Getting Around Austin

chcp-austin-campus_0Austin has an excellent public transport system that is provided by Capital Metro. Buses are the primary form of transport, although a commuter rail system is currently undergoing construction and is due to be completed in 2008. Bus services are highly efficient and extremely economical, with several services running for free.

Capital Metro provides public transportation throughout Austin, mainly by bus. But this is due to change, with the company currently building a commuter rail system that is expected to be completed by 2008. The system is being constructed on existing freight lines and will serve the areas of downtown Austin, East Austin, Northwest Austin and Leander.

The Austin Steam Train Association operates a number of tours aboard the Hill Country Flyer steam train, among other services. Short 30-minute trips are available as well as a 30-mile circuit of the countryside which is only available at weekends from March to December.

Capital Metro provides excellent bus services throughout the city that features more than 50 bus lines and very low fares. One-way adult tickets on Metro routes are very economical, though you’ll need exact change when paying for your ticket on board.

Capital Metro also operates several free trolley-style buses around the downtown area. These are known as ‘Dillos, short for ‘Armadillo Express’. ‘Dillos aren’t the only free transport in Austin, passengers of 65 years and older or those with mobility impairments are entitled to ride all fixed bus routes for free, upon presentation of a Capital Metro ID card. These cards are available for a few dollars from the Capital Metro Information Center, open on weekdays. Other passengers can save up to 50 percent by buying a ticket book from Capital Metro.

Night-time services are also provided by Capital Metro, with E-Bus and Night Owl services operating to and from the city’s entertainment districts, late into the night.