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    "Get Salt lick BBQ breakfast tacos and coffee before your flight!"(77 Tips)
    Leor S.
    "Salt lick bbq might be the best airport bbq ever"(24 Tips)
    Carl
    "Get the Pete's taco at Maudie's - excellent!"(23 Tips)
    Monty K.
    "Try the Saltlick breakfast taco and some Austin Java."(20 Tips)
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  • Jediah C.
    Jediah CumminsApril 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Here for a few hours? Check out gate 1. It's downstairs at the east end of the terminal. It's quiet, full of seats, and has many outlets for you to recharge your devices!
    Upvoted Sep 21
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Welcome to Austin! They have done a decent job of implementing Austin's "weird" vibe into this airport. Some days you'll find live music right in the concourse. I've never seen that anywhere else!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BallJune 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Finally! Austin has Pre at security. If you qualify, keep your shoes and belt on, leave everything inside your luggage--computers, too--and walk through the metal detector. Just like the old days.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Michael C.
    Michael CotéNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Annie's will sell you a side if scrambled eggs, seasoned with delicious butter. Get some free salsa from them and have a tasty, carbless breakfast in the land if carbs that is airport breakfast.
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle Hardy SchenkJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Take the Airport Flyer (100) to downtown for $1.00 (free for UT student/faculty w/pass). Pick-up is on lower level next to taxis. It will drop you off at 4th and Trinity (Austin Convention Center).
    Upvoted Sep 10
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Salt Lick Barbecue & Maudie's, West Terminal, Gate 12; Nuevo Leon & Waterloo Ice House, East Terminal, Gate 7; Saxon Pub, East Concourse, Gate 5. Read more
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangMarch 15, 2011
    Take 100 airport express $1 to downtown. Eat at my fave rest that is free of sxsw crowd: boiling pot (hands + mallet + crabs) & lucky puccia (food cart w/ cold beers & best italian sandwiches)
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Salt luck BBQ. Live music at Asleep at the Wheel bar and acoustic live music at other spots occasionally. Amy's Ice cream for big & little kids.. Easy in &out. Reasonable valet and family valet..
  • Drew M.
    Drew MattkeOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best kept secret in the airport : Waterloo Ice House breakfast tacos are amazing - and not just "for airport food" I'd put these up against any in town. Oh yeah - they're made fresh to order!
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoOctober 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have TSA PreCheck and are not checking bags this airport is a breeze to get in and out of. Great food options too. Also, the only USA airport I've come across with live music!
  • Cara
    CaraFebruary 9
    Been here 25+ times
    Austin Bergstrom makes flying fun. It's packed with local chain restaurants to welcome you and often has live music. It's also easy to navigate & rarely hard to get through security.
  • Carol B.
    Carol BrannomJuly 7, 2014
    Get TSA Pre-Check & go to the center of the airport to get through security.One straight line-don't have to remove anything. I breezed through there in less than a minute. This was around 10-10:30 am.
  • Danu A.
    Danu ApprovedMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're as anti-Pepsi as I am, you're probably craving a Coca-Cola right about now. Head to Amy's Ice Cream across from Gate 12. They even have free refills! Also, they have Diet Dr. Pepper!
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    Enjoy live music while eating some of the best BBQ from Salt Lick. If you have time, top it off with a delectable scoop from Amy's Ice Creams, renowned for their staff’s ice cream acrobatics. Read more
  • Adria R.
    Adria RichardsMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Salt Lick taco bar near gate 10 for delicious brisket and breakfast tacos them grab a Bloody Mary
  • Sofía A.
    Sofía AlumaNovember 19, 2014
    If you're flying SWA, AA, frontier or JetBlue your terminal won't have a Starbucks but it will have an awesome local coffee shop called Austin Java. Check it out! Maudie's is also amazing tex mex!
  • Travel Swagger
    Travel SwaggerOctober 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The lowest priced Chocolate / Caramel Praline Pecans are at the Austin Warehouse District shop between gates 5 and 6. 16 ounces for $17.
  • Ann Marie B.
    Ann Marie BJune 10, 2013
    There is always live music in this airport! Make sure to grab some local beer & food before your flight. It's a small airport with a big personality. :)
  • Ducklamp500 ..
    Ducklamp500 .July 24, 2015
    I didn't realize Salt Lick was the place to go for breakfast but those tacos are good! I got egg & pulled pork with some BBQ sauce. I wish I would have ordered 2!
  • Mary M.
    If you need to park - try to find the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Entrance is tricky with all of the construction, but worth it!
  • Corey P.
    Corey PudhorodskyJuly 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Sky Bar by Checkpoint 1 has the best beer selection in the whole airport. If you have time when picking someone up, check it out.
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangMarch 15, 2011
    Get Ur BBQ on! Go to salt lick! If You just want to only eat meat, ask for 3oz brisket $4 (not on menu). Ask for fattier cut for the most yummy BBQ brisket ever!
  • Elaziel
    ElazielJune 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As an Austinite I love the city, but I wish this airport had more to offer. As a tourist city we should have a bigger airport with more diverse options and better facilities and parking lots.
  • Jan F.
    Jan FreemanFebruary 11, 2016
    Absolutely wonderful airport. Always a good experience. Plenty of great food and drink while you wait. Great stores. Great atmosphere.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HospieJune 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Security tip: shoes on the conveyor first(so you can put them back on while you wait) , then laptop in a bin, then your laptop bag then carry on...keep it moving!
  • Marissa O.
    Marissa OlexaAugust 8, 2013
    You know you are at a nice airport when you can't decide where to eat! Great local choices and fun stores makes the whole airport experience much better.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LockhartFebruary 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the greatest airport ever. I almost never have delayed flights here, rarely have lines anywhere, and parking is easy. Love it.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NeumannOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Maudie's "Pete's" breakfast tacos are a great way to start your trip. A nice bit of cheesy, eggy, heat for 5am.
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GuardiolaJanuary 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pick up Saltlick BBQ no matter if your hungry or not or if you have time or not, it's worth it! The sauce is the magic btw ;)
  • Joe W.
    Joe WebbAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are in Austin for the first time, check out the bars on 6th Street. They are great for checking out the local scene and catching hepatitis.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BabetskiMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Heading downtown and not renting a car? Skip the cab and pick-up the CapMetro bus for $1 to the right of the cab line. Takes about as long and is much cheaper than taxis or shuttles.
  • Kate T.
    Kate TalbertAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This airport is one of the few with great prices on good food. Maudie's breakfast tacos 2 for $3.50, salt lick BBQ, and Amy's ice cream all in a row!
  • Casey D.
    Casey DuncanDecember 15, 2015
    Austin-Bergstrom has two runways, three helipads, and live music! That later is what makes this city cool and keeps Austin weird.
  • matthew
    matthewJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the toll road if you are going south. It hits right at the airport. It avoids all traffic through the heart of town and is worth the cost.
