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San Antonio 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley and Double-Decker Bus Pass
"Make the most of your time in San Antonio with this 2-day pass to both an old-fashioned trolley and double-decker bus with an open-air upper deck. For two days enjoy unlimited access to both the bus and trolley hopping on and off at any of their stops (see Itinerary for a full list of stops on each tour) to visit attractions at your leisure. Trolleys depart every hour from 9am to 3:30pm and double-decker buses run every 30 minutes to an hour from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Enjoy live narration about San Antonio's rich history and top sights on both the bus and trolley tours. Visit the Alamo San Antonio's most famous landmark where Texas colonists fought valiantly against Santa Anna's Mexican troops. See where some of the heroes of that historic battle are laid to rest at San Fernando Cathedral. Explore the interactive exhibits at the Institute of Texan Cultures which tells the story of various ethnic and cultural groups that call Texas home. Stop into missions including Mission San José and Mission Concepcion
From $43.00
 
San Antonio: The Grand Historic City Tour
"This grand city tour is both parts of a two Part tour. It is the perfect way to get a grand overview of old San Antonio its rich history & culture. Play Texas Trivia along the way. Your experience starts downtown: see Hemisfair Park original La Villita; downtown architecture Briscoe western art museum Sunset Station; St. Paul Square; Paris Hatters; theatre district; Buckhorn Saloon and Hall of Horns Briscoe Western Art Museum Alamodome; Rivercenter Mall; Alamo Plaza & historic hotels; Paris Hatters; theatre district; Buckhorn Saloon & Hall of Horns; Geekdom; JFK Parade Route on the day before his assassination; Gunter Hotel - and the history of bluesman Robert Johnson
From $109.00
 
Executive Downtown San Antonio Segway Tour
"Tour starts off with a brief training session at our store across from the Alamo Plaza area behind the San Antonio Visitor's information center. A guide will demonstrate how to operate a Segway and give safety tips to all riders before having each r home to the San Fernando Cathedral and the Bexar county court house among other municipal buildings.    From here the route goes into La Villita a historic arts village. La Villita is home to a unique outdoor theater the Arneson which overlooks the riverwalk. Many unique shops and structures are located in La Villita which is the site of various festivals throughout the year. Across the street is Hemisfair Park
From $62.00

San Antonio Streetcar Tips (10)

The Trolley

We wanted to visit Merchant's Square where El Mercado was located, so we asked at the visitor's center for the best way to get there. It was suggested we take the trolley, which stopped across the street at The Alamo and at many other places.

The charge was $.80 for adults; $.40 for kids; an extra $.15 can purchase a return trip if you make arrangements when you first pay. The trolley had large comfortable seats and was equipped for wheel chairs.

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VeronicaG
Apr 04, 2011

Alamo Trolley

These trolleys depart from the Alamo Visitor Center, which is right across from the Alamo (Plaza) and at the Menger Hotel. You can use this all day by getting off and on at the designated stops or take a tour, which by the way they have many several different tours depending on your time and how much you want to see. I would recommend these because there is always something you may miss in seeing or end up not having enough time.

800-868-7707

Tickets may be purchased at the Alamo Visitor Center - 216 Alamo Plaza, next to the Alamo, in the Menger Hotel, IMAX Theartre, and street level Rivercenter Mall.
Or call 210.228.9776 24 hours a day to make reservations - major credit cards accepted

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Yaqui
Oct 30, 2006

Via San Antonio

In the downtown area, you will have the option of taking the VIA San Antonio's famous street cars. This is part of the overall transit bus system in San Antonio, but in particular the downtown area is serviced by these hop-on, hop-off streetcars. If you are not going to be navigating around the Riverwalk area, this is likely your best bet.

The streetcars arrive at every trolley stop every 10 minutes, so you will not be waiting very long!

A one-day all access pass is available for $3.75 as of September 2008, so enjoy the ride!

Locations all over downtown San Antonio.

Fares Full Reduced
Regular Bus & Streetcar $1.00 $.50
Express Bus Service $2.00 $1.00
First Transfer Slip Free!
Additional Transfers $.15 $.07
VIATrans Service $1.50
VIATrans Child $.75
Special Events Service $2.00 $1.00
Vanpool Service See pricing schedule
Starlight Service $5.50 $2.75

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ATXtraveler
Apr 04, 2011

This getting around stinks

We booked tickets for the full day grand tour of San Antonio, which runs a whole day from 9a.m.-5p.m. There were four different company tour buses in front of the visitor center and so we were a bit confused with which motor couch we were suppose to get on. There were no good directions on the pamphlets and no directors outside the visitor center where you stand to get the bus.

