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As the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world, Austin has plenty to offer travelers on a budget. The downtown area is packed full of inexpensive bars and eateries, and evening entertainment in the many theaters and live music venues also comes with a reasonable price tag. Texan hospitality will ensure even the smallest of budgets are catered for in Austin—it’s a city that really does offer you more bang for your buck.

Things to see in Austin



Cast your eye across the stunning city vistas as you stroll across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Here, you’ll also find the world’s largest urban bat colony. You can get a great view of these amazing creatures from the bridge, or for a closer look, take one of the many boat trips along Lady Bird Lake, which pass underneath the bridge. Enjoy the open spaces of Zilker Park, an expansive recreational space within the city, which dates back to the Great Depression. Wander along the many walking trails, or for a speedier trip, hire a bike and cycle instead. Stop for a while and enjoy a picnic al fresco—inexpensive ways to spend a pleasant afternoon. If you’re a natural history fan, the Texas Memorial Museum is located on the University of Texas’s campus. Another of Austin’s museums, the Elisabet Ney Museum, is housed in the sculptor’s former house and documents her life and works.

Cheap hotels in Austin



Travelers on a budget can find plenty of hostels and cheap hotels in Austin, most of which can be found in the Downtown neighborhood. Modern hostels in Austin often have quirky design features and come with all the usual mod cons. Austin’s budget hotels tend to have more modest interiors but retain a comfortable atmosphere. The closer you are to the Downtown area, the cheaper your low-cost accommodation in Austin will be. One thing to keep in mind is Austin’s annual events—including the SXSW festival and the ACL festival—which usually mean a temporary price hike, so time your visit carefully!

Where to stay in Austin



Downtown is the go-to area for budget hotels and hostels in Austin. The central location will also put you in easy reach of many of Austin’s sights and attractions, keeping travel costs to a minimum. Another option for visitors on smaller budgets is self-catering accommodation. Most of this is located around the picturesque Lady Bird Lake—the perfect location if you want to stay away from the hubbub of Downtown while remaining in a central location. The Hyde Park area of Austin is home to a wide range of budget B&Bs offering great value for money.

How to get to Austin



Austin is serviced by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Most major airlines operate daily flights, making it the main way any international and domestic travelers get to the city. The most Austin is serviced by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Most major airlines operate daily flights, bringing both international and domestic traveler to city. The most popular choice for getting from the airport to the city is to hire a car—you’ll find plenty of car rental companies at the airport to help you. The Capitol Metro is the city’s public transport system and is made up of a network of buses and trains. If you’re not flying to Austin, Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses offer cheap travel from other States.popular choice for getting from the airport to the city is to hire a car - you’ll find plenty of rental companies at the airport to help you. The Capitol Metro is the city’s public transport system and is made up by a large network of buses and trains. For those not flying to Austin, Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses offer cheap travel for those coming from other States.

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