Austin Transportation

Transportation around Austin TXAustin, the capital of the big state of Texas, is also one of the fastest growing cities in the state. It is home to Texas' center of government, as well as colleges and universities, professional sports teams and plenty of entertainment options, hotels and restaurants to appeal to travelers looking for a good time. Austin is a great city for a vacation, particularly because of all the transportation modes available to travelers.

The city is, first and foremost, home to many different taxi services. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to take passengers wherever they need to go in and around the Austin area. Fares range from small for short trips to fairly steep for longer excursions around the city. However, taxis are among the most reliable transportation service available in Austin. They can be found at random on some of the city's busiest downtown streets, and companies may be called in advance from anywhere around the city if you are in need of a ride and don't want to wait on a cab to happen by.

Public transit is also a great option for travelers looking to see the sights in Austin. The city operates a reliable bus system that runs from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. A huge number of bus stops are available all up and down Austin's main thoroughfare and at scattered points of interest located throughout the city as well. A hotline is available through the city for tips on how to get where you want to go by bus, and buses clearly display their point of origin, route number and destination to help travelers who may be new to the area. Fares are paid on individual buses, and day passes are available from drivers if you plan to ride frequently during a trip.

Another public transportation option is the Metro Rail. This light rail line operates Monday through Saturday on a route in the busiest part of Austin. Board the rail at Leander, one of Austin's busiest streets, and ride along the 32 mile track to your next destination. There are nine different stations located along the Metro Rail track so you can get nearly anywhere you want to go in the city easily and quickly. Tickets and passes are available in advance of your ride, and can also be purchased at the time you ride at the train station. Three park and ride lots are available along the route for those interested in leaving personal or rented vehicles behind and riding the rail.