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Getting In and Around Austin City

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Austin, situated in the heart of Texas is easily accessible by highways, freeways and airways. Getting in and around Austin is easy. Austin has a Capital Metro system which is a regional public transportation provider. The main airport in Austin is the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Getting to Austin By Plane

ABIA
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Austin Bergstrom International Airport (IATA: AUS), is loacted 10 miles southeast of downtown. The ABIA is regarded as the “Best Domestic Airport” in the United States. This airport offers non-stop service to 49 destinations. In order to get to and from town, there are buses, car rentals and taxi shuttles available. To go to downtown Austin, taxi charges around $30.

Airlines that serve Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are as follows:
Air Canada, American, Allegiant Air, Continental, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Frontier, Southwest, Virgin America, JetBlue, and United

Website: www.austintexas.gov/airport

To and from Airport

To and fro transport options from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are available at the lower level near baggage claim. You can travel by taxi from the airport to downtown. The fare ranges between $25 and $30.
An Airport Fyler (bus 100) also runs to and from Airport and downtown and the University of Texas. Capital Metro runs this bus 100 service. Shared van services are also available from airport to downtown. This service is offered by SuperShuttle and it costs around $14 one way. Chauffeured sedan, minibus or limousine is also available for airport transfers.

Travel to Austin by Train

Austin Amtrak station is served by the Texas Eagle line with services from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Address: 250 North Lamar Blvd.
Phone: 1 512 476 5684
Website: http://www.amtrak.com/home

Travel to Austin by Road

Austin, Texas is on one main freeway and many regional highways, with several tollways on its periphery. Head north on IH-10 from San Antonio, travel south on IH-35 from Dallas. Head west on US-290 from Houston to reach Austin.

Bus Services

In Austin, the major bus station is served by Kerrville Bus Co and Greyhound. Buses leave from here for other cities of Texas.

Some of the bus lines serving Austin, Texas are as follows:

Greyhound Bus Line: It is situated on the north side of town and serves Austin everyday. The station is on IH-35 near Highland Mall. You can catch bus 7 (Duval) to downtown.

Address: 916 E Koenig Lane

Autobus Americanos: It is Mexican trans-border bus line that extends to several points in Mexico. The bus stop in Austin is situated at 1140 Airport Blvd.

Turimex Internacional: It is Mexican trans-border bus line that extends to several destinations in Mexico. The bus station in Austin is situated at 5012 E. 7th Street.

Omnibus Mexicanos: It is Mexican trans-border bus line that extends to several points in Mexico. The bus station in Austin is situated at 3301 N Interstate 35.

Local Transportation in Austin

The public transportation system in Austin is well-developed and it makes traveling around the city easy and comfortable. Austin, Texas has a hilly, wavy terrain. Locals generally use bike to get around the city. Public buses are also available. If you want to travel to downtown, the best travel mode is a yellow cab. These cabs are not too heavy on the wallet and easily available.

Public Transit

Austin’s public transit system is run and managed by Capital Metro Transit that provides bus routes that traverse throughout Austin. Capital Metro also offers tourist-oriented Dillo trolleybuses. The best way to travel around Austin is by light rail and bus which are powered by Capital Metro. The light-rail system extends to popular locations of downtown.

If you’re traveling around the city, buy a MetroPlus Day Pass online for $6.00. The pass value varies depending on your destination. Visit the website to know the ticket value. You can use your smartphone as a ticket or pass, by downloading the CapMetro app and recharging it with pass or single ride.

Getting Around Austin By Taxis

Taxis in Austin are easily available. You can hail a taxi on street or make advance booking. Some of the popular taxi firms operating in Austin are: Lone Star Cab (Tel: 1 512 836 4900), Yellow Cab Austin (Tel: 1 512 452 9999), and Austin Cab (Tel: 1 512 478 2222).

Getting Around Austin by Hiring a Bike

Bike Hires- Austin's bike sharing scheme is known as Austin B-Cycle. Some of the bike hire agencies in Austin are:

Barton Springs Bike Rental

www.bartonspringsbikerental.com
Address: 1707 Barton Springs Road; Tel: 1 512 480 0200

Austin Bike Tours & Rentals
www.austinbiketoursandrentals.com
Address: 102 1/2 West Third Street; Tel: 1 512 277 0609

Getting Around Austin By Car

You can get around Austin by Car. Highways have signs that indicate where to turn. Many downtown streets are one-way. To know about the highway diversions, and the road conditions, visit the website of the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT)

Car Rentals
You can hire a car in order to get around the city. The minimum age for renting a car is 25 years. Some of the car hire agencies in Austin are:

Enterprise

www.enterprise.com
Tel: 1 512 476 2300

Budget

www.budget.com
Tel: 1 512 322 9377

Hertz
www.hertz.com
Tel: 1 512 530 3615

Alamo
www.alamo.com
Tel: 1 888 826 6893

Avi
www.avis.com
Tel: 1 512 480 8333

Dollar
www.dollarcar.com
Tel: 800/800-4000

National
www.nationalcar.com
Tel: 800/227-7368

Advantage
www.arac.com
Tel: 800/777-5500

Thrifty
www.thrifty.com
Tel: 800/367-2277

**All of these car rental agencies have representatives at the Austin airport.

Getting Around Austin By Bus

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs over 50 bus lines with low fares.

The Cap Metro fares are:
Single fare: $1
Day Pass: $2
Express day pass to and from several Park & Rides: $4

Double-decker buses also run in Austin (Address: 02 E 4th St, Tel: 1 512 478-0098).

Square Patrol

The Square Patrol provides a free driver service from 10:00om to 3:00am 7 days a week. To avail the service, call at 1 512 783-7865 & leave your phone number, or text 512-R-U-DRUNK, the Square Patrol will call you back immediately and ask for your location. You must have your own car in order to avail this service. Only the driver is provided.



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Austin Taxi/Cab Services

Yellow Cab
www.yellowcabaustin.com
10630 Joseph Clayton Dr
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-452-9999

Lone Star Cab
www.lonestarcabaustin.com
Austin, TX
United States
1 512-836-4900

Austin Express Cab
www.austinexpresscab.com
13359 US-183 #406
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-666-4141

Austin Cab Company
www.austincab.com
1135 Gunter St #101
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-478-2222

Arbor taxi service

www.northcapitaltaxi.com
9997 Research Blvd #100
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-318-2744

Van's Cab
www.vancab.webs.com
12501 Tech Ridge Blvd #1016
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-774-5050

Austin Roundrock Taxicab Service
www.plus.google.com
10616 Mellow Meadow Dr #39c
Austin, TX, United States
1 512-740-9702

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