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Breaking Bad in Albuquerque

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As most fans know, the AMC hit series Breaking Bad is filmed and set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show has been nominated for a variety of different awards including forty two Primetime Emmy Awards (ten wins for the series), twenty two Saturn Awards (nine wins), fifteen Satellite Awards (five wins), seven Golden Globe Awards (two wins), twenty Writers Guild of America Awards (four wins) and eleven Screen Actors Guild Awards (one win). The show, having just completed its fifth and final season, has attracted interest in Albuquerque from around the world, even in countries where it is not aired on network TV.  

The city of Albuquerque stars as a character in the series with film locations throughout the metro area. We have compiled a snapshot of film locations along with nearby tourist destinations to help visitors discover what Albuquerque is really about – 300+ years of history, diverse arts and culture, delectable New Mexican cuisine, spectacular weather and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Albuquerque itself has become a character in our show. A really important character in our show,” said Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White, in a recent radio interview. “It gave it a justifiable location. A sound, solid place that not many people have related to. They’ve seen Los Angeles, they’ve seen New York, but they haven’t really seen Albuquerque and New Mexico.” 

Ways to explore Breaking Bad locations

Self-guided tour

Use the interactive map below to find your way around the city to public locations that are featured in Breaking Bad. And, while you're at it, check out some of our nearby attractions. 

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What the actors say about Albuquerque

The following excerpts were pulled from several interviews with members of the cast and crew:

Q: Breaking Bad was originally planned to be set in California, but was moved to Albuquerque. What has Albuquerque been for the show?

"Albuquerque has meant the world for Breaking Bad. I can’t imagine Breaking Bad being anywhere else. I can’t imagine the show would be nearly as interesting as it is if it were set anywhere else. Just the cinematography and the look of the show. When I think of Albuquerque, I think of clouds, just those beautiful floating cumulus clouds. The skies. These are skies you just don’t see in Southern California. You really get the depth and the sense of scale in the desert in Albuquerque. On days when I’m out there on the set, the first thing I do is look out the window. If it’s a day with no clouds, I get really upset! I think about the Sandias and about this great city that I’ve grown to love."

                    - Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad in an
                      interview by Local IQ

Read the complete interviews with Breaking Bad cast and crew in the Local IQ from March 2013.

Q: Is there any part of New Mexico that you will miss when filming wraps up?

A: “There are a lot of parts of New Mexico that I'm going to miss. I fell in love with that city during the first season and fell in love with the entire state in the seasons after that. I own a place there and I'm going to keep it, so I'll go back."

                   - Aaron Paul who plays Jesse Pinkman on

Q: Do you plan to maintain a residence in Albuquerque after the show wraps? What's your favorite Albuquerque restaurant?

A: “I do. I own a house there and greatly enjoy my time there. I may be able to come back and visit and also work some more in Albuquerque. I've developed a lot of friendships and places I like to go, so it's been great for me. In terms of restaurant, I think for dinner I enjoy going out to El Pinto because of the food and the guys who own the restaurant and the general manager. I enjoy the atmosphere, the food and the drinks and it's pretty festive. And as a great standby, you can't beat Flying Star.”

                    - Bryan Cranston who plays Walter White

“There’s something very wonderful to be surrounded by the mountains and good air (in Albuquerque),” Esposito says. “It’s a wonderful place to work and it feels like home.”

                    - Giancarlo Esposito who plays Gus Fring in the
                     Albuquerque Journal

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Breaking Bad-Inspired Products

BrBa candy

Breaking Bad Rock Candy

The Candy Lady in Old Town Albuquerque offers blue ice candy for $1 per bag. Find out more.

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Breaking Bad-Inspired Hotel Packages

Breaking Bad-Inspired Hotel Packages
Area hotels have put together creative packages for show enthusiasts to soak up every minute of their time in Breaking Bad's hometown. Breaking Bad-Inspired Hotel Packages

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Filming in Albuquerque

Learn more about Albuquerque's rich film history and connections to film tourism. The Film Office will act as a liaison for filmmakers with city agencies and assist in obtaining permits, locations, equipment, etc.

Film Office Contact Information


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Breaking Bad Locations Map

View Breaking Bad Film Locations in a larger map

Better Call Saul Prequel:

Better Call Saul Filming Blog

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Breaking Bad Tours of Albuquerque:

BaD Tour group photo

ABQ Trolley Co. BaD Tour

ABQ Trolley Co. offers a 3.5-hour Breaking Bad location tour, the BaD Tour, on select Saturdays. The tour covers 38-miles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's Albuquerque. See website for complete tour details.

Biking Bad Tour

Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours offers an intimate and interactive experience that takes you into the streets in search of your next “fix,” of key scenes and locations from Breaking Bad. Get tour dates and details.

NM Film Tours

NM Film Tours

Visit your favorite film location here in NM like Breaking Bad, Transformers, Avengers and more. Get tour details.

Breaking Bad RV Tours

Breaking Bad RV Tours

Breaking Bad RV Tours travels to 17 of the show's most popular locations including Jesse's house, Los Pollos Hermanos, Crossroads Motel, Walt's Car Wash, Walt's House and more in a replica of the RV used by Walt and Jesse. Get tour dates and details.

The Candy Lady's "The Experience" Tour

In addition to The Candy Lady's popular Blue Ice Candy, the shop is also offering a daily Breaking Bad Tour called "The Experience." The tours take passengers around to many of the show's locations in a professionally chauffeured Luxury Limousine. See their website for more details.