San Antonio’s airport is only 8.5 miles from the downtown business district — about a 15-minute drive — which is unusual for a major metropolitan area. This means that once you land at the airport, you’re just minutes from downtown or major resorts. If you have questions about how to get around, the Visitor Center is a good source of up-to-the-date information.
How To Get To/From the Airport
TAXI OR SHUTTLE: Pick up an airport shuttle or taxi just outside the terminals near baggage claim.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE RESERVATIONS: Book your airport shuttle in advance to take advantage of discounts. Click here to reserve your shuttle. If you don’t make reservations in advance follow the signs in the baggage claim area to purchase shuttle service tickets. For more information visit www.citytoursinc.com.
Where to Park Cars
DOWNTOWN: San Antonio’s urban core is very compact and you can walk to dozens of restaurants, top sights both on street and along the River Walk. If you stay in a downtown hotel, parking can be arranged through your hotel. Get more information about parking downtown.
Getting Around the City
TAXI: Two to six people can ride the taxi for the price of one. Approximate fares, not including tips, to the downtown business district from the airport range from $24 – $26; Northwest Area (near SeaWorld) $39-$41; Westin La Cantera Resort $33-$35. San Antonio offers multiple taxi services.
STREETCAR: Downtown travel is a breeze on the streetcar, an open air, authentic reproduction of a rail streetcar which traveled the streets of San Antonio more than 50 years ago. Four streetcar routes stop at top sights like the Alamo, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, La Villita, Sunset Station, the Southwest School of Art, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the King William Historic District and downtown shopping. The downtown streetcar station at Convention Plaza provides convenient access for travelers. Order a streetcar pass online or purchase one at the Visitor Center. When you get in town, pick up a streetcar brochure in your hotel lobby.
RIVER TAXI: The River Taxi stops at 39 locations along the River Walk. Purchase tickets online or from the operator. Look for the river cruiser with the black and yellow checkered flag.