  • Carmine Gallo
    Carmine GalloSeptember 9, 2011
    If you're presenting in Austin keep this phrase in mind: Keep Austin Weird. They pride themselves on community and local businesses. Inject some local knowledge in your presentation.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakApril 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy in, easy out. Plus not just your 'generic' airport fare... love how many local restaurants are represented here! Plus super SouthWest friendly...
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SohnJuly 18, 2013
    A very big small airport. Lovely airport with good food and with rentals directly across the street from the one terminal.
  • Allison B.
    Allison BuchananFebruary 12, 2012
    Salt Lick taco stand just past security has a great pulled pork taco. Love that they feature local favs instead of std airport food!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron ClayDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Amy's Ice Creams has the most affordable bottle water and coke a cola fountain drinks in the entire airport. Oh yeah also amazing ice cream.
  • Hillary J.
    Hillary JessupJanuary 3, 2015
    If you are flying out of Austin, make a reservation for parking at a near by hotel. It's cheaper and the shuttle will take you to the airport.
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon BeesonMarch 24, 2014
    Few seats. If you are fortunate to grab one, stay put. Otherwise, excellent airport in a town full of excitement and good ju-ju.
  • Gianna ❤
    Gianna ❤September 10, 2011
    Leave the airport immediately. Head to Uchi for some amazing sushi, then hit up Six Lounge for great live music, good drinks, and a fun night out with friends!
  • Julie
    JulieApril 15, 2013
    If you're traveling with a pet there's a lovely pet relief area on bottom floor, make a right when exiting baggage claim. Poo bags and water provided!
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DeMarcoFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt luck is by far the best option for food. I had the pulled pork sandwich and the hubs has the sausage and brisket plate.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MclaughlinApril 8, 2014
    Schlotsky's, or whatever it is like that, is a GREAT deal for the price, even if it was not in the airport! Yummy too!
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great airport. Surprisingly small and welcoming for the Capital of Texas, but I always look forward flying into/out of there.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    Long flight home? Your best bet is The Salt Lick near gate 13 - not my favorite sauce but as good as airport food gets outside of Jet Blue's T5 in NYC. SXSW rules!
  • Trevor P.
    Trevor PearsonSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the breakfast tacos at ray benson's stand near gate 10. The chopped bacon is awesome in a taco. Plus $2 self serve coffee from Austin java.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get back to AUS from downtown in 20 mins for $1. Catch the Cap Metro airport flyer bus #100 on 7th. just east of Congress…conveniently neat the Driskill Hotel bar — handy during a 45min bus wait.
  • Peter L.
    Peter LangsamMay 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    TSA lost and found is the first door to the right of the JetBlue check in counter. Great for anything you lose while going thru security!
  • Carlee M.
    Carlee McConnellAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a car2go membership, you can take the Parking Spot shuttle for free and pick up one of their car2go's to drive around Austin! Or drive one to the airport and leave it at the Parking Spot.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMarch 3, 2016
    Pretty airport, salt lick tacos are good but expensive. Amys ice cream is great. Rental cars across the exit road
  • Sigalle B.
    Sigalle BarnessJanuary 21, 2014
    Get Salt lick BBQ breakfast tacos and coffee before your flight!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LindJune 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Security line to the far right beyond JetBlue is usually shorter than near American or Southwest. All gates are accessible from all checkpoints.
  • Sandra H.
    Sandra HongMarch 10, 2012
    Route 100 Bus to the convention center is only a $1 but note they don't offer change. Thankfully its filled with kind folk who will lend you a buck if you're down and out :)
  • baxter s.
    baxter sarahNovember 7, 2013
    There are no working outlets by any chairs once you leave the secure area. If your phone dies, plan on sitting on the ground by baggage claim charging your phone like some homeless, jetsetting vagrant
  • Tracy W.
    Tracy WalkerJuly 24, 2011
    Southwest's self-serve e-ticket booth is to the right, if there are lines. Very fast if your 100% carry on ready and only need your boarding pass.
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FraserMarch 17, 2012
    Go for Maude's Tex Mex breakfast burritos. $3.50 for two and they're delicious. Best priced food in the whole airport!
  • Rami I.
    Rami IsmailSeptember 30, 2016
    Small, fast, effective and with a personality. Hard to fly to from most places around the world, might be worth arriving at DFW and driving down if no good connections are available.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauMay 8, 2013
    Nice little airport with ample places to charge your devices, also has a Salt Lick in it if you need one last fix
  • Andre P.
    Andre PAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    FREE WiFi for 30 min: select Boing as the network, open your browser in any page and wait until the Boingo page show up. Last options is a free complimentary 30 min access. Enjoy!
  • Jimmena W.
    Jimmena WDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Simple layout. Austin food and art. Supposedly if you have time Warner cable internet service the WiFi is supposed to be free. Fast security lines. Some areas provide an estimated wait time.
  • Anirban C.
    Anirban CAugust 21, 2014
    The Salt Lick breakfast tacos with BBQ sauce don't completely erase the pain of an early morning flight, but they help. A lot.
  • Cruce S.
    Cruce SaundersJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The migas at Maudies near Gate 12 make an excellent breakfast if you've got time for them to make it fresh.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StreetmanJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    When departing on or around 5:00 am - 7:00 am, get here really early. First flights out (FFO) cause very long delays through security. I get here 2 hours early if my flight is that early.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love Austin, but this Airport has a supreme lack of book options. If you're not into Danielle Steele, I hope you brought your own travel-reading
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GoodinApril 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great airport, but make sure you get there early when large events are happening around Austin. They only have a couple of lines open to check in through.
  • Bill P.
    Bill PleinOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The security lane in the west side, serving the gates in the high teens to 20's, has a premium passenger lane for gold status and first class that has a metal detector instead of naked X-ray scanner.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CotéOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Be sure to get your coffee at Ruta Maya, by gate 7. It's a longtime, quality Austin coffee shop and they have the good stuff there.
  • Marie C.
    Marie CorneliusJune 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you fly out in the early morning make sure to get her early or fly priority class! The security line is always crazy!
  • Gwen D.
    Gwen D.January 19, 2012
    Take your time strolling to baggage claim and grab some ATX grub, look at the art & listen to live music. The tie die piano is so cool!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For a good bite, check out the food area by Gate 12 - serving up food from Austin's best local eateries: Maudie's, The Salt Lick, and Amy's Ice Creams.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CahoonApril 27, 2011
    You can get 30 min of free wifi in the terminal. It is slower, but useable! Just connect and it will take you to a boingo page. The free wifi is at the bottom of the pageb
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FergusonFebruary 9, 2014
    The Salt Lick BBQ tacos are amazing. Top them with cabbage and cheese for extra amazingness.
  • Trisha L.
