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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​


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

Bicycle options​


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.

Bicycle Sport Shop: Offering rentals and electric bicycles. 517 South Lamar Blvd., ATX 78704 512-477-3472.

Mellow Johnny's Rentals: Offering single day and multi-day rentals. 400 Nueces St., ATX 78701 512-473-0222.

University Cyclery: Offering rentals Front Suspension Hybrid Bike ($4 hours = $20; 24 hours = $30; 1 week = $100) 2901 N. Lamar Blvd., ATX 78705 512-474-6696.

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).

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