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2017 Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass Now Available

balloonfiesta 2017 web imageThis year, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express would like to help you “Inflate Your Imagination” at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Take the train and avoid the traffic and parking issues and purchase the special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, available for both weekends of the Fiesta.






About the Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass

Included in the Pass

  • All-Zone, All Day Pass on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express
  • Shuttle to and from the Los Ranchos/ Journal Center Rail Runner Station and the Balloon Fiesta Park
  • Admission to a morning or afternoon Balloon Fiesta session on the day you choose

Dates Available

The Rail Runner Balloon Fiesta Package is being offered for the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ticket Sales

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, and cannot be be purchased on the train or at the Balloon Fiesta office. All riders must have a ticket to board the shuttle.

Age Breakdown & Pricing
  • Adults (13-61): $25
  • Seniors (62 & older): $20
  • Children (6-12): $12
  • Children (5 & Under): Free

No Refunds: If a Balloon Fiesta event/session is cancelled, you will not receive a refund. However, your pass is still valid for travel on the Rail Runner to any station and back on that date only.

Seating: There is no reserved seating on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Passengers are welcome to stand in the aisle if the seating is at capacity.

Purchase Your Pass

bf tickets buttonView the special Balloon Fiesta Rail Runner Schedule for your station departure time (determine if you will be traveling northbound or southbound) to coordinate with your desired arrival time at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center Station.

pdfClick Here to View the Schedule

Purchase your Pass online by following 3 easy steps:

    1. Select the date and time (AM or PM session) you would like to attend
    2. The arrival time at the Los Ranchos/JC Station (coming from the North or South)
    3. Age Group (Adult/Child/Senior)

Click Here to purchase your pass!

Train Departure & Return Information

  • Departure: It is recommended to be at the station at least 10 minutes prior to the train departure time.
  • Return Trip: Be prepared to catch the shuttle at Balloon Fiesta Park at least 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled train departure time from the Los Ranchos/JC Rail Runner Station. View the Schedule >>


  • Shuttle Service: For questions regarding the shuttle service, visit the Rail Runner Tent at Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Train Schedule: For questions regarding the train schedule, please contact Rail Runner Customer Service at 866-795-7245 or 505-245-RAIL (7245).


About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 7-15, 2017

balloon fiesta 2017Each October, pilots, crews and spectators from all over the world attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot air ballooning event. The small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 has grown into a kaleidoscope of almost 600 balloons 45 years later. The spectacular Mass Ascensions, when hundreds of balloons lift off into the morning sky, are held on all four weekend mornings and one day mid-week.

Over the years, a number of unique events have been added during the nine-day event, such as the Balloon Glow, the Laser Light Show and the Special Shape Rodeo™. These additions have become guest favorites. Kids of all ages are excited as they watch the various balloon shapes floating in the air with the beautiful blue Albuquerque sky in the background. Tagged as “the world’s most photographed event”, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

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