See also USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS PDF.
Flights – We recommend that our visitors make their own flight arrangements. Please choose the most economical fare available. You should arrange to fly into the Albuquerque airport being the major air terminal, airport code ABQ. The Albuquerque airport is 75 miles away from Los Alamos. (See Map 1) Santa Fe, the airport code is SAF, is about 30 miles away and has one commercial airline servicing the area. SAF flights tend to be slightly more expensive.
Ground Transportation – A rental car and or shuttle service is required to reach Los Alamos from Albuquerque.
CAR RENTALS: Los Alamos may be reached from Albuquerque International Airport by a scenic two-hour drive. Rental cars are available at the Albuquerque airport through all major companies.
When reserving a rental car you have a choice between Hertz and National Car Rental.
- Hertz has a location at the ABQ Sunport. The discount Hertz ID# is 72120.
- National Car Rental has a location at ABQ and locally in Los Alamos. The discount National ID# is XZ34001.
Please use discount codes at the time of the reservation. This ensures that your rental is covered by LANL’s insurance agreement with the rental company. Any optional insurance coverage will NOT be reimbursed by LANL, you must decline additional insurance coverage at the time of the rental. You may choose another car rental company if you prefer, however LANL will not reimburse any optional insurance coverage offered by the rental company.
SHUTTLE SERVICES: Sandia Shuttle Express offers service from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. For a schedule or to make a reservation go to: http://www.sandiashuttle.com/ or call 1-888-775-5696
Road Runner shuttle offers service from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. Call (505) 424-3367 to schedule a pick-up. Approximately $85 each way/cash
RAIL SERVICE: You can take the train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and then connect to Park and Ride bus service to Los Alamos. Approximately $8 each way/cash
At Los Alamos all Hotels have $93.00 rate/per night (prior taxes) compliant with governmental per-diem requirements. Request the government rate when making reservations.
North Road Inn B&B (recommended, family run)
2127 North Road, Corner of Urban & North Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Holiday Inn Express (recommended, standard hotel)
60 Entrada Dr., Los Alamos, NM 87544
Comfort Inn (recommended, standard hotel, closest to the Lab)
2455 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Canyon Inn B&B
80 Canyon Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Hampton Inn and Suits (10 mi from Los Alamos)
124 State Road 4, Los Alamos/White Rock, NM 87544
Tel: 1-888-813-0912 or 505-672-3838
Santa Fe Option:
4320 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Ask for the LANL rate
***If the Hyatt rate is higher than the Los Alamos per diem rate, you will pay the price difference between the two rates***
***Do not book your hotel with hotels.com, expedia, Travelocity or any other website that prepays the hotel rate. LANL requires an itemized receipt, from the hotel, for reimbursement purposes.***
All LANL visitors must wear a badge at all times while on Laboratory property. Upon arrival at the Lab please stop at the badge office to be assigned a badge. The badge office is located at TA-3, Bldg-261 (Otowi Building).
Badge Office Hours: 7:30 – 3:30 Mon – Fri and CLOSED Wed 11-12:30.
US Visitors must provide a US Passport or birth certificate and valid driver’s license or government issued photo ID.
Foreign Visitors must provide a photo ID, valid passport, and visa documentation
The forms required for reimbursement will be provided before you depart LANL or emailed to you. Additional instructions for completing the forms: The current mileage reimbursement rate for private vehicles is $.50 per mile. The Federal Travel Regulations maximum per diem rate in Los Alamos is $93 for Lodging and $51 for Meals and Incidentals. The forms along with copies of relevant receipts must be returned to the T1 group office either in person or by email to: T1email@example.com
Personal Laptops are only allowed on the visitor network. Please note: all anti-virus software must be current.
Cell phones are allowed some places but not others. Please ask your host.
Photography on LANL property is prohibited.
Tag your bag. All unidentified backpacks, purses, luggage, lunch pails, or bags, will be confiscated and destroyed.
MAPS & DIRECTIONS
Los Alamos National Laboratory provides a collection of useful maps of the local area and the laboratory area. Specific directions that may be useful:
From Albuquerque International Airport: From the airport terminal, take the exit to I-25 North to Santa Fe. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit 282 off I-25 North. You will remain on St. Francis Drive through Santa Fe. As you exit Santa Fe, you will be on US 84/285 north to Pojoaque. At Pojoaque, turn onto NM 502 (follow signs for Los Alamos); remain on NM 502 for approximately 5 miles, and take the exit to Los Alamos for approximately 5 miles into the Los Alamos townsite. This route takes approximately 1.5-2 hours of driving time.
Scenic Route from Albuquerque International Airport: Take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Turn northwest on NM 44 and follow until San Ysidro. At San Ysidro, take NM 4 and follow it until Los Alamos. There are many places to stop along the scenic route 4.. This route takes approximately 2-2.5 hours of driving time. There are many places to stop along the scenic route 4, as indicated in this map:
From Santa Fe: Take US 84/285 north to Pojoaque. At Pojoaque, turn west on NM 502; follow NM 502 into Los Alamos. Travel time from Santa Fe to Los Alamos is approximately 45 minutes.
For information about Santa Fe, visit http://santafe.org
For information about New Mexico, visit http://newmexico.org/
A few of the numerous historic, natural, and scientific destinations available for exploring are: