Austin taxis are widely available and found around town as they are in other major U.S. cities. The most typical taxi service in Austin is provided by companies that have fleets of late model metered or fixed-rate sedans, minivans, and similar vehicles. You will find these located right outside the baggage claim area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport when you first arrive in the city on flights. The most common taxis are the standard yellow colored vehicle, although you will find other colors. It is important to ensure that you have a city licensed vehicle in order to avoid possible rip offs or unsafe vehicles. Look for the permit number and company name on the vehicle door and for permit stickers on windows. You will rarely find unofficial cabs, but there are some cruising the city, especially around the many bars and music clubs.
There is also Austin airport limousine service available from these same companies and other firms that specialize in deluxe luxury cars, usually black vehicles driven by uniformed chauffeurs. Austin limos generally cannot be accessed at the airport without an advance reservation. People who opt for Austin airport limousine service are most frequently business executives and those on luxury vacations staying at the finest hotels and resorts in the region. You almost always will have to make arrangements in advance for this kind of elite airport shuttle.
You can flag down taxis on the streets of Downtown Austin, especially in the Sixth Street Entertainment District, but you will generally find them more readily at designated stands found in certain areas. These are chiefly stands at luxury hotels, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Hyatt Regency, and around city landmarks such as the State Capitol. Standard taxis and Austin limos will come to pick you up almost anywhere in the region, whether you’re staying at hotels, private homes, or vacation rentals.
If you want an Austin airport limousine that you can drive yourself, your best option is to book car rentals. Many of the companies offer a line of luxury or prestige vehicles that include luxury sedans, SUVs, classic cars, and vintage limousines. These are excellent for special events such as weddings.
Other unique Austin limos are horse drawn carriages. These are found in some of the same places you will find Austin taxis in the downtown area—at luxury hotels and city attractions. You can flag them down on the streets around the main nightlife areas of Sixth Street and the Warehouse District. They are available as simple taxi rides from hotel to dining spot, or as tour vehicles. The busiest time for these is the dinner hour, so it pays to make an advance reservation if you plan on dining out in style during that time frame. Tours available on horse drawn carriages as well as standard Austin taxis include the many attractions in the downtown area, through the historic part of the University of Texas campus, around lovely green Lady Bird Lake and along the shores of Lake Austin. You can also book tours that arrive at the famous Bat Bridge on Congress Street in time for the dusk exodus of thousands of urban Mexican flat tailed bats heading out for their evening feeding.