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Getting Around San Antonio

Yellow taxi in front of Aztec Theater San Antonio Texas

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If you’re going to focus your visit on the top attractions, don’t bother with the hassle of driving. Stay downtown and you can walk almost everywhere, or catch a quick ride. One caveat if you plan to drive: Downtown is changing fast, with construction closing and opening different streets every day. Even the best apps don’t keep up with the constantly changing road closures, so be prepared for detours.


VIVA, a program of the local bus service, VIA, serves all the main attractions. It’s an easy-to-use and inexpensive way to explore the city at your own pace. An all-day pass costs $2.75. Buy tickets on the bus or with the goMobile app. VIA offers ADA-accessible buses and paratransit services.

Taxis/Ride sharing

With a total of some 1,100 taxis in San Antonio, cabs are readily available throughout the city. The biggest players, Yellow CabSan Antonio Taxis and Payless Taxi," allow riders to book through apps and online. Yellow Cab charges the same fares for wheelchair-accessible taxis as its standard cabs.

Cars from sharing services like Uber or Lyft are seemingly everywhere. Be careful of surge pricing at crowded Fiesta events. Fares vary according to demand, distance and type of car requested.

Bike sharing/rentals

San Antonio Bike Share offers more than 500 bicycles in downtown and along the Museum and Mission Reach portions of the River Walk through SWellCycle. Buy a pass, check out a bike at a self-serve station, and you’re good to go. To be sure, San Antonio is much more of an automobile city, but the most visitor-oriented portions of the city are bike friendly, especially the city’s river trails and downtown.

You can rent your own bike, too. At Pearl (formerly Pearl Brewery), Bike World offers easy access to the Museum Reach, adjacent neighborhoods and downtown. A little south of downtown, Blue Star Bicycling Co. offers bikes just steps from the river bike trail and the Mission Reach. End your ride with a cold one at the adjacent brewpub, the Blue Star Brewing Co.

River barges

The barges of Go Rio River Cruises, a wonderfully civilized way to get around, are available as river taxis from downtown to the Museum Reach. Buy your shuttle ticket on the boat or any of the Go Rio ticket booths along the downtown stretch of the River Walk.

Ways to save: VIVA buses offer discounts for those 62 and older from its customer service centers.


San Antonio is much more accessible than you might think. The sidewalks and curb cuts throughout downtown are mostly in good condition. The city has made great strides in improving its accessibility, especially along the River Walk. Seven access ramps descend from street level, and some 10 elevators throughout downtown lead to the River Walk. Two of the best elevators are near the Hyatt Regency and the Swig Martini Bar. Wheelchair users can now cross the river via an accessible bridge. Printable maps help guide River Walk visitors to elevators and ramps.

SeaWorld offers an accessibility guide to help guests with disabilities. Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers an Attraction Access Pass for disabled guests with a doctor’s note. San Antonio is also home to Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first amusement park designed primarily for special-needs guests, but those of all abilities can enjoy it.

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