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|Destination Airport||Austin-Bergstrom Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||AUS|
|Destination City Name||Austin|
Hip and happening Austin, the capital of Texas, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US. Famed for its festivals, food and arts scene, this friendly community really does have something for everyone.
Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Austin, when the weather is not too hot. The South By South West arts festival heralds the start of the tourist season in March, and the curtain comes down with the Austin City Limits Festival in October.
During high summer, from June to September, temperatures exceed 30°C but the city is still a popular place to visit. Austin’s mild climate and year-round calendar of events make winter a good time to visit as well, even if things slow down a little during the off-season.
Planning ahead and having some flexibility in your schedule are key when looking for cheap flights to Austin.
The only direct flights to Austin are from London, but using the ‘Nearby airports’ option below your departure points could unlock different connecting routes. And if you fancy a road-trip, Austin is within driving distance of Houston and Dallas.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities to Austin include:
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport opened in 1999 as the city’s main hub. It is five miles southeast of the city centre and handles around 14 million passengers a year, with plans for further expansion in the pipeline.
There are bars, restaurants and shops and a consolidated car rental facility outside the main terminal. In keeping with Austin’s musical reputation there is a stage in the terminal where local bands perform.
Airlines flying direct from the UK to Austin are:
Buses are available from the airport into town, and the city has a good bus network run by Capital Metro, with day passes available.
Taxis can be flagged down in some areas, but it is worth booking ahead.
Austin has plenty of parks with bike trails: much of the city can be navigated on two wheels. There are bike rental facilities around the town.
Hiring a car is also a good option. The city is easy to drive around and renting a car gives you the freedom to explore the surrounding area.
The pink granite Texas State Capitol is not to be missed. It stands 14 feet taller than the US Capitol in Washington, is set in lovely grounds and is open to the public.
Austin boasts wonderful parks and wildlife, but possibly its most unexpected natural attraction is a colony of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that live below the Congress Avenue Bridge. Join the crowds to watch them emerge at dusk.
The city has many wonderful museums. Be sure to visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum.
Even if you miss one of the major festivals, be sure to head out to enjoy some of the live music and comedy on offer every night in Austin. There are guided tours if you can’t decide where to go.
If you visit during the college football season, try to get tickets to see the Longhorns, the University of Texas at Austin’s team.