SXSW season is finally here and hundreds of thousands of people will descend upon Austin, Texas for this 10-day extravaganza. With so many people in one place, transportation during SXSW can be a challenge.

With the street closures and heightened traffic that come with such a massive festival, we highly recommend exploring all your transportation options before deciding to drive. From shuttles to walking maps and mobile apps, there are plenty of options available to help you navigate Austin and enjoy all that SXSW has to offer. Here are the 7 best ways to use transportation during SXSW 2023.



Rent A Bike or Scooter

Not only is this an eco-friendly way to get around during SXSW, but it’s also a great way to explore the city and see everything it has to offer. Last year, Lime witnessed a whopping 200% increase in ridership during the festival compared to an average week at this time of year, making it crucial for the company to have a strategic plan in place.

To ensure that everyone can rely on e-scooters to get where they need to go during the most demanding week of the year, Lime and other e-scooter brands will deploy fleets strategically and rebalance them to meet the increased demand. Additionally, the company has invested in a fleet of sustainable, all-electric vans to make sure that all its operations are environmentally friendly.

Ride-Sharing Apps

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around during SXSW. They are easy to use, and you can typically get a ride within minutes. Plus, you can split the fare with friends to save some money.

Public Transportation

Austin has a robust public transportation system that includes buses and trains. During SXSW, there are often additional routes and extended hours to accommodate the influx of visitors. Consider purchasing a multi-day pass to save money.

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If you’re staying near the SXSW venues, walking can be a great option. It’s a good way to get some exercise and see the city up close. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Most venues are walkable and within a few minutes of each other. Austin blocks are just a one minute walk within the downtown area. If you need to give your feet a break, there are many other transportation options to choose from.



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Free Shuttles

Take advantage of special events: During SXSW, there are often special events that offer free shuttles and other types of transportation. SXSW offers a complimentary shuttle service for badge holders, that runs between the Austin Convention Center and the majority of SXSW venues. To catch the SXSW Shuttle, head outside the Convention Center and look for it on Trinity Street.


Pedicabs are a fun and unique way to get around during SXSW. These bicycle-powered rickshaws can take you anywhere you need to go, and they can be a great way to enjoy the Austin scenery while getting around.

Car Rentals

If you plan to venture outside of Austin during SXSW, a rental car can be a great option. You’ll have the freedom to explore the surrounding areas, and you won’t have to worry about getting around on crowded buses or trains.

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