SXSW 2015
SXSW Transportation Guide

Street closures, hot deals and more: Your guide to getting around Austin during SXSW

Street closures, hot deals and more: Getting around Austin during SXSW

SXSW Dirty Sixth Street crowd
Everything you need to know to get around town. Photo by H. Michael Karshis/ Flickr

SXSW kicks off on Friday, March 13 and along with bands, techies and film buffs, the festival brings major street closures and transportation changes. We gathered it all in one comprehensive guide to help you navigate (literally) town for the next 10 days. 

Transportation Network Companies
Lyft/Lyft Line — Currently Lyft is the only TNC allowed to operate to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, so if you're picking up a friend (or just getting the hell out of town), make sure you're in a mustache car. Lyft also recently announced the launch of Lyft Line, a service that allows users to "carpool" during SXSW. New users can use code SXSW2015 to earn $5 off their first 10 rides.

Uber/UberPOOL — Uber returns to SXSW for its fourth year. In addition to its normal service, the company is launching UberPOOL to pair Uber users together to save money (and the environment) by carpooling. The new service will appear automatically on your Uber app. Not an Uber user? Get $20 off your first ride when you sign up here.

Capital Metro
Capital Metro is offering special SXSW passes, good for unlimited rides on buses and trains. Pricing is as follows:

Platinum Transit Pass (good for 11 days) — $55.50
Interactive/Film Transit Pass (good for 7 days) — $27.50
Music Transit Pass (good for 7 days) — $27.50
Anytime Pass (good for 3 days) —$21.00 

Due to street closures (which are detailed below), the following buses will be rerouted: #4, #17, #21, #22, #100, #122 and #484 will travel along Fifth and Eighth streets.

Cabs
Yellow Cab Austin: 512-452-9999 or download the Hail a Cab app here.
Lone Star Cab: 512-836-4900
Austin Cab Company: 512-478-2222

Bicycles
Austin B-cycle
There's never been a better time to be an Austin B-cycle member. Stations are pretty much anywhere you want to go downtown, and the company has partnered with RideScout to make it even easier to get around town. Find a full list of stations here

SXCycles
From Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21, the SXcycles depot at 604 Driskill St. will hand out complimentary B-cycle day pass vouchers to SXSW badgeholders. Stop by daily from 10 am-8 pm to pick up a pass for unlimited rides (30 minutes and under) for 24 hours after activation. 

Pedicabs and walking
Always a great bet. If the pedicab driver in the Superman costume picks you up, tell him we say hi. Not sure where to find a pedicab? Check out the Austin Convention Center or any downtown hotel.

car2go
During SXSW, car2go will have three "dropzones" in the middle of the madness. Don't worry about parking, just drive to one of the dropzones, check in with car2go, and head on to the festival. Locations are: Trinity Street between Seventh and Eighth streets, Fourth Street at the Austin Convention Center, and Brazos Street at Cesar Chavez. 

Street closures
Street closures are subject to change, so stay updated through the official City of Austin website

East Sixth Street between Brazos Street and I-35 Frontage Road
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21. Please note that East Sixth Street will reopen weekdays from 6-10 am to accommodate rush hour traffic.

Sabine Street between East Fifth and East Seventh streets
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

Red River Street between East Fifth and East 10th streets
Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22 at 3 am. Please note, the intersection at Red River and East Sixth streets will be closed. All other intersections will be open, so be careful when crossing!

Neches Street between East Fifth and East Seventh streets
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

Trinity Street between East Fifth and East Seventh streets
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

Trinity Street between Cesar Chavez and East Fourth streets
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

San Jacinto Boulevard between East Fifth and East Seventh streets
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

East Second Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21. Local access and valet parking access will still be allowed.

East Third Street between Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21. Local access and valet parking access will still be allowed.

East Fifth Street between Trinity Street and Neches Street
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21. Please note, this will be a partial closure. One lane on the south side of East Fifth Street will be closed. 

Southbound I-35 exit ramp at Cesar Chavez Street
Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 21.

Riverside Drive between South First Street and Lee Barton Drive
Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21 at 3 am.

Stay updated on all street closures through the official City of Austin website here.