla Model S 2014
Michael’s Tesla was perfect for my week long trip to Taos! He gave me detailed instructions on how and where to pick up and drop off the car. As a fellow Tesla owner, I couldn’t have been happier.
Laura T. - September 6, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
I highly recommend renting Josh’s Accord to anyone visiting Albuquerque. I’ve used car share services for a while now and the rental experience with Josh’s Accord was without question one of the best I’ve had. Josh set a very reasonable rate for such a nice car, was very responsive throughout our trip, and went above and beyond when one of the previous drivers had left an odor in the car. Josh’s Accord is a pleasure to drive and ride in for trips around NM— a very comfortable car, with a wonderful sound system, and the car was spotless when we picked it up. And I really enjoyed getting to chat with him at the end of our trip. Really helped make our trip so enjoyable!
Jonathan K. - December 17, 2018
Carol Anne
Toyota Prius 2016
We were in Albuquerque for the senior Olympics. We used car to get around Albuquerque to get events and sightseeing. Zoltan could not meet us at airport but that was fine his car was a short taxi ride from airport. His cat greeted us warmly as we picked up car. The car was clean, ran great and trunk space fit all 4 suit cases and more. On returning car he was there and he took us to airport. It was nice to meet him and personally thank him for the use of his car. Zoltan is a very nice guy and we would rent from him again.
Carol Anne L. - June 21, 2019
BMW 7 Series 2008
Found out about Turo when there were almost no cars available in Albuquerque due to a large convention. This couldn’t have been better. Frankie was delightful and gave us great restaurant recommendations. I’ll miss driving his BMW!
Susan S. - June 22, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
I will never use a regular rental car service ever again! Josh’s Accord was perfect for our trip and saved us tons of time with pick up and drop off! Communication was great and everything went very smoothly. Absolutely would recommended to anyone.
Lisa C. - July 28, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Josh was great, communicative, quick to reply, check in and out was a breeze. Car was amazing, smooth ride, quiet, comfortable, great on gas. Next time I'm back in Albuquerque I'll definitely be renting from him again. Thanks Josh!
Scott S. - July 10, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Our trip to New Mexico and picking up Josh’s Honda at the ABQ airport went very smoothly. Thanks Josh. I highly recommend Josh’s very sporty Honda Accord. The convenience and value between rental and TURO is very striking. Rent Josh’s car to see this for yourself. Martin / Toronto, Canada
Martin G. - August 10, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Thanks Marc , we had a great time and the car was perfect !
Daniel R. - August 26, 2019
Nissan Versa 2016
William is great! The car runs perfectlyand the AC is fantastic! Thank you!
Jasmin E. - August 21, 2019
Mazda 3 2012
Ben was a great host, worked with us on scheduling and pickup/drop off. Car is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage. Thanks Ben!
Matthew L. - September 8, 2019
Ford Focus 2012
Daniel was a very friendly, a great communicator and on-time. The car was clean and as described. Highly recommend.
David S. - September 12, 2019
Toyota Camry 2018
Aaron made my trip easy and seamless, I would be happy to book his vehicle again.
Connor F. - September 10, 2019
Toyota Prius 2010
Awesome couple to rent from very friendly
Daniel C. - September 11, 2019
Audi A6 2007
Matt is quick to respond and the trip was a nice experience.
Virgil R. - September 12, 2019
Jaguar XF 2016
This car was a head turner. Definitely impressed a lot of people. Henry is also very professional and easy to talk to. Great experience
Romar H. - September 1, 2019
Toyota Prius 2010
Owners are friendly! Car was clean and so gas efficient. Over-mileage fee was reasonable.
Ben K. - September 1, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Josh was fantastic, really clear and responsive. The car was so smooth to drive, very clean and well maintained. I'd reccomend him and his car in a heart beat.
Emiy R. - September 3, 2019
Ford Mustang 2019
Tim communicated very well and the car was a treat to drive. Great experience overall!
Brady T. - September 2, 2019
Lexus IS 350 2014
Kelly was great to work with. The car was clean, comfortable, and fun to drive.
Fernando F. - September 3, 2019
Kia Rio 2014
Anastacio continues to provide a great service. I will always rent from him.
