Traveling via plane is fun — jet-setting over beautiful blue waters or rolling hills, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.
The whole navigating the airport part? Less exciting, and sometimes pretty stressful. To help make your time at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking to details on the airport’s 100+ nonstop flights.
What to know
- TSA | The Austin airport’s website recommends arriving ~90 minutes before your flight to get through security during off-peak hours, roughlytwo-and-a-half hours early during peak hours (daily during 5-8 a.m., 11 a.m.–1 p.m., and 3:30-5:30 p.m.), and aboutthree hours early for international flights.
- Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, this map of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
- Food and drink | AUS really shines when it comes to its vast array of local food options. Case in point: Get some authentically-Austin breakfast tacos from Tacodeli — but beware the perpetually long line — before washing it down with a cuppa joe from Jo’s Coffee.
- Reminder | By May 3, 2023, all travelers over the age of 18 will need a REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US.
- Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.
Current airport updates
The Austin airport is currently undergoing a multi-year terminal expansion that will add three new gates, improve TSA checkpoints, and add a new baggage handling system in the Barbara Jordan Terminal. After completion, construction will begin on Midfield Concourse B to add 10+ new gates and an underground connection tunnel. The expansion is set to be completed in 2028, but don’t worry — it shouldn’t impact your arrival or departure in any way.
Parking, shuttles, and rideshare
Not everyone has a bestie who will drop everything to pick them up from their 3 a.m. landing. Parking pricing at AUS varies by lot — here’s the cost as listed:
- Short term parking | $5/hour, $27/day
- Red garage | $5/hour, $27/day
- Economy parking | $5/hour, $10/day
- Blue garage | $5/hour, $17/day
While each lot is walking distance from the terminal, the economy lot offers a free shuttle to take you directly to the right entrance. Click here for a full map of parking at AUS.
Hate the thought of driving yourself? Try out a shuttle, rideshare, or taxi service that will take you to and from the terminal. These services are suggested by the Austin Airport:
- Capital Metro | Bus | Route 20 will shuttle you from your nearest bus stop.
- Earth Ride | Rideshare service | Download the app to book your all-electric ride.
- ATX Co-Op | Taxi service | Call 512-333-5555 to book your taxi — there is a minimum departure fare of $20.
- Carter Transportation | Shuttle | Call 512-258-3826 to book your ride.
The rideshare pick-up location is located under the Consolidated Rental Car Facility and rideshare services can drop off passengers on the upper level.
AUS offers 160+ nonstop flights — with 70 domestic destinations and more than a dozen international choices. Here are five nonstop flights — and even more here — to consider for your next trip.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands | KLM Royal Dutch Airlines | Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- Charleston | Southwest Airlines | Daily
- Frankfurt, Germany | Lufthansa | Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Honolulu | Hawaiian Airlines | Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
- Mexico City, Mexico | Aeromexico | Daily
Pro tip: Remember that flight times and schedules will often change — you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.
Here are five gates with popular food and drink options, stores, and lounges nearby:
- Gate 1 | Nearby services: One of the airport’s best hidden gems — the Delta Sky Deck — is tucked in the international wing of the airport and open to all airport guests.
- Gate 10 | Nearby services: Guests near gate 10 sit front and center to the East Concourse Art Gallery, where many pieces are available for sale.
- Gate 19 | Nearby services: Guests at this gate are in the center of the action — nearby the largest food court and marketplace in the terminal — which houses The Saxon Pub, Jo’s Coffee, Amy’s Ice Creams, and Book People.
- Gate 24 | Nearby services: In addition to being right near Tacodeli, gate 24 puts passengers right across from Haymaker and two stages for live music.
- Gate 28 | Nearby services: Grab a quick snack from Annie’s Cafe & Bar or Thundercloud Subs before you hit up the nearby shops.
Click here to view a complete map.
Food + Drink
AUS is a hub of local eateries with dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops for fliers to dine before or between flights, like:
- Flyrite | Near gate 22 | Menu highlights: Don’t miss the chicken sandwiches — spicy or otherwise — mac and cheese, and biscuits.
- JuiceLand | Near gate 17 | Menu highlights: This longtime Austin staple is the perfect place to get vitamin-packed smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and fruit bowls.
- The Peached Tortilla | Near gate 17 | Menu highlights: This Asian fusion restaurant offers Banh Mi tacos, tempura onion rings, and vegetarian bowls.
- Second Bar + Kitchen | Near gate 16 | Menu highlights: If you’ve got the time for a sit-down meal, grab some upscale American fare and creative cocktails.
- Thurman’s | Near gate 21 | Menu highlights: This Austin airport-exclusive concept – brought to you by the minds behind Salt Lick BBQ – is our go-to for an old-fashioned burger.