The defining feature of the Austin skyline is change. Blink and you'll miss another skyscraper appear, like the 56-story residential tower Austonian, the 44-floor 360 Condos and the architecturally stunning new Courthouse. Austonians joke that the city bird is the construction crane. But where the skyline meets the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake), buff locals hit the Hike and Bike Trail. Flat lake waters are ideal for the latest trend: stand-up paddling. Pedestrians dodge orange construction cones on city streets to get hot dogs at Frank and prime seafood and steak at Eddie V's. Ditch your car at the State Capitol, which welcomes visitors with free parking.
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Getting Around Austin
Private cars are the easiest way to move around Austin. CapMetro operates a bus (100-Airport Flyer Inbound) directly from the airport that costs $2.00 and takes about 30 minutes. Parking in downtown Austin is metered. Hours differ depending on the day of the week: Monday through Wednesday are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday are 8 a.m. to midnight; Saturday is 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday is free. Austin features a parking app (http://austintexas.gov/page/parking-spots-downtown) to help determine rates for specific areas in advance. Taxis are available throughout town with a $2.50 flag drop and $0.40 per additional 1/6 mile. Pedicabs pedal around downtown. Rates are negotiated individually with operators. Two bike rental companies are ready to get you pedaling Austin starting at $28.50 per day. (http://www.austinbiketoursandrentals.com/ and http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/) Capital Metro (CapMetro) operates the city's public transit system and generally operates between 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on weekdays; 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Saturday; 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. on Sunday. CapMetro's website offers extensive ride planning and mobile app options. (http://www.capmetro.org/planner/)
Nearby Airports
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport-ABI
Airport Taxis
  • $23
Things to Do and See Near Downtown