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NEWS

  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Travel - Getting Here

This page contains information about getting to San Antonio. Separate pages are available for getting around the downtown area and parking in San Antonio.


San Antonio Airport Information

There are over 100 flights daily to San Antonio and the airport is about eight miles from downtown San Antonio or a 15-minute taxi ride.

You can find San Antonio International Airport flight information, transit services provided, flight time and mileage on their website, or call (210) 207-3411 for more information.

How To Get To/From the Airport

  • Taxis and Car Services: As with most airports, taxis can be found just outside the terminals near baggage claim. Typical fare to the convention center or either Marriott hotel is $25-30.

    Towne Car San Antonio is a car service with a reasonable local reputation. They use Lincolns, which offers more comfort for larger fans, and the fares follow standard San Antonio taxicab rates.

  • Public Transport: The cheap option is VIA Metropolitan Transit bus #5, $1.20 / passenger to downtown (about 30 minutes) and $0.15 per transfer slip, leaving from the VIA stop halfway between Terminals A & B, and running from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every 30 or 60 minutes depending on the time of day. Once in downtown, you can either transfer to VIA's streetcar service (usually the Red Line #301 Circulator) or walk ~1-2 blocks to the Riverwalk area.

  • Airport Shuttle Reservations: GO Aiport Shuttle is the airport's authorized shared-ride shuttle service. The local San Antonio franchise for GO Airport Shuttle is operated by City Tours, Inc., and is the successor to the old San Antonio Trans Airport Express.

    Shuttles depart from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily to downtown hotels every 15 minutes. Passengers may purchase tickets at the airport's baggage claim area or make a reservation online for a small additional discount. Ticket rates are currently $19.25 (including fuel surcharge) for a single trip and $36.50 for a round trip ticket.

  • Complimentary Shuttle: Some hotels have complimentary shuttle service for their guests. However this is primarily for hotels in the airport area and does not include any of the three hotels being used by the convention.

Convention commentary: convention staff have had good experiences with the GO Shuttle but it is relatively expensive. For a single person the $19.25 fare is better value than a taxi, but for two or more people sharing, a taxi (typical fare $30 including tip) will be cheaper. The larger mini-vans can take up to six people.


San Antonio Driving Information

Major Highways Leading to San Antonio

  • Interstate 10 - To El Paso, Houston
  • Interstate 35 - To Laredo, Austin, Dallas
  • Interstate 37 - To Corpus Christi
  • Interstate 410 - Also called Loop 410
  • U.S. Highway 87
  • U.S. Highway 90
  • U.S. Highway 281
  • Texas 151 - To Westover Hills and Sea World

Drive Time to San Antonio

From Texas Cities:

Austin: 80 miles
Brownsville: 278 miles
Dallas: 273 miles
El Paso: 551 miles

Fort Worth: 267 miles
Houston: 197 miles

From U.S. Cities (hours)

Atlanta: 17
Boston: 30
Chicago: 20
Denver: 15
Kansas City: 18
Las Vegas: 22
Los Angeles: 23
Miami: 29
Minneapolis: 21
Nashville: 15
New Orleans: 9
New York: 30
Orlando: 26
Portland: 35
San Diego: 22
San Francisco: 28
Seattle: 36
St. Louis: 16
Washington, D.C.: 27
 

Driving Directions

Driving directions to the convention center from various locations are as follows. Naturally you may need to modify these depending on where you plan to park, but these should be a good starting point.

  • Driving from the Airport: Take Highway 281 South to the East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard exit. Exit on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and turn right on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to Alamo Street. Turn right on Alamo to Market Street. At Market Street turn right and proceed in front of the convention center. Just before the stoplight at Bowie Street, the Marina Parking Garage is on the left (past Marriott Riverwalk) and the Grand Hyatt Parking Garage is on the right. The convention center parking lot is on the left past Bowie Street.

  • Driving South from Dallas/Austin: Travel IH-35 South to San Antonio. IH-35 South intersects with IH-37 South to Corpus Christi. Take IH 37 South to the East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard exit. Exit on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and turn right on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to Alamo Street. Turn right on Alamo to Market Street. At Market Street turn right and proceed in front of the Convention Center. Just before the stoplight at Bowie Street, the Marina Parking Garage is on the left (past Marriott Riverwalk) and the Grand Hyatt Parking Garage is on the right. The convention center parking lot is on the left past Bowie Street.

  • Driving West from Houston: Travel IH 10 West to San Antonio. IH 10 West intersects with IH 37 North toward Johnson City. Take IH 37 North to the East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard exit. Exit on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and turn left on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard under the interstate to Alamo Street. Turn right on Alamo to Market Street. At Market Street turn right and proceed in front of the Convention Center. Just before the stoplight at Bowie Street, the Marina Parking Garage is on the left (past Marriott Riverwalk) and the Grand Hyatt Parking Garage is on the right. The convention center parking lot is on the left past Bowie Street.

  • Driving North from Corpus Christi:: Travel IH 37 North toward San Antonio to the East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard exit. Exit on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and turn left on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard under the interstate to Alamo Street. Turn right on Alamo to Market Street. At Market Street turn right and proceed in front of the Convention Center. Just before the stoplight at Bowie Street, the Marina Parking Garage is on the left (past Marriott Riverwalk) and the Grand Hyatt Parking Garage is on the right. The convention center parking lot is on the left past Bowie Street.

