SXSW 2018

Cap Metro works for you during SXSW®

This year during South By Southwest,® let Capital Metro do the work while you get stuff done, meet great people, see some amazing shows or just enjoy yourself.

There's way too much going on during the festival for you to concern yourself with “How am I getting down there?,” “Where can I park?,” “Who's the designated driver?” and “Seriously though, where did I leave my car?” Leave all that to us by jumping on MetroRapid to South Congress or taking MetroRail downtown.

Cap Metro service will be extended during the weeks of SXSW® and can fit your schedule most every time. Here's what you need to know:

  • Austin goes all out for SXSW,® and Cap Metro does too. Monday, March 5 is the first day of SXSWedu® and the music festival ends at some point super early on the morning of Sunday, March 18. Throughout those two weeks, we'll offer extended hours and increased service to ensure that the city operates with great efficiency.

  • Your best tool for getting around during SXSW® is the  CapMetro App. Buy passes, plan your trip, look up schedules and maps, or get real-time information on when the next bus departs. It's got it all. You can buy a 7-Day Pass that will last throughout your time at the festival or Single Ride Passes that take you where you need to go right now.

    It's important to note that several of routes will be on detour during the festival. The best way to make sure you're taking the right bus is to use our Trip Planner, either online or with the CapMetro App.

  • Whether you're headed into or out of town, there's no need to spend a lot of cash on car services or taxis. The MetroAirport Flyer will take you all the way to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a buck and a quarter. Get from the Convention Center to the lower level of the airport in like half an hour for just $1.25. And, for those of you sticking around through the end of the music festival, we're doubling our service to ABIA on Sunday, March 18!

    • MetroRail trains will be packed! (Like, really, really crowded. For real.) MetroRail's a great way to get where you need to go during SXSW.® It really is. But, because it's so great, a lot of people will be riding. Just expect that. There's a chance you're gonna be staring pretty closely at the back of the next person's head.

      The good news is that we've prepared for it. We'll offer overflow buses most days (from 9 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.) that will carry you on your way if you get left behind because there's no room on the train.
    • When buying a MetroRail pass at the station, remember that our ticket vending machines (TVMs) do not accept credit or debit cards and require payment by cash, stored value cards or an electronic change card (ECC) previously issued by a TVM.
    • We're serious about safety, and you should be too. There's absolutely no reason to try to drive when you know you're gonna have a few drinks or if you already have. Take advantage of Cap Metro's Late-Night Services and let us do the driving for you.
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