What's the best way to get around Austin, and should I rent a car?

Rental cars can be convenient if you plan to travel outside the downtown area, but traffic congestion will be significant and parking can be difficult to find. Visit the Getting Around page for alternatives.

Most of our hotels are just a quick trip to the Austin Convention Center and SXSW works with a variety of services to provide a comprehensive selection of transportation options. These options are available to help you design your commute to SXSW events within your individual budget and needs.

Once you are downtown, most everything is within walking, pedicab or shuttle distance. Parking is at a premium in downtown Austin during SXSW. 

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