    Trisha Leon-GuerreroDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    New Ruta Maya coffee shop by gate 20 with great music! Grab a cup of joe and dance away before your flight.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauMarch 30, 2015
    Not as big as most major airports, but totally easy to navigate. Get your last taste of Texas cuisine at various BBQ and Tex Mex joints!
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie ElseaOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Travel is stressful. Would you know what to do if an adult suddenly collapsed? Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Visit www.handsonlycpr.com to learn more.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PhelanAugust 13, 2013
    Best airport that I get to call home. Great local food, simple design and usually no waits.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinMay 22, 2016
    Salt Lick BBQ really is all that! Get the 3 meat platter and extra order of chopped beef!
  • Jameson K.
    Jameson KellerNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt Lick Taco Bar is great. Carne Asada and pork are amazing!
  • Chay M.
    Chay Mondejar-SaputilMarch 11, 2011
    super long line for the taxi during #sxsw if you don't mind sharing you can try the airport super shuttle its $13.50+tip to downtown, took us 5 mins to hop on one
  • Paul E.
    Paul EscandonJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The nearby La Quinta Inn will only charge you $3.50 per day to park during your trip. Only catch is you have to spend at least one night there.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Salt Lick taco bar is the best greeting and farewell from beautiful ATX
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HanlonJune 19, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to arrive in time to stop at Salt Lick and get some barbecue for your flight out!
  • Arjan T.
    Arjan TAugust 9, 2014
    Efficient and fast but lacks a unique character. But hey, as long as your flight is on time, all that extra pizzaz doesn't really matter. Includes a food court with decent food options.
  • kev/null
    kev/nullMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Austin Bergstrom only allows local businesses. That's why you won't find a Starbucks or McDonald's. Try Salt Lick or Amy's Ice Cream.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GarzaSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Catching early morning flights usually gives you plenty of room to change your seats around the cabin for extra space.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 12, 2013
    If the Southwest TSA line is crazy, try the one by American. Usually one is mobbed during SXSW and the other is short.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BinionMarch 15, 2014
    Love this airport. Easy in and out. Just be sure to arrive early when leaving SXSW as there can be a big line at checkin/security.
  • Frank B.
    Frank BurnsMay 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The security line to the right (by JetBlue) is usually quicker than middle and left. You can walk down regardless which you're flying.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel ToczalaJanuary 5, 2015
    Keep in mind that there are three security checkpoints. The two that you normally see, and one off to the far right. Use that one if you're leaving from a higher numbered gate.
  • Austin K.
    Austin KolibaJuly 1, 2011
    Once you're here, explore the city on a Segway tour! It's way fun once you have the hang of it, and afterwards check out one of the many good restaurants!
  • Vincent H.
    Vincent HarrisMay 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Welcome to my hometown! Be sure to check out the bats, Barton Springs, the Salt Lick barbecue , and head out to visit us at @harrismedia!
  • Heidi A.
    Heidi A.April 20, 2013
    Need free wifi? Connect to the Boingo hotspot and go to the homepage. Click 'Get wifi' and scroll down. You'll see an offer from ABIA for 30 mins of complimentary wifi. :)
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa SmithAugust 22, 2016
    Cool for an airport. Altho i wish they had like a bowling alley or smth.
  • Blu
    BluSeptember 5, 2014
    Much better than my other Texas airport experiences. Easy to navigate, rental cars on site. Not a bad drive into town either.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BorgesMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    In town for SXSW 2013? Introduce yourself - you're here to network! And don't miss the hotness: an @MRY party 10-years in the making. Saturday, 3.9.13 - The Belmont.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Thundercloud Subs is the cheapest meal you can get here. Plus vegan bread and plenty of veggie options.
  • David J. N.
    David J. NeffMay 20, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Oh man! They separated the TSA and Premium lines. Expect a long wait if you are not TSA pre-check! #firstworldproblems
  • Alan W.
    Alan WolkMay 5, 2011
    If you're not that hungry and/or you don't want to wait on line, Salt Lick's Taco Bar is a tasty option. By Ray Benson Roadhouse
  • J Nicole A.
    J Nicole AlfordSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Note that there are no shuttles to the rental car area - you just have to trek past the pickup zones and cab lines to get to your rental area. Fun in 100+ degree heat.
  • Ricardo
    RicardoApril 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes the Wi-Fi is slow and not free at the airport but Austin is one of the techies and most successful cities in the country.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]June 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're looking for "Chicago-Style" pizza, be sure to hit up Mangia Pizza by Gate 12. If you're looking for "Chicago-Style" popcorn, I suggest that you catch the next flight to Chicago O'Hare...
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    New to Austin? Don't worry--thanks to our ludicrously unprofessional livery industry, you already know your way around better than any cab driver in town.
  • Britten W.
    Britten WolfAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Food options are limited to local restaurants only — which isn't a bad thing. Can't go wrong with some Austin BBQ.
  • ecomagination
    ecomaginationMarch 9, 2011
    ABI's eco cred runs deep: the airport was converted from a former Air Force base, has solar panels that also provide shade for taxis & has reduced energy consumption to 2.5 kWh per passenger
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BunchDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Maude's Tex Mex breakfast taco combo is LEGIT. Bacon, egg, and cheese tacos + orange juice > all other breakfasts.
  • Rachael
    RachaelAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Annie's is my pick for the healthiest, local food in the building. Chickpea salad 🙋
  • Delyn S.
    Delyn SimonsMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The 100 Metro local bus is a great call to downtown hotels if the cab line is 45 min long.
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YatesApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Top notch service at the Admirals club! Great airport, very clean and new.
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TattonJuly 19
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice airport. It was pretty quiet 15 years ago, but now it's super busy. Love the local food options.
  • Whip Hand C.
    Whip Hand CosmeticsJuly 17, 2012
    Style Tip: When in Austin ladies, a pair of cute cowboy boots are a must. Make a trip to Cavanders Boot one of your first stops. Hat is optional.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat great (w/out typical airport prices) at Thundercloud Subs on the far east end of the terminal.
  • Courtenay B.
    Courtenay BirdApril 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the CapMetro Airport Flyer to/from downtown for $1. Taxi = $30. Picks up every half hour at the front of lower level pickup outside baggage claim.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DodgeJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Baggage claim is always pretty quick here so checking your bag won't add more than 5 minutes to your trip and might save some hassle
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Cops sit at the end of the dropoff area at busy times (morning.) If you have an expired registration or inspection, you may get a tkt Or you can try to avoid by dropping off in the pickup area below.
  • Holly J.
    Holly JeeOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ruta maya is the most inconvenient place. Find a starbucks if you crave anything iced or dont enjoy making the drink yourself.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The airport is too small for the size of the city with too few international options. Lots of great local businesses though!
  • Helen G.
    Helen GerasimovaSeptember 5, 2013
    Rute Maya near gate no.21 opens early and serves awesome organic Mocha Latte
  • yimay y.
    yimay yangAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't be an asshole and crowd around the baggage carousels. The colored stripe surrounding the carousel is there for a reason.
