Austin Insider Guide - 2016/2017
Whether it’s experiencing the independent spirit of the businesses on South Congress, watching the bustle of Sixth Street or taking in the galleries and cafes of East Austin, before you know it, you may find yourself dreaming of having a 787 zip code. Find an additional map between pages 48 & 49 or visit us online to view and download free maps: austintexas.org/visit/plan-your-trip/maps GETTING TO AUSTIN Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Named the “Best Domestic Airport” in the U.S. by the Airports Council International, ABIA offers nonstop service from 50+ destinations domestically and in Mexico, along with nonstop service from London, Toronto and Frankfurt. Live music greets travelers upon arrival and is a constant companion as they continue into the city. Downtown Austin is 7.5 miles from the airport via SuperShuttle van service for about $16, Capital Metro Airport Flyer for $1.75 and taxi for about $30, as well as various rideshare options (prices vary). Amtrak The Texas Eagle Line offers service from Chicago and other locations along the route and arrives at the Austin Amtrak station on Lamar Boulevard. Greyhound Bus Daily routes drop passengers off at the Greyhound station on IH-35 near Highland Mall. By Car Austin is about 1.5 hours from San Antonio and 3 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. GETTING AROUND Austin has a walkable downtown core, with some 8,300 downtown hotel rooms within a short stroll of entertainment districts. A pedicab ride is a popular alternative, and taxis, charters and minibus rentals are also available. MetroRail MetroRail connects the city of Leander to downtown Austin, with service six days a week, including service until midnight on Friday and Saturday. There are nine stations on the 32-mile line. Fares cost between $1.75 and $3.50 per trip. The Downtown station sits on the north end of the Convention Center at Fourth Street between Neches and Trinity. Capmetro.org Rent a Bike Bike lanes and paths lace the city. Austin has a number of bike shops offering hourly and daily rentals. Download maps and routes from bicycleaustininfo.com. Austin B-cycle provides more than 40 bike-share stations throughout downtown 24 hours a day. Pedicab There are a few different Austin companies that operate pedicabs. All drivers are licensed by the City of Austin Ground Transportation Department. Rates vary – be sure to ask your driver about the price per rider or per trip before hopping in. Taxi/Rideshare Austin is tapped into the latest tech-based transit. Visit austintexas.org/visit/ plan-your-trip/transportation for a list of taxis and rideshare options. GET YOUR BEARINGS See more of Austin on a downtown guided walking tour. Local experts will show you around the capitol area, downtown, the west side and more. Custom-designed tours are also available. Call 866-GO-AUSTIN or stop into the Austin Visitor Center for details.
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