Getting Around

Photo credits (l-r): Mazda car at the ACC photo by Christine M. Chun, Miller Lite pedicab photo by Margaret Licarione, and SX Shuttle photo by Aaron Rogosin

Getting Around

The ten days that comprise SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film and SXSW Music occur March 11-20 in Austin, Texas. The Austin Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Austin, is central to the SXSW experience. That is the first place registrants go to pick up their badge and where they will spend most of their time at conference panels and keynotes, the trade shows, and hundreds of other scheduled activities.

Specific SXSW disciplines (Music, Film, Interactive) also have events taking place outside the Austin Convention Center, but most will be easily accessible by foot, shuttle, or bicycle.

Getting dropped off at the Austin Convention Center? The best place to get dropped off for the Austin Convention Center is on the North side of the building, on 4th street. Browse more transportation options below.


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Download the Lyft app to get a ride in minutes. New users, get $20 off your first ride with the code SXSW2016.

Code is redeemable in Austin only and must be redeemed by April 30, 2016 and used within 30 days after redeeming.

Group Transportation

Small groups or super-large groups can pre-arrange transportation with SuperShuttle. They can help to facilitate your transfers from your hotel and back and to and from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Email AusSales@SuperShuttle.com or call 512-929-3900 x 4.

Area Parking

Area parking ranges in price and availability. Arriving into the downtown area early is the best bet for securing parking. Parking locations and availability can be found on the City of Austin's website, here.

Taxi and pedicab

Cabs are in high demand during SXSW, but can sometimes be found circling the downtown area. The following cab services operate in the Austin area:

Yellow Cab Austin – (512) 452-9999
Lone Star Cab – (512) 836-4900
Austin Cab Company – (512) 478-2222

Taxi cabs can charge a night-time surcharge of $1 per person between the hours of 9pm to 4am authorized by the City of Austin.

Pedicabs are a common sight in the downtown Austin area and operate for a pre-negotiated tip. Flag one down for shorter trips between SXSW venues.

Airport Transfers

Super Shuttle offers discounted shared-ride van service and executive car service for SXSW registrants. Visit SuperShuttle's Website to reserve your discounted airport charter.

Capital Metro offers a consistent public transportation option from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the Airport Flyer, which stops close to the Austin Convention Center and many downtown hotels.

Getting Around Downtown Austin

Expect to do lots of walking while you are here, so wear your comfy shoes. Also be sure to check out B-cycle, Austin's bike-share system. These bike share stations are conveniently placed throughout the downtown area near all the places you want to be. Austin B-cycle is another fast, easy way to get around during SXSW, day or night. Day access passes are available at each B-station; all you need is a credit card! Adjusts to fit size and comes equipped with baskets, lights, and gears. Learn more at austinbcycle.com.

If biking or walking is not your style, check out the City of Austin's many modes of transportation or check out our Public Transportation, Cars, and Shuttles.

Street Closures

Various street closures occur in Downtown Austin during SXSW, please review the City of Austin's Street Closure Maps for an overview.

For more information about the street closures during SXSW, or how to obtain Barricade Access Vehicle Permits via our Vehicle Permit Intake Form, please contact either Connor Tester at connor@sxsw.com or Christian Mella at christian@sxsw.com.


Photo credits (l-r): Mazda car at the ACC photo by Christine M. Chun, Miller Lite pedicab photo by Margaret Licarione, and SX Shuttle photo by Aaron Rogosin