If you choose not to go on the grand tour by motor couch you can go by the YELLOW AND GREEEN trolley, take note, not the GREEN STREET CAR. The trolley is a directed tour whereas the streetcar is not. If you get on the streetcar they will not guide you in what you are seeing and with the trolley you get on and off whenever you like. The trolley is in my opinion a better way to go than the motor couch because there are shops/restaurants around town that you may want to visit while on your tour and the bus will not allow for you to get on and off as you please. The trolley stops every 30 and 45 minutes and also on the hour at designated stops.

You can also go on a half day tour from 9a.m.-12:15 p.m. To speak with a representative with the Alamo Visitor Center call 210-247-0238 or 210-212-5395.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Revised Fare Price

Was in San An for a few days in the end of June 2007. Fare price for return trip is a dollar for an adult. Commuted by trolleys and didn't drive ourselves at all. The service isn't that frequent and efficient, though.

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virtualling
Apr 04, 2011

Getting There and Around

By Air : The international airport at San Antonio is around 20 kms from the downtown River Walk area and is directly linked via expressway. The airport has connections to over 50 cities. There is a shuttle service which is available to most hotels in the downtown area.
By Rail : Amtrak runs a service to and from Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Chicago and Greyhound and Kerrville Bus Company have a regional and interstate service. There is a new Amtrak's station which is found in St. Paul Square, between the Sunset Station complex and the Alamodome.

Downtown streetcar service : Streetcars come by each stop about every 10 minutes. You get from Alamo Plaza to just about anywhere in downtown San Antonio within 10 minutes. Each streetcar line has it's own unique symbol and colour. Be aware that this is not the colour of the trolley but the colour shone in the front of the trolley (red, blue, purple and yellow). It only used to cost around .50c per ride.

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keeweechic
Apr 04, 2011

Alamo Trolley

We chose to take a trolley tour so that we wouldn't have to fight the traffic in an unfamiliar city. I struggled with which tour to take and was offered a free pass for this particular company. I wanted to tell others that we didn't get the whole tour, our driver only let us off when he wanted to rather than at scheduled stops. This started off fine until we had stops we were interested in , asked to get off and never saw him again. We didn't get our hour tour and only stopped twice out of 7 stops. It was Spring Break so traffic and parking was horrendous. We lost money on this venture. Just so you know.

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curtswife
Apr 04, 2011

Best way to go from one tourist spot to another

San Antonio is a super tourist friendly city with everything at a walking distance. If you are driving to the city you can just park your car at one of the many parking garages and start walking. And if you do get tired, the street car is the easiest way to move around the city as it stops at all the major tourist attractions. You can just hop on one and hop off at your desired stop. I can't recall how much the fee is (or if there's any) but if there is I'm sure it very minimal. Be aware though of the times they stop at a particular stop. If you are in a hurry waiting for the street car may frazzle your nerves.

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Apr 04, 2011

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More Like Bus Than Street Car

On my last trip to San Antonio I stayed at the Red Roof Inn across the highway from the Convention Center. Instead of walking across busy streets or driving half a mile and parking we decided to take the public transportation.

The maps are pretty easy to read and the routes are pretty consistent. I'm not really a fan of public transportation in the BUSY cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio because of the sketchiness of the people...but things were fine. I'm not so sure I'd be comfortable at night, by myself but it was ok being with another friend.

I believe the wait time per stop is 15 minutes (although we never waited for than 5 minutes)and the price is $1.10 everytime you step on.

***Note: The sign says streetcar with a trolley-looking thing. Each time we got on the stop at our hotel it was a regular bus... So, don't expect a trolley or you may be waiting a LONG time.

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msbrandysue
Apr 04, 2011

City Trolley Service

Although the downtown tourist ares isn't too big, the city provides a 'trolley' service which can be used to travel form one end of the city to the other. Useful information can be found ont he website cited below.

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Jan 23, 2011

Things to Do Near San Antonio

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Bexar County Courthouse

Okay, now this is an impressive courthouse. This is what a courthouse should look like, strong, steadfast, sure. The building was designed by architect J. Riely Gordon using the Romanesque Revival...
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Tower Life Building

The unique 30-story Tower Life Building was completed in 1929 and originally called the Smith Young Tower. Built as the great depression was beginning, it is said the architect included Medieval...
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Spanish Governor's Palace

This impressive building is the 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace. In 1772, San Antonio was made the seat of the Spanish Government in Texas and the government was run out of this building. This is...
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La Villita

La Villita (Little Village) is one of the original settlements in San Antonio. The restored village area hosts narrow streets, plazas, fountains, and authentic adobe buildings with souvenir shops,...
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Hard Rock Cafe

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El Mercado - Market Square

Market Square is a huge indoor and outdoor traditional and historic shopping district in San Antonio, Texas. The district is the largest Mexican shopping center in the city. It is called El Mercado by...
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