Austin-Bergstrom International Airport serves a diverse travel community ranging from business passengers to leisure traveling families.
Here for a few hours? Check out gate 1. It's downstairs at the east end of the terminal. It's quiet, full of seats, and has many outlets for you to recharge your devices!
Get there early or linger on the way in and grab a bite of local only food and music. The chair massages are incredible and some of the best Austin t shirts you will find. They make great gifts!
Salt Lick is by gate 12. If you need a quick fix, the Salt Lick Taco Bar is by gate 10...yes, there's a brisket taco & breakfast versions before 10:30am. Does the trick if you don't get to Driftwood.
Check out Salt Lick near gate 13 for breakfast and lunch. You can also pick up a smoked brisket and take it with you. It is frozen and packaged for travel. Was perdect for my sales meeting.
You won't find many chain restaurants in this joint. Leave room for a scoop or two of Amy's Ice Cream. Mexican Vanilla with any topping or crunch in is a winner
Welcome to Austin! My favorites here at the airport are the live music stages, Salt Lick BBQ, and Amy's Ice Cream. Look to grab a seat in one of the power arm chair stations at various gates.
Salt luck BBQ. Live music at Asleep at the Wheel bar and acoustic live music at other spots occasionally. Amy's Ice cream for big & little kids.. Easy in &out. Reasonable valet and family valet..
Annie's will sell you a side if scrambled eggs, seasoned with delicious butter. Get some free salsa from them and have a tasty, carbless breakfast in the land if carbs that is airport breakfast.
If you're flying SWA, AA, frontier or JetBlue your terminal won't have a Starbucks but it will have an awesome local coffee shop called Austin Java. Check it out! Maudie's is also amazing tex mex!
Welcome to Austin! They have done a decent job of implementing Austin's "weird" vibe into this airport. Some days you'll find live music right in the concourse. I've never seen that anywhere else!
Take the Airport Flyer (100) to downtown for $1.00 (free for UT student/faculty w/pass). Pick-up is on lower level next to taxis. It will drop you off at 4th and Trinity (Austin Convention Center).
If you plan to fly out of ABIA on a Monday, add an extra half hour to 45 minutes to your one-hour-prioir arrival at check-in/security. Full extra hour if you're checking bags. Mondays are quite busy!
If you're as anti-Pepsi as I am, you're probably craving a Coca-Cola right about now. Head to Amy's Ice Cream across from Gate 12. They even have free refills! Also, they have Diet Dr. Pepper!
As an Austinite I love the city, but I wish this airport had more to offer. As a tourist city we should have a bigger airport with more diverse options and better facilities and parking lots.
Best kept secret in the airport : Waterloo Ice House breakfast tacos are amazing - and not just "for airport food" I'd put these up against any in town. Oh yeah - they're made fresh to order!
Welcome to Austin, music lovers and techies! If hunger finds you throughout the festival, look out for the KIND Jeep around Austin. We're giving out all-natural, non-GMO bars to keep your energy high!
Take 100 airport express $1 to downtown. Eat at my fave rest that is free of sxsw crowd: boiling pot (hands + mallet + crabs) & lucky puccia (food cart w/ cold beers & best italian sandwiches)
If you're looking for "Chicago-Style" pizza, be sure to hit up Mangia Pizza by Gate 12. If you're looking for "Chicago-Style" popcorn, I suggest that you catch the next flight to Chicago O'Hare...
The security lane in the west side, serving the gates in the high teens to 20's, has a premium passenger lane for gold status and first class that has a metal detector instead of naked X-ray scanner.
Cops sit at the end of the dropoff area at busy times (morning.) If you have an expired registration or inspection, you may get a tkt Or you can try to avoid by dropping off in the pickup area below.
There are no working outlets by any chairs once you leave the secure area. If your phone dies, plan on sitting on the ground by baggage claim charging your phone like some homeless, jetsetting vagrant
If you have a car2go membership, you can take the Parking Spot shuttle for free and pick up one of their car2go's to drive around Austin! Or drive one to the airport and leave it at the Parking Spot.
