My wife and I are heading to Austin TX in February as our escape from the harsh Canadian winter. We went last year and loved it, and this year are thinking about making a day trip to San Antonio. The only catch is, we don't drive, so we'd need some form of public transportation (or reasonably priced private transport) to get between the downtowns of the two cities.
The options I've found are:
1) Amtrak - doesn't look feasible due to the once-a-day departure times, and 3.5 hour transit time.
2) Greyhound - 1.5 hour travel time, $30 fare, convenient downtown San Antonio location, but the Austin terminal is a 15 min taxi/45 minute bus ride north of downtown.
3) The Bobcat Tram
- I found a post on Flickr
, of all places, describing how to take this from Austin to San Antonio. Sounds cheaper but more complicated than the Greyhound, and operates via a transfer in San Marcos, not direct between the two cities. Pickups are more convenient to downtown Austin but 30 minute bus ride away from downtown SA. Runs weekdays only which is not a problem.
So far Greyhound sounds like the best option, but I've had bad experiences with Greyhound in the past, especially in the US. Any recommendations for the best way to travel between the two cities? Things to watch out for (e.g. do the busses fill up and leave people behind on busy days?). Any travel options I've missed - cost is not a huge factor, so I'm open to reasonably priced private transport as well.
(Bonus Q: For San Antonio, we're mostly interested in seeing the Alamo, the Mercado, and the Riverwalk - is this reasonable for a day trip? Is there anything we'd be missing by not spending the night?)