  • Driving East from El Paso:: Travel IH 10 East toward San Antonio. IH 10 East intersects with IH 35 South toward Laredo. Take IH 35 South to the East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard exit. Exit on East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, keep right for three-quarters of a circle and proceed under the interstate past six traffic signals to Alamo Street. Turn left on Alamo Street to Market Street. At Market Street turn right and proceed in front of the Convention Center. Just before the stoplight at Bowie Street, the Marina Parking Garage is on the left (past Marriott Riverwalk) and the Grand Hyatt Parking Garage is on the right. The convention center parking lot is on the left past Bowie Street.

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Megabus Information

Megabus bookings are available in Texas from 45 days before your travel date. The earlier you book, the cheaper the fare you will get. Megabus has a hub in Houston and might be a good option for people travelling within the state of Texas trying to get to San Antonio.

The Megabus stop for all arrivals and departures in San Antonio is located in the Broadway Parking Lot on the south corner of 4th St and Broadway St, approximately 0.7 miles North of the main convention site.


San Antonio Rail Information

Amtrak Texas Eagle

http://www.texaseagle.com/

Amtrak

www.amtrak.com

224 Hoefgen
San Antonio, TX 78205

210-223-3226
Fax: 210-527-9945
Individuals: 1-800-872-7245
Group Reservations: 1-800-872-1477 

The San Antonio Amtrak station is located on the eastern portion of Downtown San Antonio, right next to the AlamoDome. It's about half a mile from the Marriott Riverwalk and Marriott Rivercenter.

To get to the Marriott Rivercenter from the Amtrak Station by car

  • Head West on Hoefgen Avenue toward Gonzales Street (Alamodome will be behind you)
  • Take the left onto E. Commerce Street (You will have just passed Sunset Station on your right)
  • Drive straight ahead on Commerce Street. You will pass under the highway 281 overpass. Keep going straight.
  • After about a fifth of a mile, you will see a Denny's on your right. That Denny's is at the intersection of Commerce and Bowie.
  • You want to take a right onto Bowie Street. Immediately after taking the right onto Bowie, get into the left hand turn lane. Then take the first left you can, and you are at the Marriott Rivercenter.

To get to the Marriott Rivercenter from the Amtrak Station by foot

  • Follow the same instructions as by car. It is easily walkable if the weather is good. It's roughly half a mile, no major inclines or declines. Be careful about the highway underpass, since there are a lot of people rushing off of or onto the highway. Not recommended if you have a lot of luggage.

To get to the Marriott Rivercenter from the Amtrak Station by bus

  • Bus fare is $1.20. Exact change or passes only.
  • Head West on Hoefgen Avenue toward Gonzales Street (Alamodome will be behind you)
  • Take the left onto E. Commerce Street (You will have just passed Sunset Station on your right)
  • Walk about 150 yards to the bus stop (94549)
  • Take the 24, 25, or 28 bus to the Commerce/Bowie intersection
  • Then walk north on Bowie Street to the Marriott Rivercenter.

(Note: if the bus is headed downtown, it's a relatively easy ride. However, don't take the buses in front of the Alamodome, since they are usually not headed where you want to go in this case)

To get to Marriott Riverwalk from the Amtrak Station by car

  • Head West on Hoefgen Avenue toward Gonzales Street (Alamodome will be behind you)
  • Take the left onto E. Commerce Street (You will have just passed Sunset Station on your right)
  • Drive straight ahead on Commerce Street. You will pass under the highway 281 overpass. Keep going straight.
  • After about a third of a mile, get into the left hand lane.
  • You want to turn left toward Losoya Street. There is a modern art sculpture in the street where you will be turning. You will be making the left hand turn around it.
  • The next light is Market Street. Make a left onto E. Market. Drive for about a third of a mile down Market. The Marriott Riverwalk will be on your right.

To get to the Marriott Riverwalk from the Amtrak Station by foot

  • Head West on Hoefgen Avenue toward Gonzales Street (Alamodome will be behind you)
  • Take the left onto E. Commerce Street (You will have just passed Sunset Station on your right)
  • Walk straight ahead on Commerce Street. You will pass under the highway 281 overpass. Keep going straight.
  • After about a fifth of a mile, you will see a Denny's on your right. That Denny's is at the intersection of Commerce and Bowie.
  • Go south on Bowie Street toward E. Market Street
  • Cross E. Market Street, then turn right and walk ahead
  • The Marriott Riverwalk is on your left.

To get to the Marriott Riverwalk from the Amtrak Station by bus

  • Bus fare is $1.20. Exact change or passes only.
  • Head West on Hoefgen Avenue toward Gonzales Street (Alamodome will be behind you)
  • Take the left onto E. Commerce Street (You will have just passed Sunset Station on your right)
  • Walk about 150 yards to the bus stop (94549)
  • Take the 24, 25, or 28 bus to the Commerce/Bowie intersection
  • Then go south on Bowie Street toward E. Market Street. (you will be crossing Bowie)
  • Cross E. Market Street, then turn right and walk ahead
  • The Marriott Riverwalk is on your left.

Note: if the bus is headed downtown, it's a relatively easy ride. However, don't take the buses in front of the Alamodome, since they are usually not headed where you want to go in this case