San Antonio is accessible by air, rail and road... It is connected to all major cities.
Like most cities in Texas, San Antonio doesn't have a well developed public transport system since everyone owns a car. However, you don't need to drive around downtown since everything is pretty much walkable and there is a Downtown Trolley-bus and you can even arrange a horse carriage tour. Sea World however is a good 20-30 minute drive and you will need a car or need to make arrangements with a shuttle or a cab.
Note : This picture wasn't taken by me.
***Air: SAT Airport
***Bus: Greyhound from US (www.greyhound.com), Autobuses Americanos from Mexico (see tip)
***Car: I-35, I-10, H-281, and I-37, any of these highways or interstates will land you in San Antonio
(map modified from MS Expedia Trip Planer 98)
Definitlye by car. The bus system sucks and we don't have a metro/subway.
Sample times to cities in Texas:
Houston - 4 hrs by bus, 3 hrs by car
Austin - 1 hour by car
Dallas- 4-5 hours by car
Laredo - 4 hours
El Paso - 7-8 hours
San Antonio has an airport, so you can fly in or drive. It's about 3.5 hours from Houston.
Public Transportation does not exist in Texas so you are level with walking or getting car. You can walk to a lot of places if you stay in town, though.
Fly into San Antonio International Airport, it is 13 miles from the downtown River Walk and is directly linked via expressway. INFORMATION 210-207-3411
There are shuttles (SATRANS) from the Airport to the Riverwalk area - it cost approx $15 roundtrip with tip.
The boats on the River Walk are a good way to see everything, otherwise I just walked. Taxi-Cabs are easy to find as well.
The buses are quite regular throughout San Antonio and the routes are comprehensive.
Just watch out for the bus changing number though. Some of them when they reach Downtown rather than turn around, change number and continue on another route.
You learn when to get off the bus quite quickly. Just check your stops as you reach Downtown.
Many of the Harley dealerships will allow to rent a Harley if you have a motorcycle license. Rates vary and each June Austin hold a big ole rally where in they shut down all of 6th street! Expect to see 30,000 plus HOGS!
We travelled to San Antonio by car.. via Austin. A lovely couple of hours on the road, and you see so much along the way.
Like most big cities, parking in downtown San Antonio can be a pain in the XXX. Here is a link to a website that may help ease the pain.
If you wish, you can take a trolley around parts of town and leave the driving to them. Me, I'd rather save my money for a nice dinner and look around on my own.
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