Getting Around

We have provided a comprehensive selection of transportation options, to help you design your commute to SXSW events within your individual budget and needs. Use the guide below to find the services that best work for you.


SXSW 2023 — Photo by Aaron Rogosin

Getting Around Austin & SXSW

 

SXSW venues and events are clustered across Downtown Austin, but getting to your next session, meet up, film, or artist showcase is easy. Most venues are walkable and within a few minutes of each other. Austin blocks are just a one minute walk within the downtown area. If you need to give your feet a break, there are many transportation options to choose from.

We highly recommend considering all other options before deciding to drive. With many street closures downtown, as well as heightened vehicle, scooter and foot traffic, driving can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor as downtown parking ranges in both price and availability.

Explore your options before heading out including SXSW Shuttles, the Registrant Walking Map, the official SXSW GO mobile app, the Austin Chronicle's guide, and more transportation services below to better help you navigate Austin and SXSW events.

SXSW Shuttles

 

SXSW Shuttles

A free circulating shuttle route runs between the Austin Convention Center and most SXSW venues, for official registrants and attendees. Catch the SXSW Shuttle outside the Convention Center on Trinity Street.

Resources

The 2024 SXSW Shuttle Map and Shuttle Schedule are now available. Get familiar with these convenient routes to get your through the city of Austin this March.

Transportation Partners

 

Airport Transportation

Carter Transportation Austin is the preferred airport transportation service for SXSW 2024. They offer a stellar shared-ride service with convenience, price transparency, and affordability for rides to and from the airport and around town. Use the link above for discounted rates available only to SXSW attendees.

Rental Cars

Enterprise is the car rental company of choice for SXSW. Hauling gear? Taking a road trip to Lockhart for BBQ? Whatever your rental car needs, Enterprise will pick you up.

Transportation Resources

 

CapMetro Public Transportation

CapMetro is Austin’s regional public transportation provider. They provide residents, commuters, and visitors the best possible transit options available. More Information »

With the CapMetro App, your smartphone becomes your ticket. Use the app for schedules, maps, and real-time arrival information. Download the app »

MetroBike

When you’re ready to give your feet a break, check out MetroBike, Austin’s bike-share system. Bike-share stations are conveniently placed throughout downtown near all the places you want to be. Austin MetroBike 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! Bikes adjust to fit individual sizes and come equipped with baskets, lights, and gears. More Information »

Pedicabs

Pedicabs operate throughout Austin day and night, mostly in the Central Business District, Rainey St, and East 6th St areas. Pedicab drivers are licensed and regulated by the City of Austin Ground Transportation Department and usually work for tips or a charge-per-block fare. Look for pedicab staging areas around downtown, or just flag one down.

Electric Cab

Electric Cab provides a fun, safe, and green ride for evening entertainment and special event pedestrians in Downtown Austin. More Information & Service Area »

Traditional Taxi Services

Cabs are in high demand during SXSW. Schedule a Taxi or call to arrange for pick-up from your hotel. The following cab services operate in the Austin area:

zTrip Austin – (512) 452-9999 or book through the zTrip App ATX Co-op Taxi – (512) 333-5555

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.

The Austin Convention Center has two parking garages, located at 2nd & Brazos and 5th & Red River. See their website for more information and pricing details. While driving is always an option, we don’t encourage using a car, as you will experience high traffic volume and high parking fees in and around Downtown Austin.

Registration Walking Map

At the center of the event is the Austin Convention Center which houses Registration, daily Conference sessions, Exhibitions, and much more.

Use this handy Registration Walking Map with distances and times listed from downtown venues to the closest Austin Convention Center entrance.

Download PDF

Street Closures

 

The City of Austin closes various streets in downtown Austin during Spring Festival Season, which includes SXSW.

Note: Austin is a major city so expect delays during peak traffic hours on weekday mornings (7am-9am) and evenings (4:30pm-7pm). Be sure to schedule extra time for transportation when traveling during these hours.

Austin Visitors Guide

Explore the Austin Chronicle's visitors guide to the music scene, arts events, and restaurants of Austin, Texas.

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SXSW 2023 – Photo by Aaron Rogosin

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