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Luminaria Tour-Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently-asked-questions about the ABQ RIDE's Luminaria Tour.

When is the Luminaria Tour?

This year, the Luminaria Tour is on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

What time should I arrive and where can I park?

Tour goers are encouraged to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.  Best place to park for free is at the Convention Center’s eastside parking structure at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Broadway.

Free parking will also be available for disabled and special needs individuals at the parking lot located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Marquette (just north of Civic Plaza).  For your safety, please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Parking underneath Civic Plaza is also free.  Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Where exactly at the Convention Center does the bus pick people up?

Buses pickup passengers on 2nd Street, on the east side of the Convention Center.

Where exactly at the Convention Center will the bus drop people off?

Buses will drop people off on 3rd Street, between Tijeras and Marquette.

How long is the tour?

Tour is approximately 45 minutes long.

If children are free and I have no ticket, how do I get them on the bus with no ticket?

Supervisors will let accompanied children onto the bus.

How can I be vendor during the tour?

Passengers will be on the bus during the tour with no access to any vendors. ABQ RIDE is not working with any vendors. ABQ RIDE does not handle any planned walking tours.

Are tickets sold out?

Tickets sold out the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24). This year, they sold out in about an hour.That beats 2016's previous record by two hours and 45 minutes.

Can I print tickets bought on the website?

Yes. They can be printed out if bought on the website. There is an option on the website for emailed tickets where purchasers can put in the name of another person who will be using them. Tickets are transferable.

Is the tour accessible to individuals in wheel chairs?

Yes. All the buses are ADA compliant and available for persons with disabilities. Convention Center also has wheelchair access.

Are tickets refundable?


Are there bathrooms on the buses or vans?

No. Bathrooms will be available at the Convention Center departure point.

Can I take pictures?

Take as many pictures as you like!

Can I get off the bus to walk around during the tour?

No. The buses do not stop during the tour to let people off to walk around.

Can I bring food and drinks on the bus?

Drinks with a container and lid such as coffee or hot chocolate will be allowed on the bus. You can bring small bottles of water. You cannot bring food or open liquid containers on the buses. No alcohol is allowed on the buses at anytime.

What if it rains or snows, will the tour be canceled?

No. Event is rain or shine.

What streets will be closed or affected by the tour?

Streets may be closed only along the tour route where buses won't be interfered with by vehicle traffic. Google map of the tour route on its Luminaria Tour information page.

What time will regular ABQ RIDE buses stop on Dec. 24 to accommodate the tour?

The routes that are running on Dec. 24, 2017 will run their regular Sunday schedules. A detailed list of which routes will be running and which routes don't run on Sundays will be posted on the front page of titled "Complete Schedule for ABQ RIDE & Sun Van for Christmas & New Year's Holidays "