Travel - Getting Around

This page provides useful information about ways to get around San Antonio. For maps and movement around the actual convention site, see the facilities page.

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. The center is located across the street from the Alamo and is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting Around the City

  • Mass Transit: San Antonio's bus system has routes that cover over 1200 square miles. Use Google Transit to plan the trip, The customer service number is here.

  • 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.

  • Bicycle: San Antonio's bicycle culture is growing rapidly. As part of the international bikeshare movement, the city has installed kiosks at convenient spots around the downtown urban core. Rent or share a bike and hop on the nearly 40 miles of urban bike trails to explore the city.

  • Streetcar: Downtown travel is a breeze on the streetcar, an 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.

  • Sightseer Bus: (Bus 7) runs daily between the city's favorite sites. You can see them all for one price. Locations visited by the Sightseer Special include: River Walk Streetcar Station, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Alamo, San Antonio Museum of Art, Japanese Tea Garden, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio Zoo, Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word, Witte Museum and San Antonio Botanical Garden.

River Taxi - Why Walk When You Can Float?

The Rio River Taxi stops at 39 locations along the River Walk. The Rio Taxi has 2 circular routes, Red for the northern area of the River Walk and Yellow for Downtown. LoneStarCon 3 is located on the Yellow Taxi line which makes stops at the Marriott Riverwalk and the convention center. You can purchase a 3 day pass and use this convenient method of travel to get to restaurants along the river as well as back and forth to your hotel during your stay.

Tickets can be purchased online or from the operator. Look for the river cruiser with the black and yellow checkered flag. Keep in mind that the Rio Taxi resembles tour boats with the exception of the sign and flags. Ticket types are as follows.

  • Rio Taxi Yellow One Way: $5.00
  • Rio Taxi Yellow 24-Hour Day Pass*: $10.00
  • Rio Taxi Yellow Three Day Pass*: $25.00

*unlimited rides

Want to hail a taxi? The taxis pass every stop along the route. When you see the checkered flags on the back or the Rio Taxi sign on the front, just wave the boat over and buy your tickets on board (unless of course you already have a pass). Note that only cash is accepted on the boat.

Parking in San Antonio

Please see the parking page for full details on parking options in downtown San Antonio.

Ask an Amigo

While exploring downtown San Antonio, if you find yourself in need of directions or information, ask for help from an Ambassador Amigo.

They are easily spotted with their bright yellow shirts, straw hats and friendly smiles. They can assist with directions, first aid assistance, dining or activity suggestions and are "in-the-know" regarding events taking place.