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San Antonio Airport to Downtown San Antonio

Located in the Southwestern part of Texas, San Antonio is the most populous city in the State. The town was founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718 and became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731. San Antonio is now home to some of the most famous historical sites in Texas and is a beautiful city to visit.

When visiting this stunning city, you will be landing at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). You have 2 travel options to get to Downtown Riverwalk; you can take a taxi or private shuttle or the public bus. Choosing to take a taxi from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk is a great way to get around as they provide 24/7 door-to-door services taking you to your Riverwalk hotel in just 15 minutes. Alternatively, travellers on a budget can take the public bus Route 5, taking 30 minutes to reach Downtown.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €23 15min 24/7
Bus €2.50 30min 05:29–22:43

How to get from San Antonio International Airport to Downtown by taxi

The most comfortable and convenient way to get from San Antonio airport to Downtown San Antonio is by taking a cab, especially if you are travelling with children and/or heavy luggage. Taxis are available 24/7 and only take 15 minutes to reach your Riverwalk accommodation.

Taxi fare from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk

San Antonio taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter. Please note that prices vary based on if you travel during the day, at night, or on the weekend. Your 15-minute journey from San Antonio airport to Downtown costs around $24 (€23) during the day and $29 (€28) at night and on weekends. Moreover, an additional airport surcharge of $1.25 (€1.20) will be added to your end taxi fare.

Nonetheless, if you want to travel at a fixed rate with no extra fees, you can pre-book your San Antonio airport shuttle with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$24 (€23)

Trip Duration

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at San Antonio International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find San Antonio’s airport taxi cabs at the outer commercial curbside at Terminal A. If you need any assistance, you can go to Airport Ground Transportation.

Convenience

Finding your way around a new city can always be tricky and stressful, especially if you are travelling late at night and with children; that is why it is always recommended to take a taxi. San Antonio cabs are reliable and safe, providing door-to-door services, and ensuring your loved ones and personal belongings are secure and well looked after.

Editor’s Note

Please note that an airport toll fee of $1.25 (€1.20) will be added to your end fare when leaving San Antonio International Airport.

Useful Tips

Taxi cabs in San Antonio should accept credit card payments, however, it is always best to check with your driver before starting your journey.
It is customary to tip your taxi driver; a tip of 10% to 15% is the norm.
Be aware that there are price differences for day, night or weekend trips in San Antonio.

How to get from San Antonio International Airport to Downtown by bus

A great cost-savvy travel alternative is to take the bus. San Antonio provides excellent public transportation to and from the airport through the bus Route 5. The bus runs daily and takes 30 minutes to get from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk.

How much is a bus ticket from San Antonio airport to Downtown San Antonio?

A one-way bus ticket from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk costs $1.30 (€1.25) for adults and $0.90 (€0.85) for children.

For those planning to use the VIA Metropolitan Transportation in San Antonio, you can purchase a $2.75 (€2.60) Day Pass, which allows you to travel unlimitedly on all buses and services for the day indicated.

Cost

$1.30 (€1.25)

Trip Duration

The bus Route 5 runs every 20 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport bus is available Monday to Friday from 05:29 to 22:43, Saturday from 06:02 to 21:52 and Sunday from 06:49 to 21:48.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the bus at the Lower Roadway (Arrivals/Baggage Level in Terminal A and B), across the marked crosswalk to the outer curb.

Convenience

Taking the bus from San Antonio airport to Downtown is an excellent alternative for travellers on a budget. The bus is direct, runs daily and only takes 30 minutes to reach Downtown.

Nevertheless, if you are travelling late at night or with heavy baggage, it would be best to take a taxi.

Editor’s Note

Please note that the bus frequency may vary throughout the day and on weekends.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that bus transfers are available at no extra cost.
Discounts are available to children 5-13, seniors aged 62 or older, Medicare recipients, persons with certain disabilities, active-duty U.S. military, and students.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk?

San Antonio airport is located 14.50 km away from the Riverwalk in Downtown San Antonio; it takes around 15 minutes to reach by car or by taxi and approximately 30 minutes by bus, excluding wait times.

Is there direct public transportation from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk?

Yes, a public bus runs directly from San Antonio airport to Downtown every 20 minutes and the journey takes 30 minutes.

What is the average taxi fare from San Antonio airport to Riverwalk?

A one-way taxi fare from San Antonio International Airport to Riverwalk costs around $24 (€23) during the day.

Please note that prices vary depending on when you’re travelling; there are different day, night and weekend rates.

Is there a San Antonio airport shuttle to Riverwalk?

There are no shared San Antonio airport services to Riverwalk; however, you can always pre-book a private shuttle with Welcome Pickups.

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