Getting Around in Austin

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Austin Bergrstrom International Airport is 6 miles (10km) southeast of the city center and there are a selection of buses, taxis, shuttles and car rentals to get you into town and back.

Capital Metro is the city's public bus network with a solid system of inexpensive neighborhood express and downtown routes. The latter known as 'Dillos (short for Armadillo Express) are free.

The Texas Steam Train Association runs several tours aboard the Hill Country Flyer steam train into and around Texas Hill Country. The train makes short half hour jaunts as well as a 30 mile (50km) circuit on weekends March through December.

Parking downtown is difficult; look for municipal parking garages as officers will ticket you in the blink of an eye. There are several cab companies on call if you'd prefer to avoid the driving hassle altogether.

Bikes not Bombs runs Austin's free Yellow Bike Program which repairs old bicycles paints them yellow and makes them available free for public use. When you see a yellow bike you can pick it up ride were you're going and leave it there for the next rider. There are about 150 yellow bikes at present and more to come. If you can't find a yellow one when you need it bicycles are available for rent in the city center.

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