Austin: Transportation

Approaching the City

Located eight miles from downtown, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers nonstop flights to 32 destinations, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Total passenger traffic exceeded 7.2 million in 2004, up eight percent from the previous year. The airport is served by seven airlines: Southwest, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, America West, and Frontier.

Drivers approach Austin via Interstate Highway 35, which runs north-south through the city and links it with Dallas and San Antonio, and Interstate Highway 10, running east-west along the southern edge of the city. Austin is also accessed via U.S. highways 79, 90, 183, and 290. Rail riders can board Amtrak's Texas Eagle line (from Chicago to San Antonio) or its Sunset Limited line (Orlando to Los Angeles).

Traveling in the City

Austin is bisected by interstate highways 10 and 35, and is also served by federal highways 79,90,183, and 290. Two other main roads, Loop 360 and Route 1, run north-south. The city is easy to explore by car and parking is plentiful. Visitors should note that only vehicles with special permits are allowed to drive through or park on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority provides the city's bus service. Each day, an average of 130,000 one-way passengers ride the system, which stops at more than 3,000 points throughout central Texas. The downtown area is served by the Armadillo Express trolleys known as 'Dillos, which offer free service to such places as the State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin. Students and visitors to the University of Texas campus enjoy their own shuttle bus system.