JournalCon 2003

Transportation Information

Airfare

These fares were quoted on 4/9/03 using Orbitz except * using Travelocity. We encourage you to investigate directly with the airlines, as well as travel agencies and other discount sites.

Also, be sure to check out Southwest Airlines, which regularly offers discount and companion fares to Austin from all over the U.S. They do not list flights more than six months in advance, so check back in May for their rates.

CodeCityCost
ATL Atlanta $ 347-376
BWI Baltimore $ 355-377
BOS Boston $ 368-389
CHI Chicago $ 368-413
WAS DC $ 271-377
DFW Dallas $ 117-141
DEN Denver $ 216-241
DTT Detroit $ 403-509
HNL Honolulu $ 611-742
HOU Houston $ 110-206
LAS Las Vegas $ 260-287
LAX Los Angeles $ 315-380
MEM Memphis $ 330-364
MIA Miami $ 343-390
MSP Minneapolis $ 443-494
NYC New York $ 399-434
PHX Phoenix $ 231-275
SFO San Francisco $ 299-316
SEA Seattle $ 321-338
STL St. Louis $ 286-351
SYD * Sydney $ 2383-2548
YYZ * Toronto $ 510-517
YVR * Vancouver $ 516-558
LON * London $ 844-871
To and from the airport

Taxis are available outside baggage claim, and will run about $20 to or from the hotel. This is definitely the most comfortable and fastest option - and if you can plan to arrive/depart around the same time as other attendees and split the fare, it is a reasonable expense. Expect to spend about 20 minutes in transit from gate to door.

The Super Shuttle is about $10 per person one way. Near the Austin airport baggage claim there is a counter (look for the blue sign) where you can catch the next shuttle with no reservation needed, payable by cash or credit card. The hotel can arrange for the shuttle back at the end of your trip; you will need cash to pay the driver for that run. Expect to spend about 30 minutes in transit from gate to door.

The most affordable option is the 50-cent Airport Flyer, an Austin bus service. There is a downtown stop one block from the Omni. Expect to spend 45-60 minutes in transit from gate to door.

Ground transportation

There is an Amtrak station about five miles from the hotel. There is no nearby Austin bus stop, so transportation from the station to the hotel will have to be by taxi, and will run $5-10.

There is a Greyhound station about ten miles from the hotel. There are Austin bus stops at the station; alternately a cab will run about $10.

Getting around town

The conference hotel was selected for its walking proximity to the major downtown entertainment centers. There are loads of restaurants, shops and services within five blocks.

Additionally, Austin has a free downtown shuttle service called the Dillo, which can take you to the ultra-funky South Congress Avenue district, the ultra-swanky West Sixth Street district, or the famed Drag bordering the University of Texas.

Rental cars

If you are flying in and staying at the Omni, there won't be much need for a rental car. Still, here are the rental car companies with counters at the Austin airport. Check out the Hotel page for parking rates at the Omni. Free parking on the streets downtown is relatively easy to find during the day, compared to other cities, but will be more difficult in the evening. Surface pay lots are scattered around the hotel also.