Austin: Getting To & Around

Vegan Road Trip Calling? Setting up your Airfare Alerts?

Here are some suggestions from VVHQ for getting to Austin, TX:

FLY:

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Austin’s airport is serviced by 11 major, commercial airlines and their regional partners, and it’s a huge hub, in particular, for Southwest Airlines.

Some tips: It’s typically cheaper to fly midweek, so consider being flexible with your dates and making a proper vegan vacation out of your visit!

We’d recommend comparing prices on individual airlines’ websites and travel sites such as Skyscanner, Hipmunk, CheapAir, Expedia, Kayak, Priceline, and Hotwire, being flexible with your dates (if you can), setting up price alerts and subscribing to TravelZoo and Airfarewatchdog if you’re seeking a bargain.

Leaving the Airport:

According to Wikitravel (which is a stellar, constantly updated resource for traveling!), taxi fare into town is approximately $30.

Austin’s MetroAirport Bus runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour and offers a $1.50 direct ride directly into the city center. It picks up on the lower level of the airport, right outside the baggage claim entrance, at the far right end of of the passenger pick-up terminal. There is signage for “Capital Metro.”

  • Rides are $1.50 each, to be paid in exact amount upon boarding.
  • These is plenty of room for luggage, including bikes.
  • You can scan the QR codes at all Austin Metro stops for more information.
  • The ride is approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on where you board.

 

TRAIN & BUS:

  • Amtrak: The Austin Amtrak Station is located at 250 North Lamar Blvd and services the Texas Eagle Line.
  • Greyhound: The Austin Greyhound Station is located on IH-35 near the Highland Mall, nearby the Highland MetroRail station
  • Megabus: has service from Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, TX. The bus stop is on the west side of Whitis Ave between W 20th and 21st Sts on the UT campus.
  • If you’re coming from Mexico: Autobus Americanos, Turimex Internacional and Omnibus Mexicanos all offer bus routes from various Mexican cities.

More on getting in…

SHUTTLES & RIDES:

If you’re looking for a carpool from any area, try asking in the Vida Vegan Facebook group (Note: this group is exclusive for registered attendees).

 

Ideas for getting around Austin:

PUBLIC TRANSIT IS YOUR FRIEND!

Capital Metro is Austin’s Public Transit System, which we’ll break down by:

  • MetroBus We’ll have route information for all official VVCIII happenings further down the line—stay tuned!
  • MetroRapidWith 43 stations located along Route 801, MetroRapid can take you to a number of popular destinations along North Lamar and South Congress.
  • MetroRailMetroRail offers comfortable and reliable passenger service Monday through Friday between the City of Leander and downtown Austin, and from Lakeline to downtown on Saturday.
  • MetroAccess: demand-response, shared-ride service for people whose disabilities prevent them from riding regular bus and rail service. MetroAccess service complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
  • Metro TripPlannerGet step by step travel directions for using Capital Metro routes
  • Schedules & Maps
  • Fares & Passes
  • Bicycle-Friendly Transit

Image source: Umetimecorp.com

BIKE RENTALS:

 

CAR RENTALS:

 

 

As always, there’s more to come! Let us know if you have any suggestions (or happen to be arriving in a mini van).