  • Cezary P.
    Cezary PietrzakMarch 13, 2012
    Lines are huge so come early if you're leaving SxSW. That is, if you can get a cab to the airport in the first place.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ColletteApril 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $2 self-service at the Austin Java coffee stand by Gate 10. Skip the lines, just head there -- bottomless cup as well.
  • Joanna
    JoannaJanuary 26
    Cool little airport. Lot's of good local dining options instead of usual airport fast food.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The TSA security lines look like they're about an hour long wait (lines forming past the barricade ropes) on a Tuesday afternoon... so arrive early for your flights this holiday season
  • molly s.
    molly steensonMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Going downtown? Take the 100 bus. Shorter wait than a SXSW cab line and cheap at $1.75. Takes 26 minutes.
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  • Robyn R.
    Robyn R.June 18, 2013
    Amys ice cream is delicious. Get a large. You will wish you did if you don't!
  • Cruce S.
    Cruce SaundersJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Vegetarians: Thundercloud Subs next to gate 7 has a meatless Nada Chicken salad that's pretty good.
  • Curt F.
    Curt FinchOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    gate 1 has a clean unused bathroom downstairs that is typically used only by airport personnel, and now - by you
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BurnsAugust 27, 2014
    Morning flight? Breakfast tacos @ The Salt Lick (across from gate 12). Eat before boarding to avoid jealous rage on plane.
  • Kurt W.
    Kurt WeisenbergerOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Lefty's is better than Earl Campbell's just a bit further down past Gate 18. Lots of seating plus a couple of outlets to plug in at the silver tables!
  • Telca P.
    Telca PorrasApril 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you plan to fly out of ABIA on a Monday, add an extra half hour to 45 minutes to your one-hour-prioir arrival at check-in/security. Full extra hour if you're checking bags. Mondays are quite busy!
  • J R.
    J RMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The driveway to the cell lot doesn't even have a streetlight over it let alone good signs...otherwise, best airport ever!
  • Gabbie
    GabbieDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hit up the Salt Lick Taco bar by Austin Java when the restaurants aren't open yet in the AM. Avoid the bacon though...who likes bacon bits on a breakfast taco? Not I.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangfordMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Welcome to Austin #NerdBird passengers! If @JeffCutler was on your plane I likely need a drink. Drop your bags off at your hotel head on down to the Gingerman.
  • Hyunjin Jason K.
    Hyunjin Jason KimFebruary 25, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    They had an express security check. You keep your watch, belt, shoes and everything on.
  • Damion W.
    Damion WhiteMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're coming in for SXSWi make sure you take a peek at the Scarborough building - the site of last year's Apple Pop-up store.
  • Candy
    CandyApril 26, 2013
    Grab a fried egg sandwich from Annie's if you are here in the morning. The bread is awesome!
  • Travis A.
    Travis AustinApril 14, 2013
    Last chance to get some Amy's Icecream or decent BBQ before leaving ATX. For international travelers, the currency exchange is somewhere around gates 19-22 ish.
  • Benefit Cosmetics
    Benefit CosmeticsAugust 7, 2013
    Did the TSA raid your makeup bag, gorgeous? Benefit to the rescue! Come see our instant beauty rescue vending machine near Gate 14. #FlyBenefit
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Lots of great restaurant options in the concourses
  • Aundie G.
    Aundie GrumboAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget they have an Amy's Ice cream here. A great local treat for those just passing through.
  • Samuel Y.
    Samuel YuAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Salt Lick might not be the best BBQ in town, but it's definitely the best in the airport.
  • Johanna S.
    Johanna SaenzMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt Lick as your meal and Amys ice cream for desert! 2 great local Austin spots found in a mini airport version
  • Scott L.
    Scott LeopoldApril 24, 2012
    Welcome to Austin! My favorite things to do. Rudy's BBQ, Enchanted Rock, a beer on the deck at the Oasis, live music downtown : )
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallApril 30
    Love ABIA with lots of parking options, restaurant choices, beautiful hotels and shops with Texas pride gifts galore!
  • Karen K.
    Karen KurtzDecember 14, 2011
    While it sucks that there's no Starbucks, it is pretty cool that all the restaurants here are local. Fara Cafe coffee is pretty good as well.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food. Great shopping. Nothing weird about that!
  • Simon D.
    Simon DudleyNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The nicest restrooms at the airport are up in the gate 21 to 25 area. And they're quiet to.
  • Mohammed
    MohammedDecember 26, 2015
    Class C international airport. Around five miles southeast of downtown Austin. Has two runways and three helipads.
  • Victor G.
    Victor GaxiolaMarch 13, 2013
    Welcome to #ATX if you are here for #SXSW expect the unexpected. Take your time, and be present.
  • Paige P.
    Paige PetersonJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Security isnt as nice as it used to be. Get here early or be prepared to miss your flight.
  • Nancy P.
    Nancy PaloMay 22, 2012
    Salt Lick is the best airport food, if not best BBQ I have ever had!
  • Jody J.
    Jody JensenMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are.not from Texas, then you should try The Salt Lick for great brisket.
  • John M.
    John MuellerJanuary 11, 2012
    Sit close enough to the Admiral's Club (above The Salt Lick between gates 12 and 13 to snag free AT&T WiFi.
  • Fernando L.
    Fernando LabastidaMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Visitors to Austin: you'll notice we have no major chains as food vendors here - its all local. Try Salt Lick BBQ, Maudie's, Schlotzky's etc
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannOctober 12
    Small, easy to navigate, with lots of food options. Parking is cheap, too!
  • Baratunde
    BaratundeMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    New Yorkers, your uniform of all black, heavy on the leather and sarcasm isn't needed here. Smile and wear something bright
  • Bob H.
    Bob HeubelMarch 11, 2013
    Taxis are scarce in Austin. Get a rental car if you are staying more than a couple days.
  • neo23
    neo23March 9, 2012
    Get a pre arranged shuttle if you're not staying at a top hotel. Taking the HH to Orralyn's Hilton Airport Austin. I'm staying @ Hilton Downtown walking distance to SXSW;)
  • Justin H.
    Justin HospieDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Fast Park...cheaper than ABIA parking, and they drop you off at your car, free bottle of water and a paper!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TorresMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The loaded baked potato from Salt Lick is by far the best bang for your buck! Plus it's delicious!
  • Amy H.
    Amy HorowitzOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Food is good here. Just added thundercloud subs by gate 6. Can't go wrong with mangia either.
  • Beth K.
    Beth KeysearJuly 6, 2016
    Salt Lick BBQ is great! The pulled pork sandwich was fantastic!
  • Vincent H.
    Vincent HarrisAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Salt Lick is awesome in the terminal... Try it out! And come visit @harrismedia downtown on Brazos!
  • Christian B.
