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How to get from Austin Airport to Downtown

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There are two different transfer options for transportation from Austin airport to downtown; taxi or bus. Taking an Austin airport taxi or private shuttle is the quickest transfer option as it takes just 15 minutes to reach the heart of downtown and costs around $33 (€30). A great budget option is taking the Metro Airport Flyer Bus, which costs just $1.25 (€1) one-way but takes 35 minutes to reach downtown Austin.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €30 15min 24/7
Bus €2 35min 05:00–23:59

How to get from Austin airport to Downtown by taxi

Taking an Austin airport shuttle or private taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get from Austin airport to downtown. Taxis are readily available 24/7 at Austin airport and take just 15 minutes to reach the hotels downtown.

How much is an Austin airport shuttle to Downtown?

The local taxi drivers at Austin airport (AUS) don’t offer a set-rate fare for the journey to downtown, it will be calculated using a taximeter. The average cost for an Austin airport shuttle to downtown will be $33 (€30) during the day, but at night, this price can increase by up to 50%.

Cost

$33 (€30)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Austin airport.

Where do I find the taxi from Austin airport to Downtown?

Taxis can easily be found just outside of the arrivals hall at Austin airport. You will see the long line of yellow taxis as soon as you walk out the doors.

Convenience

Although taking an Austin airport taxi or private shuttle is a little more expensive than the public transport option, it’s much more convenient. You will make your way directly to the door of your hotel without having to wait outside for your transport at the airport. This also means that you won’t have to drag your luggage through the bus station in Austin, saving you time and effort.

Editor’s Note

The weather in Austin can be unpredictable, one day it can be hot and sunny, the next it can be cold and snowing. If you're travelling during the peak of summer or in winter, taking a taxi is the best way to stay out of the elements and travel comfortably.

Useful Tips

There's no extra charge for storing luggage in the trunk.
The total price of your journey will depend on your exact destination in Austin or the amount of traffic on the roads when you travel.
Note that the cost of your journey can increase by up to 50% if you're travelling at night.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Austin. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Austin airport to Downtown by bus

The Metro Airport Flyer Bus runs every 15 minutes, 7 days a week from Austin airport to downtown. The cost of a one-way ticket costs just $1.25 (€1), making it a great transfer option for those travelling on a budget.

How much is the bus from Austin airport to Downtown?

The cost of a one-way ticket for the bus from Austin airport to downtown is $1.25 (€1). You can purchase your ticket from the airport or from the bus driver before you get on the bus.

Cost

$1.25 (€1)

Trip Duration

35 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 15 minutes for the Metro Airport Flyer Bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metro Airport Flyer Bus is available from 5:00 to 24:00 during the week and 6:00 to 23:30 on the weekends.

Where do I find the transportation from Austin airport to Downtown?

The blue Metro Bus can be found just outside of Austin airport (AUS). It departs from the impressive blue neon guitar shaped bus stop, so you won’t be able to miss it.

Convenience

Taking the Metro Airport Flyer Bus is a fantastic option if you’re on a budget as it runs directly into downtown Austin and is available 7 days a week. However, once you arrive downtown, you will need to either walk with your luggage or take a taxi to your hotel, which adds time and money to your journey.

Editor’s Note

The public transport in Austin is fast and clean. If you're arriving to Austin airport with little luggage and need a cheap transfer option, taking the Metro Airport Flyer Bus is a great choice.

Useful Tips

You will need to bring exact change to pay the bus driver as they don't usually have change.
There's very little storage on the bus so travel light.
Buses fill up fast, so be sure to arrive to the bus stop at least 10 minutes early to get a seat.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get from Austin airport to Downtown?

There are two different modes of transportation from Austin airport to downtown; taxi or bus. Taking a taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 15 minutes to get downtown and costs around $33 (€30). The cheapest option is the Metro Bus route 20, as it costs $1.25 (€1) one-way but takes longer with a 35 minute journey time.

How much is a taxi from Austin airport to Downtown?

The local drivers at Austin airport use a taximeter to calculate your fare based on the distance you travel or the time you take. The average cost of the journey from Austin airport to downtown is around $33 (€30), however, this could increase by up to 50% at night. To secure a set-rate fare you can rely on, we recommend booking your Austin airport shuttle in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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