How to Reach Austin
- By Air: The Austin Bergstrom International Airport is 10 kilometers southeast of the city center and is served by most major carriers. From the Austin Texas airport, there are numerous modes of transport including taxis, shuttles and car rentals that will take you to your hotel. Some of the planes that travel to Austin are Aeromar, Alaska Airlines, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America. Most flights to Austin from outside USA will fly via the UK and the Middle East so book your tickets according to what is most convenient.
- By Rail: Austin Amtrak station, 250 North Lamar Blvd. This railway line is served by the Texas Eagle Line with service from Chicago to San Antonio.
- By Bus: There are numerous buses to Austin from San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Mexico. Some notable bus services are Megabus, Autobus Americanos and Greyhound Bus Line.
- On Foot: If you aren’t fit, this isn’t advisable. Austin is a huge city, though you could explore much of downtown Austin by walking around. If you’re visiting the University of Texas campus, it’s better to go walking because it’s almost impossible to find a place to park.
- By Bike: Austin transportation is facilitated by a cool ride! Biking is a great way to get around Austin. The city is hilly towards the west and mildly sloping towards the river towards the center of the town. Most roads have an adjoining bike path. May to mid October is very warm and humid and you might prefer a shaded means of getting around but during the rest of the year, you’ll find the weather biker-friendly. You can contact Yellow Bike Project (512-457-9880), Austin B-Cycle, and Bicycle Sports Shop – Bike Rentals (512-477-3472) to rent a bike.
- By Bus: The city runs on a system of inexpensive public buses and travel Austin via bus for a cheap option. Visitors can get around on the Captail Metro buses, as well as the Capital Metro Rail commuter train. ‘E-Bus’ and ‘Night Owl’ are at your services if you want to go clubbing and need a ride home in the wee hours of the night.
- By Car: If you’re used to driving around a big city, then you’ll find driving in Austin pretty easy. Traffic is heavy during 0700-0900am and 1530 to 1900pm. car2go and Zip Car arecar shares active in Austin and are both great for quick trips around town. NEVER drive through flooded low water crossings.
- By Taxi: The Austin travel guide suggests several taxi companies you can call and this is probably the most hassle free way to travel around the city, other than the bus. Call the Yellow Cab (512-452-9999) or the Austin Cab Company (512-478-2222) to hire a cab.
- Square Patrol: The Square Patrol offers a free designated driver service between 2200pm and 3am seven days a week. Call or text 512-R-U-DRUNK (512-783-7865) and leave your phone number, they will call you back immediately and ask for your location. This service requires you to have your own car, they only provide driver.