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Explore Austin with a rental car

The capital of Texas, Austin is a friendly but bustling city with an alternative edge that sets it apart from much of the rest of the Lone Star state. It has also earned a reputation as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, boasting a fantastic entertainment scene that’s enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Austin offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, with a sizable greenbelt area and the popular Lady Bird Lake very close to the CBD. 

Car rental locations at Austin Bergstrom Airport 

Car rental locations at Austin Bergstrom Airport ental suppliers servicing Austin Airport (AUS) have counters on level 1 of the Rental Car Facility. Customers can walk from the Barbara Jordan Terminal via marked pedestrian crosswalks through the garage to the facility.

Everything you need to know for your Austin Airport rental car experience 

Airport guide 

Officially named Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ASU), the airport has one main terminal (the Barbara Jordan Terminal) and a small secondary one called the South Terminal used by low-cost carriers. There are two runways and three helipads. 

Inside the terminals of Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport, passengers and visitors will find plenty of places to shop, eat, and dine as they wait. Award-winning artwork is displayed throughout, and there is often live music at venues in the main terminal. Up to 4 hours of free WiFi per device is available via Boingo. 

Austin Bergstrom Airport car rental can be accessed in the Rental Car Facility, which is clearly signposted from the terminals. Other ground transportation is available and the airport has a variety of parking options.

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Driving car rentals in Austin and beyond 

Stay safe while you’re driving in and around Austin with some knowledge of local road rules, conditions, and customs! A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to avoiding any incident during your tour. International visitors, in particular, should pay attention! 

  • Drive your Austin Bergstrom Airport car rental on the right-hand side of the road. In the USA, all traffic drives on the right and passes to the left. 

  • City traffic can be heavy at times. Always use your blinker, be courteous, merge like a zip, and avoid driving during peak commute hours if possible. 

  • You can use your car system GPS to help you with navigation.

  • In Texas, you must stop for a school bus when it has red alternating lights flashing. 

  • All distances are listed in miles, and speeds in miles per hour. Texas has the highest posted speed limit in the country at 85 mph. This is on Texas State Highway 130. Most highways outside city limits are set at 75 mph, while urban and residential roads generally have a limit of 25-30 mph. There is a lot of variation in speed limits, so always check the signs. 

  • Texas is big and usually hot. There are long stretches of roads with sparse civilization. Always bring spare water, food, and a method of communication on long journeys in case of a breakdown in a remote area.  

  • Driving with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08% is illegal in Texas.

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Road trip ideas for your Austin rental car 

A car rental from Austin can be the start of something wonderful—a memorable road trip in vast Texas and beyond! Several other big cities are nearby, and it’s just a few hours to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Head east from Austin to see Louisiana and the famous NOLA area, or west for the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona, and finally sunny California.  

If you’re hitting the highways proper and embarking on a long-distance trip with your rental car from Austin Airport, the USA’s your oyster. You could complete your car rental road trip in Dallas or Las Vegas. You can also drop off your vehicle in Memphis or Albuquerque. Whichever route you take, adventures will be around every corner.

Using your rental vehicle to explore closer to Austin? No worries—there’s plenty to see and do in the city and surrounding area! Here are a few ideas for an unforgettable visit.

Downtown Austin and the State Capitol 

Don’t miss seeing the iconic pink granite State Capitol. And while you’re there, find a parking spot for your car hire and wander Austin’s bustling and vibrant downtown streets. There’s something happening here day and night, and it’s where you’ll find a lot of the live music scene for which the city is known. 

Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool 

austin swimming poolPick up a car rental at Austin Airport and get a taste of the outdoors without leaving the city. Join many locals in enjoying Austin’s wonderful natural attractions. 352-acre Zilker Park includes art museums, sports fields, a botanical garden, and the wonderful Barton Springs Pool ideal for beating the Texas heat. 

Fredericksburg 

In this town less than two hours west of Austin you can discover some of the best scenery of the Texas Hill Country region and experience some of the German heritage of the area. A perfect spot for an overnight getaway, it is also close to the popular Enchanted Rock State Natural Area with its eye-catching natural pink dome. 

Hamilton Pool Preserve and Dripping Springs 

Less than an hour from central Austin is this beautiful waterhole grotto and the surrounding charming town. A dip in Hamilton Pool should be a must-do on your list—but be warned, you must make reservations before visiting, to prevent overcrowding of this very popular natural attraction. 

