Guide to Getting In and Out of the Austin Bergstrom Airport

Like the city itself, the Austin Bergstrom International Airport has been growing significantly in a short period of time. In fact, 2012 was the busiest year to date with more than 9.4 million travelers coming and going. With all that traffic you’ll want to know how to navigate through the Austin airport as easily as possible.

Austin Airport Layout

There are two levels to Austin Bergstrom Airport. The top level is where the terminals are located and this is where passengers that are flying out will need to be dropped off. The bottom level is where incoming passengers can pick up checked luggage and get picked up themselves.


Parallel to the airport is the parking garage, which is three stories high and home to the car rental companies on the top level. If you are renting a car, the rental company desk may be located in the bottom floor of the airport, or you may have to visit their kiosk on the top floor of the garage.

Beyond the garage there are six short-term and long-term uncovered parking lots.

Accessing the Airport

Guide to Getting In and Out of the Austin Bergstrom Airport

Presidential Boulevard, a multi-lane road, loops around from Highway 71 up to the front of the airport and back around again, essentially making a full circle. This is convenient for transportation companies, cabs and acquaintances that are picking people up, because parking in front of the bottom floor exits isn’t allowed.

Transportation Options To and From Austin Bergstrom

There are five main options for getting in and out of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

No matter what option you choose, keep in mind that certain times of year there will be increased traffic, which may make it more difficult to use some of the methods of transport listed above. Thanksgiving, Christmas and March, when SXSW is underway, are all high seasons when using a scheduled service like an airport shuttle or cab is your safest bet.

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