Deven C. - September 5, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
This car was perfect. Roomy and comfortable, but not too big. Very good mileage. Josh was great with communication, especially as I booked it with 12 hours notice. Couldn't have been better!
Jemima S. - September 16, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Marc and his wife, Glynn, were very accommodating. My flight into ABQ was delayed, but they adapted their plans to my new arrival time. I mistakenly chose the wrong return date and needed to extend the trip. Again, they were flexible and so kind. The Prius was clean, easy to drive, and in great condition. I highly recommend this vehicle and this owner!!
Shauna D. - September 16, 2019
Suzuki Reno 2008
Anastacio was very punctual. He stayed in communication with us. We had special request for drop off and return and he was more than welcome to accommodate us. The vehicle runs well for 2006. It has AC and heating, pretty good fuel mileage, and has an audio jack. If you are looking for cheap reliable vehicle to ride around Albuquerque this is your vehicle. I will recommend riding in the local area but I would not recommend this vehicle for long trips. Long trips meaning over 300 miles. I will definitely look up thisRenter in the future shall I need a car while in Albuquerque.
Cornelius H. - March 31, 2018
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
Best car in Albuquerque! I like renting from Turo for fun and have rented some very fast and fun cars in other states. Took me forever to do Turo here, but as soon as I saw this car available and saw the very reasonable price I booked it ASAP! Had such an exhilarating weekend with friends, family, and of course my lovely girlfriend :)
Trevor K. - October 28, 2018
Audi A6 2007
Matt provided easy and clear communication throughout my rental, and his car was in excellent condition. Pickup & return was very easy. Great car for the value!
Erin F. - August 5, 2019
Audi A4 2008
Matt was very responsive throughout the trip, even before the trip when we coordinated a car seat for our toddler. He was willing to pick up and install the seat prior to our arrival, which he ultimately did. He bought a beautiful new car seat for our trip. He was flexible with our pickup date as we had weather issues that delayed our flight. Highly recommend renting from him for your trip. Very understanding, compassionate, and flexible. A++++
Jaclyn H. - July 19, 2019
Audi A4 2008
Perfect, fun car for sightseeing and hiking around Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Tony O. - June 30, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
This car was perfect for the weeklong trip I had with my family. Marc was so cool, easy to communicate with, and a very friendly guy. Would definitely rent from him again! Plus the prius was a very nice ride! So thankful.
MICHELE P. - August 17, 2019
Porsche Cayman 2007
Thanks again Matt! What a great machine to cruise NM!
Michael N. - September 9, 2019
Toyota Prius 2012
Marc was really easy to work with and quick to respond. This Prius runs great!
Jordan L. - September 10, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Josh was great, very accomodating.
Lori O. - September 10, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
Driving around Dan’s convertible after my wedding day was one of the most amazing experiences me and my new wife could have asked for! Super clean, Easiest pickup you could ask for. I live in ABQ and I would 100% do this again for any special occasion!
Alex M. - August 26, 2019
Kia Rio 2014
Anastacio was very easy to work with and meet all my needs. He was also very flexible.
Rosanne M. - August 27, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
So much fun, and the pickup/drop off was phenomenal
Jacob P. - August 29, 2019
Audi A4 2008
Matt was great. Pickup and dropoff wer
Charlene C. - August 31, 2019
Ford Focus 2012
Daniel was great about making the pickup and return as convenient as possible
Jose D. - September 4, 2019
Audi A6 2007
My first experience with Turo and I couldn’t be happier. Matt was great to work with, communications were clear. No issues whatsoever. Really enjoyed using the Audi. I hope to be able to use Matt’s services again, highly recommended.
Eric S. - September 16, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
The Saab is such a great ride! And Matt has a great system to get you driving.
Rachel G. - September 18, 2019
BMW 7 Series 2008
Frankie was super accommodating and provided a car in great shape! We enjoyed our rental through Frankie and would gladly use him next time we are in Albuquerque.
Ashley R. - October 9, 2018
Ford Focus 2017
He was so so so nice and accommodating and made this trip so easy! Plus it was nice to be able to rent from another military family. We will definitely be renting from him again if we return to Albuquerque.
Marie M. - June 12, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Josh’s Honda was so clean it looked new. He was very flexible in several changes to my schedule and very accommodating. Would highly recommend using Josh’s Honda if you are in Albuquerque.
