Austin, TX Airport Information
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Approximate taxi fare: $25 USD
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located just five miles outside of downtown Austin and 11 miles from the Austin Convention Center. With roughly 300 daily flights to locations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, the airport services approximately nine million passengers per year. In operation since 1999, the airport is currently preparing for a terminal expansion due for completion in 2012. Included in the plan is the creation of nine new gates, 20 additional airline ticketing counters, expanded baggage claim areas and a new parking garage.
Currently, the crescent-shaped Austin-Bergstrom International consists of one four-level terminal with 25 gates and two runways. Designed to avoid heavy passenger traffic, the terminal places passengers as close to their gate destination as possible.
As beautiful as it is functional, the airport, built with indigenous materials, features entryways encased in native granite and glass and an exterior of more than 50,000 square feet of white, pink, and black flecked Texas Pearl granite. The airport's large glass panels let in plenty of natural light, perfect for showcasing its extensive art program. Staying true to Austin's reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World, the airport even features a stage in the terminal's central courtyard that routinely hosts live music acts.
The airport features a variety of amenities, including restaurants, banks, gift shops, newsstands and massage booths all housed in the airport's Market Place area. On-site business services include PowerPort computer stations with Internet access and laptop rentals, as well as free printing services and battery and cell phone chargers. Passengers can use the airport's terminal-wide wireless Internet connection for a small fee. The airport also features 10,152 parking spaces in the parking garage located directly across from the terminal; parking is $20 per day. The airport's Super Shuttle service takes passengers from the airport to major downtown hotels for $12 one-way or $21 round trip per person.
Airline carriers serving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- US Airways
Austin, TX Train Information
Austin Amtrak Station
The Austin Amtrak station is located on North Lamar Boulevard. Servicing the Texas Eagle route, trains run daily between Chicago and San Antonio and three times per week between Chicago and Los Angeles. The station is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 AM to 9:30 PM.
Austin, TX Public Transportation
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Capital Metro Bus Line
Austin's public bus system is part of a 500-square-mile Central Texas system of more than 3,000 bus stops and 53 routes. Austin is serviced by 19 local bus routes, 13 limited stop/flyer routes, eight express routes, 20 University of Texas shuttle routes, and five downtown "Dillo" circulator routes. The fleet of approximately 400 buses services 130,000 riders each day.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is serviced by the Route 100 Airport Flyer route, which connects the downtown area to the airport lower level. The Austin Convention Center is serviced by the 17 Cesar Chavez Route, which stops just a few blocks away from the center. All express buses offer free wireless Internet service, while the entire bus fleet is widely known for being clean and efficient.
Youth fares for children ages 6-12 are $0.25 for local service and $0.50 for express service. Adult fares are $0.75 for local service and $1.50 express service. Children under 5 ride for free. An all-service day pass is $3 per passenger.
Slated to begin service in late 2008, Austin's new Capital MetroRail service will run 32 miles of existing freight tracks between Leander and downtown Austin. The Red Line will service nine stations, including a stop right in front of the Austin Convention Center. Each of the six vehicles in the fleet will hold 200 passengers and offer free wireless Internet service.
During the initial service period, MetroRail will run weekdays every 30 minutes during morning and evening rush hours; service times will be expanded after the initial testing period. MetroRail fares will be $1 for one zone and $1.50 for two zones.
Several rental car agencies, including ACE Car Rental of Austin, Advantage, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty, are represented at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Agency counters are located outside of the baggage claim on the terminal ground floor.
In the city, taxis can be hailed on the street throughout the downtown region or found at hotel taxi stands. Taxis are also readily available outside the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport's baggage claim area on the ground floor. Visitors should expect to pay about $25 in taxi fare from the airport to downtown Austin.