The security check is the most ridiculous that I have seen in the United States. The jokers wanted to scan my laptop again for heaven knows what! The line was 3 miles long and only 2 scanners!
Efficient and fast but lacks a unique character. But hey, as long as your flight is on time, all that extra pizzaz doesn't really matter. Includes a food court with decent food options.
FREE WiFi for 30 min: select Boing as the network, open your browser in any page and wait until the Boingo page show up. Last options is a free complimentary 30 min access. Enjoy!
Keep in mind that there are three security checkpoints. The two that you normally see, and one off to the far right. Use that one if you're leaving from a higher numbered gate.
If you’re unable to select the middle seat when booking your flight, do not book that flight. The flight is most likely oversold which could make for an unwanted adventure when take-off time comes.
The TSA security lines look like they're about an hour long wait (lines forming past the barricade ropes) on a Tuesday afternoon... so arrive early for your flights this holiday season
Regarding the local food options, its buyer beware. In some cases the only thing "local" is the name licensed from the local business, the food quality is not necessarily the same as you might expect
I didn't realize Salt Lick was the place to go for breakfast but those tacos are good! I got egg & pulled pork with some BBQ sauce. I wish I would have ordered 2!
Make sure you bring your own bag or have room in your carry in if you plan on buying anything in this stupid airport. It costs you 11 cents I you want a bag even if you are buying a present. Crap!!!!!
Get Ur BBQ on! Go to salt lick! If You just want to only eat meat, ask for 3oz brisket $4 (not on menu). Ask for fattier cut for the most yummy BBQ brisket ever!
No matter what airline your fly, make sure you're at the gate 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure. Doors close 10 minutes prior to departure. Airplanes don't wait for you, YOU wait for airplanes.
super long line for the taxi during #sxsw if you don't mind sharing you can try the airport super shuttle its $13.50+tip to downtown, took us 5 mins to hop on one
No free public wifi internet. Be careful about renting a car here it's one of those that has "consolidated facility fee". Get a SuperShuttle or bus to town and then rent at a city location.
Long flight home? Your best bet is The Salt Lick near gate 13 - not my favorite sauce but as good as airport food gets outside of Jet Blue's T5 in NYC. SXSW rules!
ABI's eco cred runs deep: the airport was converted from a former Air Force base, has solar panels that also provide shade for taxis & has reduced energy consumption to 2.5 kWh per passenger
Security tip: shoes on the conveyor first(so you can put them back on while you wait) , then laptop in a bin, then your laptop bag then carry on...keep it moving!
There is always live music in this airport! Make sure to grab some local beer & food before your flight. It's a small airport with a big personality. :)
You can get 30 min of free wifi in the terminal. It is slower, but useable! Just connect and it will take you to a boingo page. The free wifi is at the bottom of the pageb
Finally! Austin has Pre at security. If you qualify, keep your shoes and belt on, leave everything inside your luggage--computers, too--and walk through the metal detector. Just like the old days.
Travel is stressful. Would you know what to do if an adult suddenly collapsed? Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Visit
Heading downtown and not renting a car? Skip the cab and pick-up the CapMetro bus for $1 to the right of the cab line. Takes about as long and is much cheaper than taxis or shuttles.
If you're presenting in Austin keep this phrase in mind: Keep Austin Weird. They pride themselves on community and local businesses. Inject some local knowledge in your presentation.
If you are in Austin for the first time, check out the bars on 6th Street. They are great for checking out the local scene and catching hepatitis.
Take the Capital Metro Airport Flyer (100) for $1. Goes straight to downtown and UT. Slightly longer than a cab ride, but limited stops, so not by much. Runs about every 40 mins.
Route 100 Bus to the convention center is only a $1 but note they don't offer change. Thankfully its filled with kind folk who will lend you a buck if you're down and out :)
Get back to AUS from downtown in 20 mins for $1. Catch the Cap Metro airport flyer bus #100 on 7th. just east of Congress…conveniently neat the Driskill Hotel bar — handy during a 45min bus wait.