Austin's Transportation Options
Good news. As of May 2017, Uber and Lyft have returned to Austin.
City of Austin public transportation options
Austin’s Public Bus Service CapMetro: Must have exact change or purchase pass.
MetroBus: Adult local one-way bus fare is one dollar, but the fare can change depending on the service and passenger type. A day pass, good for 24 hours on local bus service, is $2.50. The fare box on the bus is easy to use, with slots for bills, coins, and passes. Tell the driver if you need a day pass before you insert your money. Unfortunately the fare boxes require exact change.
MetroRapid: Catch a ride on MetroRapid! With 43 stations located along Route 801 and 34 stations along Route 803, MetroRapid can take you to any number of popular destinations along North Lamar and South Congress or Burnet and South Lamar.
MetroRail: Nine stations are located along the 32-mile line, and all trains stop at each station. You can get your ticket or value pass ahead of time - which we recommend - or buy it at the train station. Fares may be purchased in advance online, on the CapMetro App, at the Transit Store, or at retail outlets all around town. Be sure to validate your pre-purchased fare at a station validator on the train platform before you board! Tickets and passes purchased from the ticket vending machine at the train stations are already validated.
Alternative transportation options
Car2Go: Has a fleet of cars all over the city that you can rent by the minute - just take it, drive it, park it. – requires member card, can reserve in advance. Use an app or their website to find a car close to you, press your access card against the card reader on the windshield to unlock it, then get in and go. Current rates are $35 to sign up and 38¢ per minute (max $14/hr or $73/day), plus tax.
Drivers are fully licensed by the City of Austin. Rates vary – be sure to ask your driver about the price per rider or per trip before hopping in.
Austin Pedicab: 512-665-2454 - 3PM to Midnight or 512-584-9233 - 10AM to 9PM
Capital Pedicabs: 512-448-2227
DirtNail Pedicab: 512-844-4444
Easy Rider Pedicab: 512-436-3286
Metrocycle Pedicabs: 512-825-1276
Red Devil Rides: 866-366-9666
Roadkill Pedicab: 512-300-3784
American Yellow Checker Cab: 512-452-9999
Austin Cab: 512-478-2222
Lonestar Cab Austin: 512-836-4900
Austin's BCycle Program: Check out a bike from any of several stations around town, and return it to any other station. 24 hour pass = $8.00; 3 day pass = $15.00 – 30 minute rides at a time.
Rocket Electric: Rent an electric bicycle for your commute. You can pedal as little or as much as you’d like - electric bikes can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge and go as fast as 20 mph. Fee ranges $58.00 - $88.00 per day. Also offers tours. 1608 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 512-442-2453.
Barton Springs Bike Rentals: $8.00-$9.00 per hour or $15.50 - $43.50 per day subject to overnight fee. Barton Springs Bike Rental is proud to be Austin’s only bike rental to offer a round-trip shuttle service (w/in 3 mile radius) for passengers or bikes. Beyond that for a fee of $20 we will drop and pickup a maximum of 4 four bikes, or passengers. For groups of five or more bikes, or passengers, the fee is increased to $40. 1707 Barton Springs Rd, ATX 78704 512-480-0200.
Spokefly: Peer-to-peer bike rental system –rent directly from owners, rent directly to riders. Find nearby bikes with their mobile app – $45 max per day - $0.15 per minute.
For your information: Austin streets often suddenly change names as you're traveling along them. Watch out for these:
Speedway becomes Congress south of MLK, and then S. Congress south of the river
Guadalupe becomes S. 1st south of the river
Mopac is also called Loop 1
Most streets downtown are one-way, except Congress. In downtown, even-numbered streets are Westbound only (e.g., 6th St.), and odd-numbered streets are Eastbound only (e.g., 5th). Guadalupe is two-way for most of its length, except for downtown between MLK and Cesar Chavez, where it's Southbound only. (If you're going north through the downtown area, take Lavaca, which runs parallel and immediately to the East of Guadalupe).