Getting Around SXSW

Find out how to get around during SXSW 2017 from a variety of transportation services including Festival Shuttles, SXcycles, rideshare, car rentals, cabs, and more below.

Watch the "Getting Around SXSW 2017" video for more information on venues, shuttles, and credentials.

Getting Around Information

 

The Austin Convention Center

The Austin Convention Center (ACC) is located at 500 E Cesar Chavez in downtown Austin, Texas. The most convenient entrances to use are located at 4th street and Trinity street.

Important Information About the Austin Convention Center:

Operating a Cisco VoIP Network, with 2.4 Gbps of bandwidth running on a Cisco Enterprise redundant Ethernet infrastructure consisting of a 10 Gigabit backbone the Austin Convention Center has long been the SXSW Technology Partner. Data/Telecommunication services on every fixed wall and/or floor pocket every 30 feet help us to guarantee that your needs are met while you’re visiting us in Austin, whether you’re presenting or attending.

Limited complimentary Wireless 802.11a/g/n/ac Internet Access throughout entire facility – 3 Mbs up/down and digital signage for events/facility information and meeting room schedules built upon the Four Winds Interactive system help us to ensure you know exactly where you are headed next.

What Happens at the Austin Convention Center?

  • Registration: Badge pickup is available in Exhibit Hall 5
  • SXSW Conference: Keynotes, Features Speakers sessions, interviews, mentor sessions, and more
  • SXSW Exhibitions: Trade Show, Pitch Stage, Next Stage, SXSW Gaming Expo, Flatstock 59 Poster Show, SXSW Job Market, and more
  • Film Screenings
  • Music Radio and International Day Stages
  • and so much more!

Getting Around Downtown

Getting around downtown Austin to your next session, meet up, film, or artist showcase is easy. There are many options to choose, including Festival Shuttles, Mazda Express, SXcycle, and Pedicabs.

Festival Shuttle SXcycle Pedicabs Mazda Express Official Rideshare Service

Hotel Transportation

Most of our hotels are just a quick trip to the Austin Convention Center and SXSW works with a variety of transportation services to provide a comprehensive selection of transportation options. These options are available to help you design your commute to SXSW events within your individual budget and needs. Visit our Hotel Transportation page to see which transportation options service your hotel.

Hotel Transportation

SuperShuttle taxi Official Rideshare Service CapMetro

Group Transportation

If you’re bringing a large group staying outside of downtown, scheduling regular shuttles for your team ahead of time may be a great option for you. Services like SuperShuttle and International Chauffeured Service (ICS) for chartered coach service, work with your organization ahead of time to make sure your team can catch all the valuable programming, without the worry of scheduling once you arrive. Whether your team is 4 or 140 these services can help you make a plan that works for you.

SuperShuttle International Chauffeured Service

Airport Transportation

The Austin Airport is minutes from downtown with lots of options to get to and from your hotel. Traveling with a large group? Try SuperShuttle or International Chauffeured Service. If you’re traveling on your own, try a taxi or, FASTEN, our official rideshare Service.

CapMetro, Austin’s public transportation network, offers the Airport Flyer, which stops close to the Austin Convention Center and many downtown hotels.

SuperShuttle taxi Official Rideshare Service CapMetro

Street Closures

The City of Austin closes various streets in downtown Austin during the Spring Festival Season, which includes SXSW. To help navigate the closures, please view the City’s Spring Festival Season street closures map.

For more information about the City of Austin’s street closures during SXSW and/or how to obtain Barricade Access Vehicle Permits, please contact either Connor Tester at connor@sxsw.com or Christian Mella at christian@sxsw.com.

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.

SpotHero

Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress-free! To book convenient and affordable parking, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the SXSW SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Austin. Learn more »

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone| Android app and enter promo code SXSW17 for an extra $5 off your first park!

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Transportation Services

 

Festival Shuttles

The SXSW Festival Shuttle is our free circulating shuttle that runs between the Austin Convention Center and most festival venues. Shuttles leave the Convention Center during conference hours every 10 minutes. This one-route system helps get you within walking distance of even the most remote festival venues. Catch the SXSW Festival Shuttle outside the Convention Center on Trinity Street.

Shuttle Schedule

Friday, March 10 | 10:30am – 2:30am
Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, March 18 | 9am – 2:30am

*Sunday, March 12 the shuttles will run until 3:30am due to daylight savings time

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Shuttle Resources

Group Transportation Services

SuperShuttle & ExecuCar Pre-Scheduled Ride Service

SuperShuttle is a versatile transportation company offering safe reliable pre-scheduled options for getting around Austin with a dynamic range of services that work for you. Choose between a Blue Van (up to 10 people) or Black Car/SUV Service (up to 6 people).

Airport Transportation: Make reservations using the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar app or on the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar website for SuperShuttle shared-ride or private direct service or ExecuCar private black car or SUV service. Use the SXSW discount code 6X3EE.

Hotel & Non-Airport Transportation: Make reservations using the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar app or on the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar website for SuperShuttle van or black car/SUV transfers between your hotel, convention center, offsite venues, restaurants, entertainment, or anywhere else you need to go. Prices start at just $35 per transfer.

Make reservations using the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar app or on the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar website for shared-ride transfers between the outlying (non-walkable) SXSW hotels and the Austin Convention Center for just $10 per person per ride ($15 for Arboretum/Domain). Choose your time and share a ride with others at your hotel or nearby going to/from ACC. 15 minute pick up window applies. Private direct transfers for individuals and groups also available starting at just $35 per vehicle per ride with options up to 10 passengers.

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International Chauffeured Service

ICS provides the finest, quality, global chartered chauffeured service available by integrating advanced technology with highly skilled service professionals who work hard to fulfill the needs of every client, including very large groups. They provide ON-TIME service for thousands of small, midsize and fortune 1000 companies for over 25 years.

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FASTEN – Official Rideshare Service

FASTEN is the Official Rideshare Company of SXSW 2017. By charging drivers 99¢ a trip instead of 25% or more, Fasten does more than find you a ride in no time, they do it in a way that is fair for everyone. Download the app and get $5 off your first ride with promo code: RIDEON.

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CapMetro Public Transportation

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

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

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Mazda Express

March 10-19, 10AM – 6PM
Get around Austin in style with Mazda’s complementary ride service. Just flag down a Mazda Express vehicle, show your wristband and go. Register at the Mazda Lounge or visit MazdaSXSW.com for more sign-up locations.

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SXcycle

When you’re ready to give your feet a break, check out B-cycle, Austin’s bike-share system. Bike-share stations are conveniently placed throughout downtown 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! Bikes adjust to fit individual sizes and come equipped with baskets, lights, and gears.

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Downtown Alternative Cab Service

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.

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Car Rental

Enterprise

Enterprise, the Preferred Car Rental Company of SXSW 2017, offers SXSW Registrants competitive rates and a number of convenient locations in the Austin area. Rent online at enterprise.com and enter rental code: L65SXSW (PIN: SXS) or by phone (800-261- 7331). (Discount valid for rentals with Enterprise or its sister company National rentals).

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Car2Go

car2go is carsharing wherever you want, whenever you need, without the costs or hassles of owning a car. At only $0.41 per minute and without parking charges, fuel costs, or annual fees, your only question should be “Where to next?” If you already have a car2go account, you’re ready to go. If you don’t we recommend setting up your account before arriving in Austin.

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Traditional Taxi Service

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:

Yellow Cab Austin – (512) 452-9999 or book through the zTrip App
Lone Star Cab – (512) 836-4900
Austin Cab Company – (512) 478-2222
Austin Taxi Co-op – (512) 333-5555

Housing & Registration

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