    Christian B.July 11, 2013
    Live music is nice, but be careful where you're standing/sitting in case an important announcement is made at a nearby gate.
  • Gini T.
    Gini TeeJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Parking lot now charges $3 as soon as you drive in. First 30 no longer free. Use the cell phone lot if picking up.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JusticeApril 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    FastPark is easier, cheaper and faster than The Parking Spot for long term. Especially when you exit the airport and head home.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BrownfieldMarch 14, 2013
    The airport use to be one of the US's top military command centers. Visit the exhibits throughout the airport while waiting for your flight.
  • Avi B.
    Avi B.January 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get the salt lick tacos, get extra tortillas; they're overflowing w goodness and will fall apart quickly
  • Jared S.
    Jared SimonsMarch 9, 2012
    Here for SXSW? Taap.it's the best way to find local food, convention events, and share your experiences with your friends. Read more
  • Cheng
    ChengAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you arrive late at night, I'd recommend using the Hail A Cab app to reserve a cab.
  • Allison K.
    Eat the biggest BBQ sandwich ever from the Salt Lick #nom
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BagleyMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Share a cab to/from the airport with a stranger. I've shared w head of marketing at FOURSQUARE & CEO of SPIN at random.
  • Robert N.
    Robert NMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    @austinnewcomer Pick up a free Newcomer Guide at the visitors center on 6th or view now www.austinnewcomeronline.com
  • Plesserchick
    PlesserchickApril 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Early morning travelers: walk down to Annie's for the amazing breakfast tacos. Worth the trek.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CarusoMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt Lick BBQ has a taco stand with carne guisada and other tasty tacos.
  • Chizoba
    ChizobaAugust 12, 2014
    Pretty small but quite nice to look around before your flight takes off ... Shops, restaurants, and various services around
  • Ulysses ..
    Ulysses .March 25
    Small/easy to get around. As of 2017 you must take your laptop out of your bag or TSA takes their slow time searching it. 1 good place to eat: SaltLickBBQ. Take RideAustin; Lyft not allowed :(
  • Cindy L.
    Cindy LoAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Maudies inside ABIA has breakfast tacos at the sane price as their restaurant which means it's affordable
  • Noble A.
    Noble AckersonMarch 5, 2014
    If you are attending SXSWi and have Google Glass, checkout LynxFit the first fitness app built from the ground up for Glass and Chromecast.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SchaeferSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are flying first class and going off continent you get into the admirals club free. Yippee!
  • ღDeeღ ღ.
    A small & nice looking airport. I love the big guitars they have displayed!
  • John N.
    John NixonMay 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    ABIA has a FREE cell waiting lot. Walk your dog, use the bathroom and flights are on their message board. Exit at the Service Entrance.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WolfsonOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I hope this airport stays small, because right now it's quick, quiet, clean, and pleasant
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeekerAugust 7, 2014
    Rental cars super close to terminal. And there is live music here too.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SMarch 27, 2015
    Well designed small airport. Get there early for some salt lick bbq.
  • Ahmad B.
    Ahmad BilalMarch 15, 2010
    One of the best airports in the country. BBQ, ice cream, bookstore, record shop. All local fixtures. Easy to love the airport!!
  • Lynn E.
    Lynn EllisonOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    When your belongings come out of the scanner at TSA, move all the way down to the end of the belt. That way, youi'll make room for everyone behind you.
  • David B.
    David BrayAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour at the Road House located in the center of AUS airport
  • Jo K.
    Jo KenneySeptember 21, 2011
    Great Salt Lick Taco Bar with fab pork green chile tacos right past security!
  • Bijoy G.
    Bijoy GoswamiNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a GOES card, you can use it to go through the premium security lines. $100 and valid for 5 years!
  • Brenna S.
    Brenna SDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Nobody likes waiting in security lines, but the TSA agents here are friendliest in the US. Give em a smile!
  • Zack Z.
    Zack ZamoraJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lol @ Salt Lick's mini breakfast taco for $3.29. Maudie's has 2 for $3.50 and they are bigger.
  • 高手놀리밑™
    高手놀리밑™March 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Most power outlets per capita for a US Airport (they must have known us SXSWi ppl know the 'ABC' rule - Always Be Charging). Also free wifi.
  • Kunal T.
    Couple of belts at checkpoint 1 do not require you to take off shoes and belt. Just put your mobile,wallet in the bag and walk through the scanner
  • Kelli M.
    Kelli MacApril 23, 2015
    Breakfast tacos at Maudie's starting at 4:30AM and the SWA staff- awesome!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LindNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Stop by Amy's Ice Cream and grab yourself an Oreo Speedwagon. Thank yourself later.
  • David C.
    David CerveraOctober 24, 2016
    The stores close early, so if you had a late flight and wanted to buy something, too bad. The bar is open, though. They do serve food and bottled sodas and water.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MunvesMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're hungry, grab a bite at the Salt Lick near gate 13 for some killer BBQ
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikMarch 19, 2013
    AUSTIN! While you're waiting for your flight attendant to tell you to put your mobile device away, read this infographic to explain why you have to: Read more
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GraspoOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The cabs in Austin are clean and the drivers are always helpful.
  • Cielo A.
    Cielo ApartmentsJanuary 2, 2014
    Nicest Airport! Clean, easy to get around and live music! Welcome to Austin ya'll. Yee hawwww!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin StanleySeptember 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Cap Metro Airport Flyer drops you off downtown and is only $1! Best deal in town.
  • Ann B.
    Ann BuchananApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt Lick has a Killer breakfast taco. Add brisket for extra flavor.
  • April B.
    April BennettOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get ya some authentic Texas BBQ at The Salt Lick right across from Gate 12. Why not? It's the tastiest barbecue in America.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RegisterJune 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    I'm a fan of Parking Spot. Getting in is quick, getting out is quicker.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CacaliJune 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a brisket breakfast taco from Saltlick if you're here in the morning.
  • Lars P.
    Lars PlougmannJune 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Seven bird nests across from gate 14. Go say hello to our feathered friends and remind them to stay out of jet engines
  • Casey T.
    Casey TooleJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Use the special needs restroom behind the two food court areas.. Plenty of room for your bags and more private.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LocklinAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Live music is always on tap in the airport. Good food everywhere.
  • Brydon
    BrydonApril 20, 2012
    If you're on a flight before 8am leave at LEAST an hour for security alone the line can get insane.
  • Anthony O.
    Anthony OnestoJanuary 31, 2013
    Leaving - look for the little Salt Lick BBQ taco stand before gates 1-10. Two words - Brisket Taco.
  • Lizzy L.
    Lizzy LouJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Maudie's serves breakfast tacos all day where everyone else stops serving breakfast around 10:00
  • Scott K.
    Scott KramerOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I believe in height karma. Give your exit row seat to a tall person & one day, a tall person will let you stand in front of them at a concert.
  • Angel D.
