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Distance between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque

Driving non-stop from Rio Rancho to Albuquerque

How far is Albuquerque from Rio Rancho? Here's the quick answer if you make this quick drive without any stops. Of course, traffic is going to make a big difference so make sure you check that before leaving.

Nonstop drive: 17 miles or 27 km

Driving time: 24 minutes

Even on a short drive, it might be more interesting to stop along the way and explore the local area. You can scroll down to see the calculation if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Rio Rancho to Albuquerque

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 10 miles or 17 km

Flight time: 31 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 7 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.7x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/1th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination.

Rio Rancho to Albuquerque road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Albuquerque, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 28 minutes on the road


Start in Rio Rancho.

Drive for about 10 minutes, then stop at Casa de Benavidez Restaurant and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 10 minutes then stop at Mary & Tito's Cafe and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 6 minutes then stop at Frontier Restaurant and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 5 minutes and arrive in Albuquerque.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Plan a trip to Albuquerque

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Albuquerque. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center. A great place to eat might be Frontier Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Albuquerque like Old Town Albuquerque. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Albuquerque like What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?. Click the button below to explore Albuquerque in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Albuquerque to Rio Rancho, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Rio Rancho, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Rio Rancho!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 17 miles
driving time of 24 minutes
flight distance is 10 miles
flight time of 31 minutes
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