HL C. - June 22, 2019
Ford Focus 2017
Gabriel was so accommodating. Car was great! Would definitely rent again!
Isadora K. - June 24, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2013
Cannot recommend this car and Colleen enough! Easy pick up and drop off and very flexible. The car is great on mileage and Bluetooth to listen to tunes :) will definitely rent again when I’m in ABQ!
Stephanie H. - June 27, 2019
Ford Mustang 2012
Matt was over the top with clear communication and accommodation for my trip. Smoothest interaction and value one could imagine, I will definitely be renting from his fleet of cars whenever in NM.
Joel F. - April 24, 2019
Lexus IS 350 2015
Awesome trip! Very nice car and New Mexico was great! I'll definitely be back soon.
Frank K. - July 28, 2019
Audi A6 2007
This was my very first turo experience. Matt was SO great to work with and responsive. The car was easy to pick up from the airport and drives great! The only thing to be mindful of is that it is an older model so it does not have a USB port. Not a big deal if you plan ahead.
Hailey D. - July 27, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Awesome guy and a great car!This was my first trip with Turo and I'm truly amazed at how much of a breeze it was from start to finish👌🏼
Kolby C. - June 30, 2019
Kia Rio 2014
Anastacios car was super reliable and communication was very direct! It made our trip to Santa fe so amazing in being able to get to places without paying for uber's every time
Charlie G. - August 8, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2013
Great communication, great car for in town and commuting. My second time renting with Colleen - highly recommend!
Christina W. - July 18, 2019
Jaguar F-TYPE 2015
Second trip with this host/car, both exceptional. Would high recommend to anyone looking for a great experience!
Michael S. - August 16, 2019
Subaru Legacy 2012
Aspen was just great, very flexible and communicative. Next time I am in Albuquerque I will be renting from her again. If you need a reliable car to explore New Mexico you cannot go wrong with Aspen's Legacy.
Adam M. - October 11, 2018
Volkswagen Passat 2013
I really enjoyed driving Edward’s Passat while in Albuquerque. The car gets incredible gas mileage and was fun to drive. Pick up and drop off were super easy. I’d rent this car again next time I’m in town and absolutely recommend it for anyone else.
Lauren J. - April 28, 2018
Suzuki Reno 2008
Everything was ok with Anastacio’s ride, great fuel economy with the car, next time I get to Albuquerque I’ll make sure to get one of his cars again.
Michel R. - May 14, 2018
BMW 7 Series 2008
Frankie was great to work with. Good communicator and very responsive. Followed up quickly when I requested an extra day. His BMW rides very smoothly and has more bells and whistles than I could master in one trip. Coolest thing was how the steering wheel comes out to meet you when you turn the car on. All in all a very satisfactory rental experience.
John R. - August 1, 2018
Kia Soul 2010
The whole process was easy, the car clean, functional and reliable. And Dan was an easy guy to work with. Much more personal than dealing with the rental car company!
Clarence S. - October 26, 2018
Volkswagen Jetta 2013
Great experience with Colleen’s VW Jetta! Pick up was easy, the car was very clean and run smoothly. Colleen was excellent in communicating to arrange pick up and drop off. Great option for exploring Albuquerque and the area!
Kaloyan V. - April 1, 2019
Ford Focus 2015
Tereza made pick up and drop off so easy at the airport. Her car was perfect for seeing Albuquerque both in city and Route 66 driving.
Robert R. - April 2, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
Quick communications. Nice car, fun to drive a stick rental than auto as that is what we are used to. Will rent from Matt again next time we come to NM. Thank you for your graciousness.
Sylvia O. - April 7, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
The Fiat is an amazing, fun and oh so exciting vehicle to get around in. The best part of my rental experience, honestly, was meeting Dan and how easy he made the entire trip by answering my questions and the ease and convenience regarding pick up and drop off to and from the airport. I would definitely rent this gorgeous vehicle again and Dan was a pleasure to meet and rent from!
Margaret F. - September 24, 2018
Chevrolet Sonic 2018
Belle was great! We appreciated her offer to get us oriented in Albuquerque, and the rental went really well!
Vaughan T. - October 14, 2018
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Honda Accord 2017
Totally recommend renting Josh’s Honda if you are in Albuquerque. He is super helpful and the car is just great!
