240 - 380 USD
San Antonio, Texas has great weather year-round, but the best time to visit would be from November and into April. During this period, hotel rates are at their lowest, and there are fewer tourist crowds at local monuments and attractions. Also, when you visit in the winter and early spring months, you can enjoy the local festivals without competing with other tourists for space or waiting in long queues. During the winter season, the city boasts an average temperature of 71 – 62 degrees Fahrenheit, while March and April offer an average of low 70’s – mid-80’s.
When booking flights to San Antonio, you will easily find multiple domestic flights that include United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, and Volaris. Some international airlines fly into San Antonio as well, including Aeroméxico, Interjet, and Allegiant Air.
All domestic and international flights land at San Antonio International (SAT). There are taxis, shuttles, buses and rental cars available easily.
Taxis are ideal if you are traveling with 2 or more people so that you can share the costs of a taxi into the city center. Taxi services include Yellow Cab and River Taxi.
The airport shuttle service called Super Shuttle has kiosks throughout the terminals and near the baggage claim area that let you book your shuttle trip. If you book in advance, you get a discount. Some hotels offer a shuttle service from the airport to their location, but this must be booked with your hotel reservation.
City Bus Service
VIA Metropolitan Transit offers a bus from the airport via the Lower Roadway terminal. The bus stop is located on the far west end of Terminal B, and it is clearly marked with signs. Take VIA Bus Route 5, which operates daily and goes from the airport to downtown for $1.30 USD and takes approximately 30 minutes.
There are approved ride-share services that can take you from the airport to city center, including Uber, Lyft, and Get Me. Just install the app on your phone to book your trip.
Charter bus companies offer transportation to groups but must be pre-arranged. Common charter companies include Alamo City Charter and Tours, AAA Charter, and San Antonio City Tours.
If you plan on driving around in San Antonio, book your car rentals with momondo.
VIVA is the new service line provided by VIA Metropolitan, and it accesses most attractions and sites in San Antonio. 11 VIVA Culture visits the cultural attractions of the city, while 40 VIVA Missions goes to all the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Sites. 301 VIVA Centro connects from St. Paul Square to Centro Plaza. Use a daily bus pass for $2.75 USD per day, which offers unlimited rides. A week-long pass is $12 USD.
Bike Share Program
San Antonio’s B-Cycle is an automated bike share intended for short trips downtown. Rentals are 30 minutes long, and passes can be purchased for 24 hours and up to 7 days online. The 24-hour pass is $12 USD, and each additional 30-minute block is $2 USD.
Yellow Cab and River Taxi are available in the city center as well as the outskirts of town. Yellow Cab has a free app that allows you to book a cab from anywhere, while River Taxi is available along River Walk.
San Antonio is home to the Texas frontier history; therefore, you will find plenty of monuments and historical sites to visit while you are here. Some of the best places to see while in San Antonio include:
Walk along the river, rent a paddle boat, and dine at one of the many restaurants with waterside seating.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Here you will find the historic missions of San Antonio, including Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and Mission San Juan.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
The Zoo and Aquarium are located downtown and perfect for families visiting with young children. Instead of spending hundreds at SeaWorld, this location offers the best of the zoo and plenty of aquatic life.
Enjoy Free Sites
San Antonio offers plenty of free attractions including the Missions, La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, Brackenridge Park, and the San Antonio Central Library.
Take a Tour
There are numerous tours offered that take you through the city as well as the main historical sites. Some tours include The Alamo and Segway Tours.
Recommended Pre-Travel Reading
Before your visit, read up on San Antonio. Some excellent books include: “60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin,” “Day Trips from San Antonio, 2nd: Getaways Less than Two Hours Away,” and “147 Fun Things to do in San Antonio”.