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Exploring Santa Fe by Car: Your Comprehensive Guide To Car Hire

Opting for Rhino Car Hire in Santa Fe provides the ultimate freedom to explore the diverse landscapes, rich history, and cultural richness of this unique region. Rhino Car Hire offers a wide selection of vehicles to cater to every traveler’s needs, whether you are seeking to navigate the historic city streets or embark on scenic drives through the New Mexico countryside.

With Rhino Car Hire, travelers can enjoy competitive rates and transparent pricing, ensuring that exploring Santa Fe and its surroundings remains within budget without any hidden surprises. The booking process is streamlined and user-friendly, allowing you to easily reserve your vehicle online and conveniently pick it up upon arriving in Santa Fe.

Having your own rental car allows you to tailor your trip to your personal interests and pace. From the artistic alleys of Santa Fe to the majestic vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and beyond, a rental car offers the flexibility to explore at your leisure and discover the unique attractions New Mexico has to offer.

Furthermore, with Rhino Car Hire's commitment to customer satisfaction, you are supported throughout your journey with 24/7 customer service, providing peace of mind as you explore. Discover the enchanting city of Santa Fe and the breathtaking landscapes of New Mexico with ease and confidence, knowing that Rhino Car Hire is your trusted partner on the road.

Known as "The City Different," Santa Fe, New Mexico is a captivating blend of rich history, unique architecture, and artistic flair. To truly immerse yourself in its diverse culture and explore the scenic beauty, hiring a car is highly recommended.

Nearest Airport:
The Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) serves the city. However, for more flight options, many travelers opt for the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), which is approximately 60 miles south of Santa Fe.


  • Santa Fe Regional Airport to Downtown Santa Fe: Approx. 10 miles . Duration: 15-20 minutes.
  • Santa Fe to Albuquerque: About 60 miles . Duration: 1 hour.

Recommended Attractions & Routes:

  1. Santa Fe Plaza: At the heart of the city, this historic square is surrounded by landmarks, museums, galleries, and restaurants. A must-visit.
  2. Canyon Road: This half-mile stretch is a paradise for art enthusiasts, lined with over a hundred art galleries and studios.
  3. Museum Hill: Just a short drive from downtown, it offers four world-class museums focusing on Native American art and international folk art.
  4. Santa Fe Opera: Drive to this internationally renowned venue for an unforgettable opera experience with a backdrop of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
  5. Turquoise Trail: This scenic byway (NM-14) runs between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It's a beautiful route dotted with historic towns, art studios, and lovely views.

Tips for Hiring a Car in Santa Fe:

  • Weather: Santa Fe has a high-desert climate with chilly nights, even in the summer. If you're visiting in winter, consider renting a car with all-wheel drive due to potential snow.
  • Size: Compact cars are ideal for the city's narrow streets, especially if you're parking downtown. However, for family trips or if you're planning to buy larger items (like art pieces), a more spacious vehicle would be suitable.
  • Fuel: Gas stations are plentiful, but it's always a good idea to fill up before heading out on longer trips, especially if exploring more remote areas.

Santa Fe offers a treasure trove of experiences, from its Pueblo-style architecture to its vibrant arts scene. Hiring a car ensures you can navigate the city and its surrounding areas at your own pace, unlocking all the wonders Santa Fe has to offer. 

Current Rental Rates in Santa Fe

Chrysler Pacifica

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 145.03 EUR/day
Chrysler Pacifica

7 Days rental at 1015.22 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.12 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 364.84 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.78 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 383.47 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Santa Fe: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Cultural and Artistic Exploration: Utilize your rental car to delve into Santa Fe's rich arts scene. Visit renowned galleries on Canyon Road, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and unique art installations like Meow Wolf. Explore the diverse cultural heritage in museums like the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.
  • Historic Sites and Architecture: Drive to historical landmarks such as the San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the U.S., and the Loretto Chapel with its miraculous staircase. Wander around the Plaza, the heart of downtown Santa Fe, which is surrounded by historic adobe buildings.
  • Scenic Drives and Natural Beauty: Take advantage of the scenic landscapes surrounding Santa Fe by driving to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the scenic High Road to Taos, or nearby state parks like Hyde Memorial State Park for hiking and picnicking amidst beautiful natural settings.
  • Culinary Journey: Embark on a culinary tour to sample New Mexican cuisine, known for its use of red and green chile. Drive to local eateries, food markets, and annual food festivals in and around Santa Fe to experience the city’s unique flavors.
  • Outdoor Activities: Use your rental car to access outdoor activities year-round, from skiing and snowboarding at Ski Santa Fe in the winter to white-water rafting on the Rio Grande during the summer months.


Santa Fe - Popular Destinations

  • Albuquerque Airport
  • T​aos: Approximately 70 miles north of Santa Fe - Known for its historic adobe buildings.
  • Bandelier National Monument: Roughly 50 miles west of Santa Fe - Offers the opportunity to explore ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and beautiful canyon and mesa country.
  • Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch: About 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe - Famous for its striking desert landscapes.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Santa Fe

No.1: AVIS,
based on 2648 reviews
18 min (average wait time)
No.2: HERTZ,
based on 2787 reviews
19 min (average wait time)

Santa Fe car hire information

  • 8.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Hertz US Corporate
  • € 364.84
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 52.12
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 2
    Most Popular Type:
  • 1
    Most popular model:
    Ford Edge
  • 9
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Santa Fe

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