Kieran A K. - January 10, 2019
Nissan Versa 2017
Car was exactly where it was supposed to be when it was supposed to be there. No mechanical issues with the car. Car condition was exactly as expected for the price range of the rental. Communication was good.
James B. - June 19, 2019
Nissan Versa 2017
Great stick shift car , bigger then I thought. Nice and clean. Great gas mileage!
Michael P. - June 24, 2019
FIAT 124 Spider 2017
Oh my, dan was a WONDERFUL host. I had major challenges with my flights and he worked with me to adjust as necessary and even worked with Turo to make the changes possible. The car is a swift and fun fun ride. Highly recommend this car and Dan's great hosting. Cant wait to try this again!
Ashley C. - June 24, 2019
Ford Focus 2015
Car was nice and we enjoyed our adventure around New Mexico. Tereza was very flexible in working with our schedule. Had no issues with car, pick-up or drop-off. A very nice young lady.
Julian R. - June 26, 2019
Porsche Cayman 2007
We had a fantastic time with Matt's Porche! This was our first true sports car experience and our first Turo rental. Everything went smoothly from booking, to uploading photos, pickup and return. The car drives like a dream and we found great roads and scenic views with suggestions from Matt. If we are ever back in Albequerqe we would rent again in a heartbeat.
Margaret C. - June 17, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
Matt was helpful and made the Turo rental super easy! The Saab was fun to drive, practical and enjoyable for our week long trip in northern New Mexico. Would definitely recommend him and his cool Saab!
RICHARD B. - May 11, 2019
Toyota Prius c 2012
Fujie was wonderful.This was my first time using Turo and I had a hard time doing everything correctly.Withou going into a lot of detail,Fujie was very patient with me.I was also under considerable stress which added to my lack of focus.I enjoyed the car andFujie bent over backwards to assist me.I can't thank Fujie enough.
Adrienne K. - July 1, 2019
Ford Focus 2015
Experience renting with Tereza could not have been better. Highly recommend!
Chris C. - July 2, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
Matt was great and the car worked perfectly.
Laura F. - July 15, 2019
Ford Focus 2017
Great car and great owner! Was super conviennent for us!
Adrian S. - July 29, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
Matt's car was perfect. Lots of fun. He also communicated flawlessly. He made it so easy to get the car, provided me with the address for drop off exactly when needed, etc. This was a great experience. Thanks!
Jesse L. - July 26, 2019
Toyota Camry 2018
Beautiful car. Everything was perfect
Wes G. - July 31, 2019
Ford Focus 2015
Tereza was super flexible and really easy to work with. The car was super fun to drive.
JOSEPH P. - August 4, 2019
Nissan Versa 2017
Worked out great, I’d definitely rent this vehicle again.
Mark C. - July 9, 2019
Ford Fiesta 2015
Alex was very understanding!!! Any request change I needed he allowed it to work with my routine. Easy drop off & clean car, great on miles. Thanks Alex 😅
Mara T. - June 30, 2019
Saab 9-3 2011
Went home to visit family. This was easy, inexpensive and Matt was communicative and helpful. Highly recommend! Fun car too!
Joel M. - June 26, 2019
Audi A6 2007
This was my fist trip with Turo. Matt has been great to work with.
JP S. - July 8, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2019
Everything went smoothly and Tim was great. Car was perfect. I highly recommend!
Elaine D. - July 4, 2019
Lexus IS 350 2014
Kelly’s car was easy to pick up and return. It was in great condition and fun to drive. Zippy!
Rachel P. - August 10, 2019
Audi A4 2008
Went up to santa fe to see friends. Car was perfect for highway and in town. Matt is very quick with communications and the pick up and drop off super easy
Carl D. - July 6, 2019

Best Albuquerque driving roads

Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway

Do you know the way to Sante Fe? Take your Albuquerque car rental alternative along Highway 14 for the curvy, scenic route that sweeps through majestic valleys and sleepy towns.

Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway

For exciting, remote forest driving, turn the wheel on your Albuquerque car rental alternative toward Pinos Altos to slither along Highway 15 into the Gila Forest.

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Trailing through the desert and forest of northern New Mexico, you can let your Albuquerque car rental alternative loose on this 83-mile loop, which takes you by Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch.