A great feature of visiting San Antonio is that the best of the city can be navigated on foot for free, although in summer months temperatures can get dangerously hot for pedestrians. Driving is not recommended as there are numerous one-way streets, congestion is common and there is insufficient public parking.
Visitors can also get around downtown in the charming streetcars, which are authentic reproductions of the same models that travelled these streets 50 years ago. There are three streetcar routes stopping at major tourist attractions, shopping districts, and the Convention Center downtown.
The VIA Metropolitan Transit operates the streetcars and also services the city with extensive bus routes, including a free sightseeing bus for tourists which covers most of the main attractions downtown, running from 6am to midnight, Tuesday to Thursday. Metered taxis are available in the city; ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Uber are also options.
San Antonio International Airport
The airport is located 10 miles (16km) from San Antonio city centre.
San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
LocationThe airport is located 10 miles (16km) from San Antonio city centre.
Getting to the city
VIA Metropolitan Transit Bus 5 connects the airport to the city. Buses run frequently between about 5.30am and 9.30pm. The journey takes about half an hour by bus. Shuttles, taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport.
TimeGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Car rental companies at the airport include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Taxis are available at the airport and usually don't need to be pre-booked.
Transfer between terminals
A covered walkway connects the terminals.
Airport facilities include ATMs, bars, restaurants, duty-free shopping and other shops, a shoeshine service, a lost and found, art exhibitions, a chapel, and emergency medical services.
Parking is available in the Green Lot and the Parking Garage at daily rates of $7 and $14 respectively. There is also a Cell Phone Lot for pick-ups and a Red Lot for overflow.
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