Domestic and International Travel

SXSW Housing & Travel is here to help you get to and from SXSW with ease. From powerful flight and car rental search engines to U.S. VISA information, we have everything you need to book your travel, so you can focus on planning your SXSW itinerary.

Stay tuned as more information is updated later in the 2019 season.

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Travel to Austin


Austin is the capital city of the State of Texas. Located in the very heart of Texas, it is easily accessible by highway from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and other major cities across the state and the nation.

Use the SXSW Travel search engine to search the web for the best fares and itineraries to Austin from your home city. Just 8 miles from Austin’s city center, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) offers flights daily including non-stops from 50 cities and one-stop connections to hundreds more.

ABIA is a modern and efficient facility with very good service to all parts of the United States and connection service to the rest of the world. More than a dozen airlines fly to ABIA daily. Airport transportation is available by taxi, charter and public transportation, including CapMetro’s Airport Flyer.

Don’t care to fly? Amtrak provides train service to Austin via the Texas Eagle. MegaBus and Greyhound are also an alternative to flying.

International Travel


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers non-stop service to London Heathrow, Mexico City, Frankfurt Germany, and Cancun. Each year, thousands of people travel to SXSW from outside the United States. We know international travel can be tricky, so we’ve gathered some information and links for you.

Flight Information:

Several carriers have domestic flights directly into Austin, but most international travelers will need to catch a connecting flight from the larger hubs around the US. For flights from the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand see the below agents who can work to find you the best rates and travel options.

Transatlantic Air Travel:
The Tour Company, our recommended travel vendor, offers great Transatlantic airfares from London with add-ons from other cities in the United Kingdom and Europe. Contact Louise Fisher by e-mail or phone +44 141 353 8800

Australia/New Zealand Air Travel:
Entertainment Travel Partners is SXSW’s preferred air travel provider from Australia and New Zealand. Contact Brad Thomas by e-mail or phone +61 2 9280 3767

VISA Information


Check out the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up to date information to apply for your U.S. VISA.

Individuals applying for a non-immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy will be required to submit an electronic application form, known as the DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application form.

The VISA Waiver Program (VWP)enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less, without first obtaining a visa, when they meet specific requirements. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. If you prefer to have a VISA in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) VISA.

For VISA Support Letters from SXSW please contact one of the following with the subject line
“VISA Support Letter for [Name of Panelist, Film or Band]:”

SXSW Interactive:
SXSW Music:
SXSW Film:

Have Questions? Contact our International Representatives:

Una Johnston
Postal Contact: #2 An Corrán, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Phone/Fax: +353 505 36039 (Ireland), +44 20 7183 0259 (UK)

Mirko Whitfield
Postal Contact: Blaihofstrasse 4, #10 Tuebingen-Pfrondorf 72074, Germany

Hiroshi Asada
Postal Contact: #406 2-3-21 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
Phone/Fax: +81-3-5292-5551

Phil Tripp
Postal Contact: 60 King ST, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia
Phone: +61 (41) 22 666 77

Tracy Mann

Postal Contact: 2214 Frederick Douglass Boulevard #389, New York, NY 10026
Phone: +1-917-498-1825

Arturo Vargas
Postal Contact: PO BOX 685289, Austin, TX 78768
Phone: +1-512-949-9335

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