Here is some info that Polly Riddims, our Logistics Coordinator, gathered about transportation in Austin…
From the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), you’ll want to either grab a taxi (approx. $40 to $45 for the trip), rent a car, take the SuperShuttle (recommended), or take the Capital Metro (bus). The address of the Renaissance Austin hotel is 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, Texas. Tell the driver it’s in the Arboretum, and they’ll know where to go.
512-258-3826 or 1-800-BLUE-VAN or www.supershuttle.com
Take the SuperShuttle for a budget-friendly ride to and from the Austin airport and the Renaissance Austin hotel. Like at many airports, SuperShuttle provides you with a shared ride in a chauffeured van. It’s cheaper than a taxi, and more convenient than public transportation.
You do not need a reservation to take the SuperShuttle, but you can get a $2 discount if you reserve a round-trip SuperShuttle ride on at www.supershuttle.com using the NCDD group discount code “DYZJ5.” (The discount code is only available for roundtrip reservations made on the website, for travel between October 1st and October 6th.)
One-way shuttles from the airport to the hotel are $17 per person. Roundtrip tickets are $30, or $28 with the NCDD discount.
At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, follow signs to the SuperShuttle ticket counter, which is inside the airport just past baggage carousel 1. Purchase your ticket to the hotel with cash or credit card, or get instructions if you’ve already purchased your ticket online. You can schedule your return shuttle from the ticket counter or later by calling 512-258-3826 or 1-800-BLUE-VAN; 24-hour advance notice is recommended.
Expect to also pay a $2 fuel surcharge, and we encourage you to tip the driver a couple of dollars as well.
Capital Metro (bus)
If your funds are super-tight, you can take the metro from the airport to the Arboretum Mall for just $1, but you will need to transfer buses and the trip takes about 90 minutes. The Capital Metro website is www.capmetro.org and you’ll need to check the bus schedule there. You may also want to use the bus system during the conference to explore downtown Austin. They have a nice trip planner tool to help you figure out which buses to take to get to where you’re going (enter “Arboretum” rather than the hotel’s address.
In case there are no taxis waiting at the hotel, or you find yourself downtown with no transportation back to the hotel, here are some numbers and websites for local cab companies… And just so you know, a taxi ride to the hotel from the Austin airport (and vice versa) is about $40 to $45. We’ll make sure there’s a place near the registration/info table where you can schedule and coordinate taxi ride shares back to the hotel.
American Yellow Checker Cab
512-452-9999 or 800-874-0278
Lone Star Cab Co.