Austin Transportation

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    NEAR THE ENTRANCE
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    AT THE AIRPORT
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  • Traffic....unending......help!!
    Traffic....unending......help!!
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    Downtown Austin Traffic

    by msbrandysue Written May 21, 2009

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    Traffic....unending......help!!

    Austin traffic is the WORST! And I've lived my whole life in Dallas and Houston which has horrible traffic. Austin's worst traffic is on I-35 and 183. I-35 is the worst where 290 meets it and near downtown. Plan to be in slow traffic at ANY TIME...ANY DAY!

    So if you're staying downtown, going to see the bats on Congress Ave, or going to 6th street plan some extra time so you don't miss a thing.

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    AVOID I-35 IN AUSTIN!

    by Rich62 Written May 9, 2009

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    AUTOMATIC TOLL BOOTH
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    THERE IS A NIFTY NEW TOLL ROAD that can make your north-south trip in Austin much safer and less stressful. Also its not too expensive. Its called 130. It runs north-south, just a couple of miles east of I-35. You can get on up in Georgetown or Round Rock too. For us, it made a great way to get from Georgetown to the Austin Bergstrom Airport and back. It won't appear on old maps so be sure to get a new one.

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    Borrow a relatives's car

    by bpwarne Updated Feb 13, 2009
    WOW!!
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    Borrow your niece & nephew's spare car for a few days, head south to San Antonio. If you are really lucky, they'll have one like this! I had a hard time handing the keys back over to them . I think I could be quite happy just living in their garage and looking after it for them....

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    Your own two feet

    by hope6481 Written Mar 22, 2008

    We walk almost everywhere when visiting Austin. Downtown that is. We only get our vehicle to go explore the Mountain. But you truely can just walk to all your downtown destinations. It gives you a chance to take it all in.

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    The Airport Flyer

    by bocmaxima Written Nov 6, 2007

    This concerns Route 100, the "Airport Flyer" express bus from Downtown to Austin's Bergstrom Airport.
    The fare is $1 one-way or the Capital Metro day pass or transfer can be used. The bus runs about every 40 minutes on the weekdays, and is easiest to catch in the Downtown area. The buses are specially equipped with a luggage storage rack near the rear door. There are several points on its route where it connects with one of the free 'Dillo routes. The Capital Metro system map (the printed version, at least), which can be obtained on any 'Dillo and most regular buses, has an excellent outline of the route and its stops.
    You'll see these stops around Downtown as a grey sign topped with blue stating "Airport Flyer" and are actually separate from the other Capital Metro bus stop signs. There is additionally a stop at East 7th and Pleasant Valley Road which can be used as a transfer point, but all other stops are Downtown.
    Just a note that surprised me: the map states there is a stop on Red River at 6th but this apparently does not exist anymore as there is no sign and the trip planner will tell you to walk to the nearby stop on 5th west of Neches, which is only about 1.5 blocks away.
    Otherwise, it's a cheap and very convenient way to get to the airport in Austin.

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    Bring your own car.

    by mrotsmit Written May 8, 2007

    Austin has no subway.
    They're building a "light-rail" but it won't go very many places, probably cost too much and I doubt they'll run it after midnight.
    Yeah, there's the bus... but, eeeh... let's put it this way; Austin's not San Francisco.
    You're just gonna need a car, that's all there is to it. If you really wanna get into the local spirit; rent a big pick-up truck and practice lookin' dumb while you drive around town.

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    Transportation

    by tee0206 Written Nov 22, 2006

    If you're going to stay around the downtown area, a bicycle is great. Lots of people ride bicycles around.

    Having a car is convenient, but it helps to know where cheap/free parking is available. Government lots/garages are free on weekends and evenings. One of my secret (well, not secret anymore) favorite places is the City Hall parking garage on 2nd between Lavaca and Guadalupe. It's very close to downtown nightlife. It's also close to the farmer's market. Metered spots are often free on weekends as well. However, traffic in Austin can be horrendous. Avoid I-35 during rush hour as often as possible. Also, there are lots of one-way streets, so watch out and plan for those.

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    Hop on board the Dillo trolleys

    by Jefie Written May 4, 2006

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    The Dillos run through downtown Austin and they're free so it's a great way to easily get from one attraction to another. The different routes are color-coded so all you need to do is look for a colored armadillo on the bus stops! You can also check out the Web site for more information on the different routes and schedules.

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    Parking uneasy in Downtown

    by GUYON Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Street parking

    Very difficult to park in Downtown, except in the parking lots or if you are lucky and you find a street parking with a meter.

    A tip : go to Lamar/6th Street on the parking of Whole Food Market, the parking is free but Congress Avenue is 15 min walking distant and the interesting part of 6th Street is far away.

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    Austin – Bergstrom International Airport

    by SmileyLeSa Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Barbara Jprdan

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a great little airport to fly into. I noticed references to a woman named Barbara Jordan found throughout the airport. Barbara Jordan was the 1st black woman elected to the Texas senate and a three-time congresswoman.The airport terminal is named after her.

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    1-35

    by yelli Written Sep 10, 2004

    No matter what time of the day it is, there will always be traffic in Austin - but especially on I-35. Make sure you stay away from it during morning and afternoon/evening rush hours (mostly anytime from 7am to 6:30 pm) if you can. If you must go on it, make sure you take the upper deck! The highway splits off into upper and lower halves and the lower has walls around it - very dangerous because there are more people entering and exiting. Many times I have been almost involved in wrecks around me. Alternatives, depending on where you're going, could be Mopac, 2222, 360/Capitol of Texas Highway, 290...

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    Austin Bergstrom International Airport

    by Djinn76 Updated Aug 19, 2004

    10 minutes drive from the centre in the south-east of Austin, along 183. From there you can obviously call a Taxi but more cost-effective there is also a shuttle service (SuperShuttle ? 512-929-3900 Opt3, at least one day in advance for return reservation). Between a taxi and a bus, you would do a kind of "car pooling" up to your hotel's door. The cost depends directly on the distance. I've paid 15.75$ but that was probably in the upper limit, my hotel was rather far!!

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    Parking

    by Djinn76 Updated Aug 19, 2004

    Better visit Austin on a WE, at that time, the parking is free. Otherwise you would have to give some quarters to the parking meter. Maybe better, there is also a big covered parking at the eastern side of the Capitol.
    Red river Street could be another alternative. It is not far from the center and it is usually easy to find some parking space available.

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    A Rental Car

    by Djinn76 Updated Aug 19, 2004

    The public transport are pretty poor around Austin. I've quickly realised that without a car it was not possible to survive. Everything here is based on car; there is even drive-through banking!
    When asking for a "compact car" I've received this Mazda Protegé from Hertz.

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    Austin Duck Tours

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 20, 2004

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    Austin Duck Tours

    I would highly recommend the Austin Duck Tours as a great way to experience this town in a unique way!

    It is basically a British military vehicle that has been transformed into a tour bus that can go on land or water!

    You will visit downtown, the Bob Bullock museum, 6th St. SoCo and also the Lake Austin sites and sounds.

    $18.50 for adults and $13.00 for children ages 3-12

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