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How to get from San Antonio Airport to Lackland AFB

Located 30.50 km away from San Antonio International Airport, Lackland AFB is best known to be the sole location for U.S. Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training (BMT) for Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. Lackland also allows civilian visitors upon presentation of basic ID documents.

If you are making your way to Lackland AFB from the San Antonio airport, you have 2 transportation options; you can take a taxi or the bus. Taking a San Antonio cab is the best way to travel as it is the only direct alternative and offers 24/7 door-to-door services, taking only 25 minutes to reach the base. For a more cost-savvy travel method, public buses are available; however, you will need to take three separate buses to reach your destination, taking you 1 hour and 50 minutes (excluding waiting time).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €46 25min 24/7
Bus €2.50 110min 05:29–22:43

How to get from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB by taxi

The easiest and most convenient way to get from San Antonio International Airport to Lackland AFB is to take a taxi or private shuttle. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of your own car, taking just 25 minutes to reach the base.

Please note that unless your taxi driver has a valid military or DoD ID they will not be able to drive on base, but they can drop you off at the Luke East Gate or Valley Hi Visitor Center parking lots.

Taxi fare from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB

Taxis in Texas calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled and if you are travelling during the day, the night or the weekend. A one-way taxi trip from San Antonio International Airport to Lackland AFB costs $49 (€46) and $55 (€52.20) at night. Moreover, an airport surcharge of $1.25 (€1.20) will be added to your end fare.

Nonetheless, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate with no hidden fees, you can pre-book a private San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB shuttle.

Cost

$49 (€46)

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

Convenience

Choosing to take a San Antonio airport taxi to Lackland is definitely the best way to travel and the only direct option. Taxis are available 24/7 and take just 25 minutes to reach the Air Force Base.

Editor’s Note

It is important to know 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

It is expected to tip your San Antonio taxi driver; travellers usually leave between 10% to 15% of the final fare.
Cabs in Texas accept credit card payments; nonetheless, it is best to confirm with your driver before starting your journey.
Taxi prices vary depending on the time of day you’re travelling (day/night) or for weekend trips.

How to get from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB by bus

A less expensive option exists for travellers on a budget; however, it involves two transits and takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to get from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB.

You will first need to get bus No. 5 to McCullough station (5 minutes), then take bus No. 552 to Kel-Lac Transit Center (50 minutes) before taking bus No. 102 to SW Military DR. & Selfridge. From here, you will have to walk 15 minutes to reach the base or get a taxi.

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

A one-way bus ticket from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB costs $1.30 (€1.25) for adults and $0.90 (€0.85) for children. Please note that you only need to purchase one ticket as all transfers are included.

You can purchase your tickets at the airport or online on the VIA website.

Cost

$1.30 (€1.25)

Trip Duration

The bus No. 5 runs every 20 minutes, bus No. 552 and No. 102 run every 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus No. 5 is available from 05:15 to 22:43, bus No. 552 from 05:12 to 23:01 and bus No. 102 from 04:00 to 00:35.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find bus No. 5 at the San Antonio airport’s Lower Roadway (Arrivals/Baggage Level in Terminal A and B), across the marked crosswalk to the outer curb.

Convenience

Unfortunately, taking the bus from San Antonio airport to Lackland is a long and tedious journey, as it involves three separate buses and a 15-minute walk. Moreover, if you are travelling late at night, you will have to find an alternative solution.

Editor’s Note

Please note that bus transfers are available at no cost; they are included in the price of one ticket.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that bus ticket discounts are offered to children 5-13, seniors age 62 or older, Medicare recipients, persons with specific disabilities, active-duty U.S. military, and students.
Bus frequency may vary during the day or on weekends; make sure to check your bus schedule on the bus company's website.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from San Antonio airport to Lackland Air Force Base?

San Antonio International Airport is located 30.50 km away from Lackland AFB; it takes around 25 minutes to reach by taxi or by private transfer.

Is there a shuttle from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB?

There is no San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB shuttle, however, you can always pre-book a private shuttle company and ensure an efficient door-to-door transfer and personalised pickup service.

What is the taxi cost from San Antonio airport to Lackland AFB?

A one-way taxi trip from SAT to Lackland AFB costs around $49 (€46) during the day and $55 (€52.20) at night. Prices vary depending on traffic conditions and the time of day. It’s worth keeping in mind, that an additional airport surcharge of $1.25 (€1.20) will be added to your end fare.

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