Georgetown 

This small city 50 minutes north of Austin is home to one of the most beautiful town squares in Texas, making it well worth the trip in your rental car from Austin. There are always events happening, including the “First Fridays in Downtown” community block parties each month. The nearby Inner Space Cavern is a fascinating spot, and there are guided tours of the cave available. 

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Austin Airport car rental: Frequently asked questions

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Which car rental companies are at Austin Airport? 

Make the most of your time by renting a vehicle to drive around the town. You can get a car rental at Austin Bergstrom Intl Airport from a huge range of suppliers like Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget, National, Fox, Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty. The rental counter of each company is on Level 1 of the Rental Car Facility, located in the garage across from the terminal near the baggage claim area. 

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How much does it cost to rent a car at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS Airport)? 

Ready to explore the top destinations in Texas in a car hire? You’ll find that rental rates will vary based on vehicle availability, travel dates, time of year, points of pick up drop-off. Austin Aiport rental cars usually cost around USD$50 per day for a compact car or as much as USD$350+ for a luxury rental vehicle. Refine search and use the filters built into our search platform to find the Aus car rental that suits your budget and needs.  

With GoSee, no need to grab discount code after discount code when browsing all other sites. Our website is the best way to find the perfect vehicle for your Austin trip, and even for all rental car locations worldwide!

Is it cheaper to rent a car online or at Austin Bergstrom International Airport? 

Generally, it is cheaper to pre-book your rental car online before arriving at the terminal. If you’re arriving in Austin by air, booking a car rental at Austin Bergstrom Airport will be the most convenient option, allowing you to pick up the vehicle as soon as you land.

However, you may also opt to get it from an off-airport budget location if you are coming from downtown. Some brands have car hire depots nearby providing free pick-up service/drop-off shuttle service.

The ideal way of getting a cheap car rental is to book it online early - around 3 to 6 months before your pick up/drop-off date. But if it’s not possible, our website helps you find great deals that are worth your money. All you need to do is just use the search widget above to find rental cars Austin Airport that suit your travel needs and schedule.

Where are the best places to park a rental car in Austin? 

Parking is available throughout Austin, both on-street and in parking garages and lots. The downtown area and central suburbs have mostly paid parking options, but you can find free parking for your Austin Airport rental car outside of those neighborhoods. 

What happens if I need to cancel my Austin, TX Airport (AUS-Airport) car reservation? 

Your rental car Austin Airport confirmation will include the terms and conditions of your booking, which will tell you how far in advance you should cancel to avoid any penalties or fees. Get in touch with our customer service team to cancel reservation. 

What is included in the rental rate?

When you are done with your car rental Austin airport selections, you will find everything itemized, from unlimited mileage to Collision Damage Waiver and 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. Also, a summary of the optional extras you have made is also displayed. All charges are listed here including credit card charges. No booking fees, no hidden charges!

Always read through your rental agreement before you proceed with your car rentals Austin Texas airport adventure. For further queries, just call our customer service hotline or the location phone number listed on your reservation confirmation.

Do rental car companies offer delivery?

Many Austin car rental suppliers offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within an allowable pick up distance from their car locations. Each listing shows any pick up service policies and whether or not vehicle delivery is an option for that particular company.

Can I return a car after hours at Austin Bergstrom Intl Airport?

Generally, your rental car can only be picked up and returned during the branch’s operating hours. But if after-hours returns can't be avoided, please lock the vehicle and put the keys inside the drop box located at the rental car return area, and park in the assigned return slot. If you have any special requests, you may contact your respective rental cars Austin TX airport provider for further assistance. You may also read the tips we put together here.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Austin?

Austin Airport car rental suppliers offer a wide variety of vehicles to choose from for your next family vacation. You can hire a car from this affordable range - Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar), Compact (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar), SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander or similar), Intermediate (Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar), or Large (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar). You may also prefer to get an Austin Airport rental car from these choices of premium/luxury cars (Holden SV6 or a sports car) and People Mover/Vans (Hyundai iMax / Kia Carnival or similar).

What do I need to bring when I collect my car at Austin Bergstrom International Airport?

When you come to collect car rental Austin Airport, you should bring with you the driver's license of each driver, the credit card in the name of the hirer, and a secondary identification like a passport.