The second-largest city in Texas is steeped in its Spanish and Mexican American heritage and still inspired by its glorious history. Visit the hallowed site of The Alamo, wander down the River Walk, or revel in the sights and sounds of one of San Antonio’s many festivals. Whatever you plan, you’ll be swept away by this city’s Texas-sized personality.
Flights to San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
This mid-sized airport is a comfortable and welcoming place to start your San Antonio adventure. Its two terminals are staffed by cowboy-hat wearing “Airport Ambassadors” who are ready to greet you with a warm Southern welcome and all the information you need, at no charge. All of the major American airlines offer regular flights to San Antonio International Airport, and around 8 million visitors pass through each year.
Ground transportation from SAT is covered by the usual mix of taxis, limos, shuttles and rental cars. If you’re on a very tight budget, VIA Bus Line 5 runs every half hour between Terminal B and downtown from the hours of approximately 5am to 10pm.
What to Do in San Antonio
Nearly 26 million people visit San Antonio each year, and the city prides itself on its Texas hospitality. The cradle of Texan liberty, the Alamo, is the main draw. Located right downtown, this mission-turned-museum is free and open to the public, giving a visceral introduction to the stand taken by Davy Crockett and other patriots in 1836.
San Antonio’s River Walk, one story below street level, offers hundreds of restaurants, bars, retail shops, art installations, and other opportunities to relax and refresh yourself. Get another perspective by lazily winding your way down the Paseo del Río on a barge tour. Don’t forget to sample San Antonio’s incredible Tex-Mex cuisine: it’s hard to beat a big brunch of huevos rancheros after a night out on the town.
Advice for Tourists Visiting San Antonio
The busiest time in San Antonio is high summer. Its huge historical significance and proximity to theme parks makes it a popular school-holiday destination. But the crowds and heat can be unbearable to anyone unused to high humidity and temperatures above 90 degrees. Try planning your trip between November and April. Temperatures range from the mid-60s to the mid-80s, and the season sees some of the city’s best festivals, such as the River Walk Mud Festival and Fiesta San Antonio.
Even in the off season, conventions can make booking hotel rooms a bit of a challenge. Try Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison tool to find great deals on accommodation. For freedom to roam a little further, our free car rental service is quick and easy.