Car Rental San Antonio
Home of the Alamo and a stone’s throw from some of the state’s prettiest natural sites, San Antonio is one of the most popular vacation spots in Texas. There’s so much to see, so get driving and discover the wonders of San Antonio.
Discount Car Rental: San Antonio Agencies
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to choosing a rental car. San Antonio is served by most major companies, including Avis, Advantage Budget, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Firefly, Thrifty, and National, which all have locations near the San Antonio International Airport.
Renting a Car at San Antonio Airport
The car rental counters are located in Terminal A. During regular business hours you can catch a shuttle for your chosen company just outside the baggage claim that will bring you to the nearby rental car locations. After business hours, just use the courtesy phones inside the terminal to request shuttle pickup.
More Rental Car Locations for Convenience and Choice
There’s an Avis location downtown at 506 Bonham Street, which is near The Alamo and the Greyhound and Amtrak. Enterprise has a location on 808 S Saint Marys St. which gets good reviews for customer service, though it’s a smaller lot with a more limited selection of cars. They also offer a pick-up and drop-off service.
Driving in San Antonio
Traffic is always something of an issue in San Antonio, and certain special events can bring the city to a standstill: if the Spurs are playing, there’s no point in trying to get anywhere. As you might expect, rush hours are the worst, typically slowing movement to a crawl from 6:30-9:00 am, and 3:30-7:00 pm.
Some especially troublesome routes to avoid? I-35 Northbound Judson Rd./Exit 170 through Evans Rd./Exit 174 is a notorious bottleneck during rush hours, scoring high on “Worst Commute” lists. I-35 from 410 up to Schertz sees a lot of big rig traffic, which slows things down for everyone. You’ll also find especially tough chokepoints and congestion on Loop 410 from US 281 to I-35, Loop 1604 in the Northwest from Bandera to Culebra, and US 281 from 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway.
Parking in San Antonio
San Antonio offers some excellent information on parking, so you don’t have to trust fate to find you a great spot. Centro San Antonio has a great resource on parking downtown, including a downloadable PDF parking map, an online map of metered parking, and a listing of contacts for local parking providers. Parking prices are pretty competitive around the city, and change often, so it’s worth checking ahead. The city itself also offers parking maps and information on their website.
Beyond the Riverwalk: Exploring San Antonio by Car
The Alamo, the Riverwalk, and the King William Historic District are all treasures that deserve to be explored on foot, but once you’ve knocked those off the list, you’ll be glad to hop into an air-conditioned car to get from one end of this sprawling city to the next.
The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park covers 418 acres and preserves the majesty of four important and beautiful Spanish frontier missions: San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion.
Golfers will want to spend at least a day at the Brackenridge Golf Course, a gorgeous 100-year old course designed by the famous by renowned golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast.
Find a few thrills and bargains at Traders Village, a combination flea market and amusement park which regularly holds festivals and special events.