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How to get from Austin Airport to San Antonio

Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio has a rich colonial heritage dating back to the 18th century. Be sure to visit the beautiful HemisFair Park, walk the San Antonio River promenade, see The Alamo museum and climb the Tower of the Americas for amazing cityscape views.

To get from Austin airport to San Antonio, you have two choices; taxi or bus. Taking an Austin airport shuttle or private taxi is the only direct option and takes just 1 hour 30 minutes to reach San Antonio. Taking the bus is a cheaper transfer option, but it requires multiple changes, so takes at least 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach the city centre of San Antonio.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €250 90min 24/7
Bus €30 200min 05:00–23:59

How to get from Austin airport to San Antonio by taxi

Taking a taxi from Austin airport to San Antonio is the quickest and by far the most convenient transfer option. In an Austin airport shuttle, you can get from the airport to the door of your hotel in San Antonio in just 1 hour and 30 minutes, that’s half the time of the public transport option.

How much is the Austin airport to San Antonio shuttle?

The local drivers at Austin airport don’t offer a set-rate fare for the journey into San Antonio. Instead, they will use a taximeter based on the distance you travel to calculate your fare. The average cost of an Austin airport to San Antonio shuttle is around $280 (€250) but this could increase by up to 50% if you’re travelling at night.

Cost

$280 (€250)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Austin airport.

Where do I get it from?

The long line of yellow taxis can easily be spotted as soon as you exit the Austin airport arrivals hall. Simply walk to the front of the line and speak to the first driver.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the only direct option. Not only will you cut your journey time in half by choosing a private shuttle over public transport, but you won’t need to carry your luggage through different bus stations or endure long wait times between buses.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a shuttle from Austin airport to San Antonio is the more expensive transfer option, if you book in advance with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups, you can secure a lower price.

Useful Tips

Feel free to discuss a set price with you driver before beginning your journey, some may accept this.
Be sure to carry change for your taxi ride as not all drivers have change for larger bills.
You can bring luggage that will fit in the trunk for free.

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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 San Antonio by bus

Unfortunately, there’s no direct bus from Austin airport to San Antonio, you will need to make two changes and walk around 7 minutes. First, you will need to take the Route 20 bus from Austin airport to the 307 Dean Keeton/San Jacinto bus stop. From here, you will switch to the Route 7 bus which will take you to the main coach station in Austin. Next, you will make one final change to the bus company of your choice (Greyhound, Megabus or Flixbus), which will take you the rest of the way to San Antonio. The total journey time will be around 3 hours and 20 minutes, not including waiting times.

How much is the bus form Austin airport to San Antonio?

The Route 20 and Route 7 buses cost $1.25 (€1) each one-way. The cost of the final bus will depend on the company you choose but on average costs around $15 (€13).

Cost

$17.50 (€15)

Trip Duration

3 Hrs 20 Min.

*Theres a waiting time of up to 4 hours for the final bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Route 20 and 7 buses run from 5:00 to 24:00, the Megabus runs once a day and the Greyhound bus runs from 6:00 to 24:00.

Where do I get it from?

The Route 20 bus can be found just outside the airport on the lower level. You will see a large neon guitar shaped bus stop, this is where you will find the Route 20 bus. The final buses can be found at the bus and coach station in downtown Austin.

Convenience

As there’s no direct bus from Austin airport to San Antonio, it’s by far the least convenient option. You will need to make multiple changes, carry your luggage on a 7-minute walk and will have to wait up to 4 hours between bus changes.

Editor’s Note

Although the bus is the cheapest transfer option, it's extremely complicated and time consuming. If you can split the cost of a local taxi or book an Austin airport to San Antonio shuttle in advance, I suggest to do so.

Useful Tips

You will need to make two changes if you choose to take the bus from Austin airport to San Antonio.
To ensure you get a seat, arrive at least 10 minutes before the buses depart and book your final bus online.
You have three choices when it comes to the final bus from Austin to San Antonio; Greyhound, Megabus or Flixbus.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Austin airport from San Antonio?

Austin airport is located 150 km from San Antonio. If you choose to take an Austin airport shuttle, the journey will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, if you choose to take public transportation, your journey will take at least 3 hours and 20 minutes.

How do you get from Austin airport to San Antonio?

There are two ways to get from Austin airport to San Antonio; taxi or bus. Taking a taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 1 hour 30 minutes and costs around $280 (€250) based on a taximeter. The cheapest option is to take the bus as it costs around $17.50 (€15) one-way. However, there’s no direct bus from Austin airport to San Antonio, so you will need to make two changes, increasing the journey time to at least 3 hours and 20 minutes. If you’d like to secure a set rate for your transfer, book an Austin airport shuttle in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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