CapMetro Increases Service for SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas - CapMetro will again expand its service to accommodate the tens of thousands of people from around the world coming into Austin to attend the 2018 South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music Festival (SXSW), March 5-17.

In addition to its regular service,  CapMetro will offer the following extended hours and increased service during the festival:


MetroRapid will operate until 2:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Service will be extended to 12:30 a.m. on Sundays, and will also operate on a regular schedule until 12:30 a.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. A single ride on MetroRapid costs $1.25.


MetroRail service will be extended daily, with Saturday and Sunday service both starting earlier and ending later. On Saturdays, service runs from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., and on Sundays the first train leaves at 10:30 a.m. with service extended until midnight. A single ride on MetroRail costs $3.50.

Ticket vending machines (TVMs) at MetroRail stations do not accept credit or debit cards. Payment by cash, stored value cards or an electronic change card previously issued by a TVM is required at a ticket vending machine. Alternately, riders can use debit and credit cards to purchase passes on the  CapMetro App.

Late-Night Service

Night Owl buses will operate from midnight to 3 a.m., with more buses in service. A single ride on the Night Owl costs $1.25.

MetroAirport Service

MetroAirport Route 100 offers service to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and downtown every 30 minutes for $1.25. On Sunday, March 18, MetroAirport will run every 15 minutes throughout the day.


During the festival, Routes 4, 17, 21, 22, 100, 122 and 484 will be  detoured downtown. Detailed detour information can be found at, by accessing the QR codes at bus stops or by calling the  GO Line at 512-474-1200. 

Passes and On-the-Go Information

Riders can download the free  CapMetro App for trip planning, real-time departure information, schedules and buying passes. In addition, riders can receive next-departure times and trip directions by texting their  Bus Stop ID to 512-474-1211. Full route, schedule,  fare and  trip planning information can also be found at Complete festival transit service information, including special schedules, is available at

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Amy Peck, 512-369-7778,