As of 2015, the Monday through Friday northbound schedule for the New Mexico Rail Runner begins at the downtown Albuquerque station at 4:32 a.m. and ends at the same station at 8:38 p.m. The southbound schedule begins at 4:45 a.m. and ends at 10:32 p.m. On Saturdays, the first northbound train leaves Albuquerque at 8:58 a.m., and the last train returns at 11:20 p.m. Southbound, the first train leaves at 7:28 a.m., with the last train returning at 11:43 p.m.
On Sunday, the northbound schedule from Albuquerque begins at 9:26 a.m., with the last train returning at 6:27 p.m. Southbound, the first train out is at 7:28 a.m., and the last train back arrives at 9:40 p.m. Special schedules are available on holidays and for certain events such as the Bugg Lights Holiday Display and the Santa's Village Train Ride.
The train's route is 100 miles long, has 14 stations and crosses the Rio Grande Valley as it travels from Santa Fe to Belen. Depending on the day of the week and the number of stops, riding the entire route one way may take slightly over 2.5 hours. Designated quiet cars are closest to the locomotive. Tickets may be purchased at the stations, from a ticket agent after boarding the train or online.