Public Transportation

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During SXSW Capital Metro offers a variety of services to get you where you need to be. Below are some specifics to help you along the way. For more details regarding Capital Metro services and routes visit

Capital Metro Airport Bus Service – MetroAirport

During SXSW, Capital Metro will be enhancing frequency on the MetroAirport bus service, offering direct access to the downtown area from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. MetroAirport will not travel on Congress March 13-22 and will be detoured to Guadalupe/Lavaca Streets through downtown.

Capital Metro – MetroRail Extended Service

Capital Metro’s MetroRail runs along 32 miles from Leander to downtown Austin. Enjoy a special event MetroRail schedule March 13 - March 22, with service running later than usual: March 13 until 12:30 AM, Saturday March 14 until 2:30 AM, March 15 until 12 AM, March 16-17 until 10:30 PM, March 18-19 until 12:30 AM, March 20-21 until 2:30 AM and no service on Sunday, March 22. Regular fares apply. See full schedules posted at stations or visit for more information.

Capital Metro – Late Night Traveling Options

Staying out late? Catch a safe ride home ‘til 3 AM using Capital Metro’s Night Owl and E-Bus services. All Capital Metro service info is available at or by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200.

Capital Metro – MetroRapid Service

Riders have now more traveling options with MetroRapid Route 801 and 803, offering frequent service to downtown, free onboard Wi-Fi and upgraded stations with real-time arrival information. During SXSW, catch a ride March 13-19 until 12:30 AM,March 20-21 until 2:30 AM and March 22 until 10:30 AM.

Capital Metro – Mobile Ticketing App

Easily buy Capital Metro passes on-the-go during SXSW via the FREE CapMetro App. During SXSW, select “special offers” in the app to buy multi-day passes, good for unlimited bus and train rides. Available for purchase beginning March 1:

  • Platinum Transit Pass (good for 11 days) $55.50
  • Interactive/Film Transit Pass (good for 7 days) $27.50
  • Music Transit Pass (good for 7 days) $27.50
  • Anytime Pass (good for 3 days) $21.00

Capital Metro – Downtown Detours

Due to street closures, Capital Metro Routes #4, #17, #21, and #22 will be detoured through downtown and will travel along 5th and 8th Streets. Visit for more information.

Photo by Debbie Finley