Travel to Austin

Flying to Austin

British Airways runs direct flights from the UK to Austin. Otherwise, several airlines offer flights with a stopover, including American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta, United and US Airways. The most expensive times to travel are during the summer months, June until August, and in the month of December. Airfares are also expensive during events such as SXSW (mid-March) and ACL (the beginning of October).


Flight times

From London - 10 hours 10 minutes; New York - 4 hours; Los Angeles - 3 hours; Toronto - 3 hours 15 minutes; Sydney - 19 hours. 

Travel by road


Due to its recent growth, Austin is known for having substantial traffic. Construction is not uncommon on the highways or city roads. Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road and the minimum age for driving is 16 years of age for visitors from another state or country (drivers who live in Texas face certain restrictions up to the age of 18). The city speed limits range from 40kph (25mph) in some built-up areas to 137kph (85mph) on the toll road between San Antonio and Austin. A national driving licence should suffice, but it's a good idea to obtain an International Driving Permit if your licence isn't in English. You must carry insurance papers at all times. 

The main motoring organisation in the USA is AAA (tel: +1 800 765 0766; You can check current road conditions via the Texas Department of Transportation (tel: +1 800 452 9292; 

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).


Interregional Highway 35 runs north to south through the city, as does Mopac Expressway 1. From Houston, take Texas State Highway 71 into Austin, while from Dallas, the I-35 leads into Austin.

Driving times:

From Dallas - 3 hours; Houston – 2 hours 30 minutes; New York City - 26 hours; Chicago - 17 hours; Los Angeles - 20 hours.


Greyhound Bus (tel: +1 800 231 2222; and Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; both operate in and outside of Austin. With Greyhound, you can travel to and from most major cities in America, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, DC. With Megabus, you can only travel between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Travel by rail


Austin’s Amtrak station is located at 3rd and Baylor in the Downtown area. It is possible to take the train to most major US cities from Austin, but due to the infrequency of rail travel, it can take several days to reach destinations such as New York City or Los Angeles.


Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; runs passenger rail services in the USA. Austin is a stop on the Texas Eagle service, which runs daily from Chicago to San Antonio, continuing to Los Angeles three times a week.

Journey times:

From Los Angeles - 33 hours 30 minutes; Chicago - 28 hours 45 minutes.

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