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.

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2021 Event Information


SXSW is launching SXSW Online as part of our 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Travel to Austin


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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.

MeetingsComplete, the Preferred Airfare Provider for SXSW, is a user-friendly online airfare booking engine for domestic and international flights to help you plan your trip to Austin. As a full service travel agency, MeetingsComplete creates a tremendous airfare experience for people attending SXSW. The process to purchase flights is extremely simple with travel agents standing by if help is needed.

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 alternatives to flying.

Traveling from within Texas? Hitch is the most affordable, comfortable, and flexible way to travel between cities. Currently servicing rides between Dallas and Austin, Houston and Austin, and San Antonio and Austin. Rides start at just $25. Take a deeper dive into what Hitch has to offer, including a first ride free promo code here.

International Travel


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 travel information for you.

Flight Information

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport now offers non-stop service to London Heathrow, Mexico City, Frankfurt Germany, and Cancun.

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.

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]”


Contact our International Representatives:

Una Johnston
Phone/Fax: +353 505 36039 (Ireland), +44 20 7183 0259 (UK)

Mirko Whitfield


Sunny Kim
Phone: 82 2 546 6836

Tracy Mann
Phone: +1-917-498-1825

Arturo Vargas
Phone: +1-512-949-9335

Andrew Watt
Phone: +61 419 110062

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