    Angel DOctober 4, 2013
    Super sweet you can take the #100 bus into downtown austin for $1, they take cash no change. Every 30min
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    If you’re unable to select the middle seat when booking your flight, do not book that flight. The flight is most likely oversold which could make for an unwanted adventure when take-off time comes.
  • Zach T.
    Zach TurnerSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Aus is so easy to get in and out of. When you're flying in, stop and get food before you go to baggage claim. By the time I get my Schlotzky's order, my bag has arrived and I'm out
  • Kari
    KariMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The employees at the Saxon Pub near gate 5 are awesome. So helpful and friendly!
  • Antti E.
    Antti EronenMarch 18, 2012
    Austin Java offers a good decaf latte. Try it with a double shot :)
  • Telca P.
    Telca PorrasMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Take the Capital Metro Airport Flyer (100) for $1. Goes straight to downtown and UT. Slightly longer than a cab ride, but limited stops, so not by much. Runs about every 40 mins.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonSeptember 27, 2011
    Mom was right: Use a packing list. Remember to pack all the essentials and don’t forget the most common left-behind items, chargers and toothbrushes!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TorresMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Make sure you get a scoop of Mexican Vanilla from Amys Ice Cream! You won't be disappointed!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew De la penaJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there at least an hour earlier than an hour before flight on Monday's ! Don't get there and expect airline employees to hold your hand ACT LIKE AN ADULT !
  • Cory D.
    Cory DzbinskiJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to thunder cloud subs by gate 6. Dirt cheap $4.99 for a foot long that kills subway. Only $1.29 for extra meat!
  • Adam
    AdamDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $3.50 all day for 2 breakfast tacos at Maudie's. Good airport deal.
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie ElseaMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Travel is stressful which can put you and others at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. AEDs are located throughout the airport. Learn CPR http://www.heart.org/Cpr
  • Megan E.
    Megan E.December 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Austinites: long term parking lot D always has a shuttle. Fastest in and out of all of them
  • Charlene
    CharleneDecember 30, 2012
    Great airport, never too crowded even during holidays.
  • Connor J.
    Connor JamesDecember 26, 2014
    Breakfast tacos and BBQ at Salt Lick taco stand. Opposite gate 8 next to Austin Java.
  • Skippyn8
    Skippyn8July 27, 2012
    No free public wifi internet. Be careful about renting a car here it's one of those that has "consolidated facility fee". Get a SuperShuttle or bus to town and then rent at a city location.
  • Ryan
    RyanOctober 25, 2011
    All vendors in the airport are either local Austin companies or were started in the Austin area.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PalanisamyAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast Tacos at the Waterloo Ice House is a must. Located near Gate 7.
  • Toni D.
    Toni DunneMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Warning to travelers with pets... Only pet rest area is OUTSIDE security! Not too pet friendly here.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MorenoFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early and prepare for your flight with Salt Lick and Amy's Ice Cream!
  • bibliotekah
    bibliotekahAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    amy's ice cream, ruta maya coffee, and annie's are my preferred places to eat
  • John B.
    John BoosApril 16, 2013
    I wish I had some time to check out this airport. It seemed like a nice place too bad Southwest had their butts on backwards here
  • Adam B.
    Adam BroitmanMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    For all you Delta fans, no sky lounge, but there is Salt Lick!
  • Monique K.
    Monique KirkNovember 21, 2010
    Love Austin including airport! Tons of great food to choose from and friendly People :-)
  • christopher s.
    christopher schiefferFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure there is no fire alarm the day of your trip or your wait could be extensive...
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    I was asked several times to test drive the Concorde, but always had a conflict.
  • Baratunde
    BaratundeMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get downtown in 17 mins for just $1. Take the Cap Metro airport flyer bus #100. stop is at the front of passenger pickup
    Upvoted Sep 27
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TrachtenbergDecember 26, 2011
    Waterloo ice house breakfast tacos! Way way better than the salt lick , bigger, better , cheaper!
  • Cappy P.
    Cappy PoppMarch 13, 2013
    Get a chair massage across from Gate 6 after SXSW. Trust me well worth the 15$.
  • Rex
    RexOctober 25
    Interesting vibe that's different from most of the cookie-cutter domestic airports.
  • Dimitry I.
    Dimitry IoffeMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    SxSW 2011 - as you arrive please take a moment and bow in front of the Great and All Mighty 'SALT LICK' taco stand. Thank you and best regards! Carry on now.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DemetrionJune 25, 2013
    Make sure you bring your own bag or have room in your carry in if you plan on buying anything in this stupid airport. It costs you 11 cents I you want a bag even if you are buying a present. Crap!!!!!
  • Matt F.
    Matt FerrariSeptember 10, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Food options are not great, unless you want healthy over at Annie's. Small airport so directs are tough. However, live music a lot!
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GoodmanAugust 1, 2013
    Salt lick bbq and amys ice cream. Oh and waterloo records. Whats not to love.
  • Mariah H.
    Mariah HaySeptember 9, 2013
    Pack a lunch!! For such a foodie town, this airport has nothing to offer in the way of good food.
  • Annie P.
    Annie ParkFebruary 23
    Small clean airport with good food options (well, for an airport)
  • Edwyn A.
    Edwyn AMay 17, 2011
    Even though the places here have local business names mist if them will taste like airport food with airport prices. There are exceptions but this us a general rule.
  • Martin K.
    Martin KMarch 21, 2015
    Take the security line in the middle - don't have to take laptop out or take shoes off.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KinneyNovember 22, 2011
    Local food here is awesome! New Hills cafe here too. Best Chicken fried steak made!!
  • AP d.
    Special place during SXSW when you'll find live music in the terminal
  • Geekazine.com - Jeffrey P.
    Geekazine.com - Jeffrey PowersMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I like to take a picture from my seat on the plane. When it rains, I focus on the raindrops on the window.
  • Ed A.
    Ed AnuffOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place closes down all the food counters at 8pm, so don't expect to grab a bite to eat before a late flight.
  • Ted M.
    Ted MackelSeptember 21, 2011
    Metro Capitol City Bus #100 is only $1.00 takes you right downtown 20-30 min ride. Pay $2.00 for a 24 hour pass
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralMarch 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out the salt lock BBQ taco stand
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmiraultMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Go through the security line to the far right. Always shorter than the one on the left.
  • Vadim L.
    Vadim LavrusikMarch 15, 2011
    Get the pulled pork sandwich at Salt Lick for some delicious bbq before your trip back.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MatthewsDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Need more live music. Every other gate or so. Also, we need a conspiracy theory like the Denver airport. #keepitweirdyall
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FairmanSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ruta Maya Coffee > Austin Java. If you want AJ, go downtown and get the real deal. :-)
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BaileyNovember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Super helpful and friendly parking staff and southwest rocks!
