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Flying into Austin Texas on any one of the 300 sunny days is bound to make you smile. Finding a cheap flight and hotel will make you smile even more. Budget hotels like the Comfort Suite Austin Airport, the Comfort Inn Hotel Austin, or the Hampton Inn Express are easy to find when you know how. Hipmunk searches thousands of flights and hotels with one search-one click.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure there sure is something for everyone. Whether you wear a ten gallon hat or not, your time spent in Austin will fill your hat to the brim with laughter.
Flying to Austin on a Budget?
As a major hub for over 92 destinations and 150 daily flights, and a direct flight to London on British Airways, Southwest has the lion's share of business carrying over 50% of the travelers in and out of Austin. In 2013 Austin Bergstrom International Airport serviced over 10 million passengers. Of those over 5 million were Southwest Airline passengers. American had just over 1 million passengers and the rest by 14 other major airlines.
Booking a cheap last-minute flight to Austin when it's not so steamy and the temperature drops will keep your wallet fat enough to enjoy music, art, and the ballet. The best way to find a deal is flexbility with your dates. Booking a flight during the week costs less. Flying in the early morning and late at night can save you a bundle too. Of course you should avoid prime times like school vacations and holidays.
When your Southwest flight arrives at the Austin International Airport, don't be surprised to see captivating art on the concourse, walkways, and even in baggage claim. Plus on Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm you will see and hear musical performers live onstage. A great reward for finding that cheap flight to Austin.
Choosing your Wheels to Get to Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin is only 5 miles from the airport. There's a variety of transportation to and from the airport to downtown. Stretch limos by the dozens, car services, corporate and personal transfers, charters, buses, and a taxi which will set you back about $28. In addition there are nine car rental companies waiting to bring you to the heart of downtown Austin.
Planning the Best Time to Travel to Austin
Spring and fall are the busiest times to travel to Austin, and the most expensive. The cheapest time to travel is from October to May- excluding March, which is when major festivals line the streets and business conferences take place.
Visiting Austin's Best
As the musical capital of the world there's plenty of live music to experience. If culture, history, and the arts fill your hat, try visiting Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Texas Memorial, the Austin Museum of Art, and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Visit Lady Bird Lake and Ziljker Park or go indoors and pick up a book at the Lyndon James Johnson Library.
If you like the outdoors there is plenty to do. Try your skill at stand up paddle boarding, go on a historical walking tour or experience an Austin City Limits Studio Tour. And by the way, Austin leads in film, TV, and commercial production.
Listening to Music and More in Austin
Austin as "the Music Capitol of the World" offers a countless number of festivals and their very own Austin City Limits Music Festival. You won't want to miss this one with over 250 live stage productions featuring every type of music you could think of- rock, new age, rap, jazz, blues, hip hop, and Latino. Austin’s worldly draw extends further than music however – with over 3,000 eclectic restaurants, world-renowned sporting events, and a plethora of outdoor activities, Austin is where the fun is.
Living in Austin-Are you Big Enough?
Austin thinks big. It's a big town with a big hat and big on hospitality. Jobs in tech manufacturing and business services are big in Austin. It's cheaper to live in Austin and land is cheap. Need more reasons to hang your hat? The taxes are low and there isn't a personal state tax either. There are few rules in Austin and 75% of adults who were born in Austin still live there. Big? Big.
So take off your ten gallon hat and pull out all the happy moments gallon by gallon, counting the amount of fun you had.