SXSW is coming up–the one time of the year where downtown feels like the large city it truly is and most of us welcome the throngs of visitors with amazement and open arms. March 8 through 17 (the ten days that comprise SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, and SXSW Music) will bring 60,000 registrants to downtown Austin. Inevitably, traffic in Austin is greatly affected by road closures during this time–click here to download a map of anticipated SXSW 2013 street closures.
SXSW, City of Austin, CapMetro and many others have worked together to develop a wide array of information, resources and transportation services to help you get around to key locations throughout the festival with a central focus on The Austin Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Specific SXSW disciplines (Music, Film, Interactive) will have ongoing events taking place in or around the Convention Center, most of which will be easily accessible by foot, shuttle or bicycle.
Walking is the easiest and fastest way to get to most destinations (so wear your comfy shoes), but there are more ways to get around than hoofing across town. If walking isn’t your style, Capital Metro – citywide public transportation system – is inexpensive, reliable, and provides good coverage to most of the city. Use the online trip planner to find the fastest route from Point A to Point B. (Pro-Tip: The CapMetro #3 Route has stops near all Film Fest venues & Capital Metro’s #7 Route passes close to Auditorium Shores and hotels south of the river.) For local registrants and those staying at hotels in Northwest Austin, the MetroRail is another option to get downtown on weekdays and Saturdays during SXSW.
SXSW has information about shuttles to Interactive, Film, and Music here to help you jump around between venues. For a complete listing of rentals including bikes, limos, pedicab services and more, click here. There will also be an inexpensive “hotel shuttle” circulating to service official SXSW hotels outside the easily walkable downtown area during Film, Interactive and Music. See details here. And for assistance on the go, try Dadnab or RideScout.