Getting Around San Antonio
In San Antonio you'll find many transportation options
ranging from cars to carriages. The city also offers excellent bus
and trolley service (our recommended way to see the downtown area
without the headache of finding a parking place.)
Driving in San Antonio
Driving in San Antonio is a real challenge, especially
downtown thanks to the numerous one way streets. With some of the
oldest streets in the state, San Antonio doesn't follow a grid system,
but instead a meandering collection of streets that trace the river's
passage through the city.
Our suggestion? Park and walk. Pay parking lots are
sprinkled downtown; rates are sometimes by the day and sometimes
by the hour. Don't plan to just park "for a few minutes"
without paying; you will be towed.
Once you've parked, you'll find much of the downtown is easily accessible on foot. Strolling the River Walk is a real San Antonio pleasure; temperatures on the River Walk are several degrees below those found at street level. Walking the River Walk, you'll be able to reach the Alamo and many of the attractions found nearby.When it's time to branch out, trolley service aboard the VIA San Antonio streetcars link the main tourist sites.
If you'd like to park your car and ride the trolleys,
you'll find free parking at VIA's Ellis Alley Park and Ride east
of downtown at Chestnut and Ellis Alley. From the parking lot, you
can take the yellow or brown streetcar line to the downtown area.
The line you'll want to take will depend on your
destination. The lines intersect at several points in town so you
can transfer from one line to another.
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