Driving and Parking
There are several nearby lots to choose from, most of which cost $12 or less to park for the entire day. If you carpool, this very well may be your best option.
To view lots, go to www.parkme.com and type Austin convention center. You can see prices and parking lot availability. They also have an app so you can view this in real time.
Silicon Labs has graciously donated 80 free parking spots at their parking garages at 200 and 400 West Cesar Chavez. Tell the parking attendant you are attending DAC and you can park for free as long as the 80 spots have not been used up.
Train from North and Northwest Austin
For those on the north side of town, the train provides a convenient way to get downtown, and the “downtown” stop is just outside the convention center. If you get on the train from Kramer or closer, it’s only $1 for the ride ($2.75 from Leander, Lakeline, or Howard). Click here http://www.capmetro.org/schedulemap-rail.aspx for a schedule.
Bus from North and Northwest Austin
There are ten park and ride locations on the north and northwest side of town. You can find a map of these at http://www.capmetro.org/parkandride/ For example, you can catch the Pavilion Express 982 or N. US. 183 Express 983 along the park and ride locations on 183. They drop you off 4th and Guadalupe, ½ a mile away from the convention center. You can use Capital Metro’s online trip planner to get a customized plan.
Bus from Southwest Austin
The Oak Hill park and ride (on Hwy 71 near William Cannon) provides several bus routes to the convention center. The best is probably the Oak Hill Flyer 171 which can get you downtown in just 15 minutes, ½ mile away from the convention center. Download the schedule or you can use Capital Metro’s online trip planner to get a customized plan.
Bus from the Airport
The MetroAirport bus route offers service every 30 minutes to/from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and downtown, for just $1 per ride.
Car Sharing Service
Austin has a unique car sharing service called car2go. See https://www.car2go.com/en/austin/.