Don’t Spend Your Holiday Sitting Behind the Wheel

When it comes to holiday travel, many will hop in the car without thinking twice for annual visits to family, friends and holiday fun in distant locations. This puts a lot of people on the road, causing congestion, frustration and unnecessary stress and begs the question: Why not make the holidays even better by leaving the driving to someone else? We spoke with Austinites to find convenient options available to get you from here to there.

 Megabus offers low cost rides to many cities across the county, includingstops in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Their double decker buses come with amenities such as electrical outlets and free internet. We caught up with a Megabus rider, Derek V., who raved about the service saying, “Every time I took Megabus, I got to my destination at least 20 minutes before the advertised time.” Movability asked Derek why he continues to use Megabus and he had this to say, “A native of Little Rock, Arkansas I can take the bus home for about $40 round trip and about $20 round trip to Dallas. The buses are extremely clean and all of the riders and employees have been pleasant and accommodating. Even if you have a car, it’s a great option for getting out of Austin for far less than you would pay in gas.“ Megabus also offers a mobile app (iphone & Android) that allows users to buy tickets, track buses and easily find the bus stop.

The Amtrak Texas Eagle offers rail service out of Austin to Dallas/Ft. Worth and continues Northeast through Arkansas and beyond. Heading Southwest Amtrak goes through San Antonio and out to El Paso. Just think how fun it would be to sip hot chocolate and listen to holiday music.

Greyhound also offers bus service to many cities throughout Texas and the U.S. This is the perfect option if you need to get to the smaller towns in between the major Texas cities. Greyhound recently rolled out their new bus fleet that looks beautiful and comfortable.

For UT students and faculty, there is a shuttle just for you. The UT Texas Express can deliver you to Dallas, San Antonio or Houston. The cost is in the range of $40-$50 depending on your location. When you compare that to the cost gas and the frustration of driving alone, it’s an easy choice.

There are also several options to find others going to your destination: Zimride, Ridester, Carpool World and Craigslist are all places to connect with others sharing rides in and out of Austin.

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