  • Ipequey
    IpequeyJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bar is before security, upstairs called the Sky Bar
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MillerMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop by Vino Volo for a flight of wines!
  • Elisa S.
    Elisa SalazarOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Austin Java soy vanilla latte near gate 14, always helps with early morning flights!
  • KAYAK
    KAYAKJuly 10, 2012
    You have to try Salt Lick BBQ. It's been dubbed "a little piece of tex-mex heaven"
  • Chris S.
    Chris StanglandJune 12, 2011
    Read all the tips left here and remember that, in fact, we keep Austin in good working order the 51 non-SXSW weeks of year too.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Eat at the Salt Lick BBQ. The best airport food there is.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LevineMay 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy to get in and out, small and efficient airport
  • Craig V.
    Craig VodnikSeptember 22, 2016
    There are A-players, Lone Wolf's and Donald Trump. None of them can compete with: The Army of One!
  • Peg C.
    Peg ChampionOctober 22, 2013
    Have a breakfast taco at Maudie's before you head outta town! Don't forget the salsa!
  • John D.
    John DohertyAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Really nice airport. Planes can land and take off. Security is pretty quick.
  • Oscar F.
    Oscar FajardoDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great airport lots of chairs and wifi.
  • Dwane L.
    Dwane LayMay 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not attempt to play the giant guitars in the baggage area. They are REALLY touchy about that.
  • Alec P.
    Alec PappasMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Show some courtesy and leave the table after you've finished your meal. Y'all ain't at Starbucks
  • Greg M.
    Greg MatthewsMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The main security line now has a TSA Pre-check gate. Pay the $100 for Global Entry and skip even the premium line.
  • Andru E.
    Andru EdwardsMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    When you're here, order a big red to have with your BBQ. You do plan on eating BBQ, right?
  • Clare M.
    Clare MeyersApril 16, 2010
    Try any of the food options- most are local Austin/Texas chains that you can't get in other cities!
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RodarteJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get Salt Lick breakfast tacos. The only way to start or finish your journey
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25October 13, 2016
    One of the best airports with local food!
  • Brenden M.
    Brenden MulliganMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The majestic unicorn rides at night but only is seen by those who sleep no more.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WilsonOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Virtually all of the airport restaurants are well known Austin spots. Check 'em out.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzMay 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    No matter what airline your fly, make sure you're at the gate 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure. Doors close 10 minutes prior to departure. Airplanes don't wait for you, YOU wait for airplanes.
  • P L.
    P LJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop and enjoy some Amy's Ice Cream and some live music if you've got time to spare.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WerlinFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Maudie's breakfast tacos, quick and good, not necessarily cheap though!
  • Gabriel W.
    Gabriel WuOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    For breakfast at the salt lick, avoid the breakfast biscuit. The egg was rubbery and the biscuit dry.
  • Sara S.
    Sara SasakiAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Waterloo Ice House breakfast tacos! They're amazing!!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GuldiApril 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    if you are at the restaurant in the middle of the airport and there is a bad you can't hear any pages. There is alcohol so you can easily miss a flight
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt Lick BBQ and rental car pick up across the street. Doesn't get any better than that.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SaenzMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the Austin Article across from gate 8 for magazines and snacks while flying on Southwest airlines.
  • Caitlin E.
    Caitlin EavesJuly 20, 2011
    Security has really become a nightmare here, hour and a half to get through the line! Get there early!
  • Tonya Pet Photography
    Tonya Pet PhotographyNovember 28, 2010
    One of the few vegetarian options is the veggie burger at Leftys bar and grill. And it's good!
  • Aimee N.
    Aimee NessSeptember 21, 2011
    Super clean airport! Super Shuttle did a great job getting me here!
  • Jack
    JackMarch 25
    Been here 5+ times
    I bet if they tried, the could make it a longer walk to the rental car facility.
  • Madelyn V.
    Madelyn VarellaMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    ABIA is a local-only airport, meaning no starbucks or mcdonalds. Try maudies for breakfast tacos (2 for 3.50,not bad) and salt lick BBQ for about anything else!
  • Terry G.
    Terry GardnerJuly 18, 2013
    New security area adjacent to Delta cannot yet take electronic boarding passes, so get a paper pass.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JusticeNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Imagecraft Exhibits constructed these art pieces. Best exhibit company in Texas.
  • Tad D.
    Tad DavisNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Security lines can get long here early in the morning. Usually 30+ minutes. Allow at least 45.
  • Glen R.
    Glen RobertsJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If the security line is long near Delta, walk across the hall and go through the line near American Airlines and vice versa.
  • Natanya A.
    Natanya AndersonFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Salt Lick only does breakfast tacos until 10am. Maudie's does them all day!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SeedigJuly 16, 2011
    Regarding the local food options, its buyer beware. In some cases the only thing "local" is the name licensed from the local business, the food quality is not necessarily the same as you might expect
  • Anneke J.
    Anneke JongMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    there are so many plugs at this airport. it's awesome -- the way of the future!
  • Drew M.
    Drew MitchellFebruary 29, 2012
    Take the Airport Flyer bus to quickly get downtown (seriously). Nice/clean/fast and only costs a buck!
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Flying out in the morning? Stop by Maudie's for some breakfast tacos. 2 for $3.50, cheap!
  • Red B.
    Red BullJanuary 6, 2012
    Get your wiiings at most every airport food + drink outlet, before or after security.
  • Danny M.
    Danny MochMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The new TSA Pre-check is AWESOME! If you haven't signed up, do so today!
  • Migaz
    MigazApril 23, 2012
    Don't forget to pick-up the landing gear! It'll save you $ at the pump!
  • Iris
    IrisSeptember 22, 2011
    Salt Lick is pretty tasty. Had food when I flew in AND out of Austin. Just prepare for the line!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HumphreyMarch 20, 2012
    When going through security, if u are nice to them they will be nice to you... Otherwise forget it.
  • Carla Y.
    Carla YoungJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    So quick and easy with decent food options. One of my favourite airports by far!
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You must see the Barbara Jordon statue. She is one of my sheroes.
  • Derek
    DerekJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the costs of parking your car at the airport by taking a car2go to or from The Parking Spot.
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl Hall-SchannoNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you care to indulge in spirits before your flight don't schedule a flight before NOON they do not serve before then
  • Santhosh N.
    Santhosh NageshwarJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come atleast 1 hour early to clear the security check, else you might miss the flight
  • Marques S.
    Marques StewartMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    You can get 90 mins of free wireless here daily.
  • Bayram A.
    Bayram AnnakovJuly 1, 2012
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  • Alan C.
    Alan CordovaDecember 6, 2014
    Catch the 100 bus at the end of the arrivals pick-up lane - 30 minutes to downtown and $1.50 each way (vs. $30 cab).
  • Park S.
    Park SilkensonAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Arrive early so you have plenty of time to opt out of the scanners.
  • Scott
    ScottSeptember 30, 2012
    Security uses back scatter technology in case you're opposed to that sort of thing.
  • Cori R.
    Cori RuderNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Waterloo Icehouse by gate 8 has amazing breakfast tacos and they are the only open rest at 4:00 am
  • Lisette N.
    Lisette NMarch 31, 2015
    So small! Love it, no Starbucks but I'm sure I can live without one until I get to London.
  • Darden R.
    Darden RiceAugust 18, 2014
    This is one of the most convenient places to get Salt Lick bbq.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilliamsDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great airport with a cool vibe.
  • Seline J.
    Seline JungMay 19, 2016
    Such a clean, modern, pleasant airport!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CacaliMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    You can get Round Rock donuts at the little news and gift store next to Austin's JavaScript somewhere around gate 20 or so.
  • Sharon
    SharonMay 22, 2011
    Sunday mornings are shockingly packed and security is slow. Save yourself the stress and arrive with lots of time.
  • Kenny R.
    Kenny RosenbergMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There's a fast security checkpoint at the end of the departure area by Delta
  • Jamey H.
    Jamey HarveyMarch 13, 2012
    The chicken enchilada at Maudes tex mex was amazing!
  • Cory D.
    Cory DavisAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Early morning flights lately have meant getting Through security quick!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RosenbergMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt lick bfast tacos a must if you're flying in the am
  • Jason E.
    Jason EdwardsMay 3, 2012
    Ruta Maya is the best coffee in the airport. The rest tastes like lake water.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GibsonDecember 11, 2014
    Go to McDonald's and ask for the Secret Sauce burger. Only location in the world that serves it!!
  • Tamara
    TamaraJuly 13, 2013
    Very clean and bathrooms are surprisingly nice.
  • Gautham B.
    Gautham BNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    6am AA flight on a Monday and breezed through the security check in 5min at 4.40 am. Surprise! surprise! ABIA!!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalMarch 11, 2015
    When going to pick up someone from the airport.. Be prepared for clutter and chaos!! 😯😬
  • Sean A.
    Sean AdamsDecember 6, 2014
    Bring your own glass you can fill it up with purified water for free.
  • Steve G.
    Steve GormanMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The bar with the cheap drinks are before you go through security up on the 3rd floor.
  • Beth P.
    Beth PalmerMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    As long as there are no events in town, security lines usually take 15 mins. Tiny lines compared to jfk.
  • Kenike M.
    Kenike MarceauFebruary 21, 2014
    I visited here as an USAF brat with my parents in the 1970's
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JusticeNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great family bathrooms in each section of the airport.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WareMarch 14, 2012
    Small-if you are here for an event be prepared for security to take 45-60 min
  • Monty K.
    Monty KingApril 3, 2010
    Try the Saltlick breakfast taco and some Austin Java. The presidents club is an awesome club-to get yo freak on.
  • Carmine Gallo
    Carmine GalloSeptember 9, 2011
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  • James U.
    James UnderbergJuly 28, 2016
    Asleep at the wheel Roadhouse ! Live music !!
  • Jon D.
    Jon DubeMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the breakfast tacos from Salt Lick here
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BurchardOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm told the "premium passenger lane" at security is all about walking up with confidence...that's what I'm told.
  • John
    JohnOctober 5, 2013
    Visit the Domain in N Austin git upscale shopping and food. Just of Mopac at Braker
  • Peter K.
    Peter KimMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Reasonably healthy eats at Annie's, between gates 19 & 20. Unreasonable prices though.
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BandaFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit near gate 12 - you can get the free Admirals Club wifi!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BoudreauxMay 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Arrive VERY early on Monday mornings if your flight is before 8AM. The lines through security are really long. Get there an hour early.
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Waiting? Salt Lick chopped brisket. Rushing? Salt Lick chopped brisket taco. Meeeeeat.
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonAugust 4, 2012
    Allow for a good 45 min of driving if you're going to/coming from Round Rock
  • Edwyn A.
    Edwyn AMay 17, 2011
    Breakfast Tacos here are like 6$ better get them in town for 1/3 the price.
  • Glen R.
    Glen RobertsApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your shoes shined across from gate 13 while waiting for your flight.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallOctober 27, 2015
    Lots of local food available and live music of course!
  • Cynthia S.
    Really small airport. No hassles. Line for security was almost non existent and the thoroughness of the people working security is refreshing.
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early or linger on the way in and grab a bite of local only food and music. The chair massages are incredible and some of the best Austin t shirts you will find. They make great gifts!
  • Neal U.
    Neal U.March 26
    Been here 5+ times
    Well run, efficient airport that'll put a smile on your face after LAX or LaGuardia.
  • Ali C.
    Ali ColangeloMarch 17, 2016
    Clean, modern airport. Oh, and go to Salt Lick for a bite!
  • Dan Z.
    Dan ZeehandelaarMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cop stop ice cream at Amy's. Doughnut chunks in coffee ice cream. Genius.
  • Jackie K.
    Jackie KoefootDecember 21, 2011
    Only airport that I have been to that you are welcomed with live music.
  • Saul C.
    Saul ColtMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I (@saulcolt) left a brand new autographed $20 bill in a men's washroom here. Find it and it's yours!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TolandMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you bring an iPod so you don't have to listen to country music in your terminal.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the premier line is just to the left of the normal line, and moves much faster
  • Johnathan H.
    Johnathan HaynesMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    BBQ From Saltlick and then Amy's Ice Cream. Do it.
  • Owee N.
    Owee NicolasNovember 23, 2011
    Filipino traveller in Austin! Wasup repapips??? Try Salt Lick Bbq. Da best!
  • Price
    PriceMay 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Simultaneously the source of great happiness when you land, and crippling sorrow when you leave. At least the food rocks.
  • AJ P.
    AJ ParkerJune 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A good place to drop off your friends so they can get on airplanes
  • ASK Gwen C.
    ASK Gwen CashJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Austin international airport need more bar areas for waiting on guest arrivals and departure.
  • Mitch
    MitchNovember 22, 2016
    Great airport serving the Austin area.
  • John K.
    John KreicbergsMarch 13, 2013
    Love this town and pretty much everything about it.
  • Mohammed
    MohammedDecember 27, 2015
    Salt Lick barbecue is a good choice before leaving Austin ..
  • Chad W.
    Chad WilsonAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Premium passengers walk in and head all the way to the right. No one is ever in that security line.
  • Lola C.
    Lola ChickenpantMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to bring some salt lick spicy BBQ sauce home with you! Available by salt lick at gate 12
  • Charles D.
    Charles DavenportAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Annie's is the best place to east hands down.
  • Jasmine T.
    Jasmine TrabelsiMarch 15, 2011
    Amy's ice cream has smoothies! Great for counteracting all that BBQ last night.
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºNovember 30, 2012
    Not much shopping here. Be sure to get what you want before you come back here! #badsouveniers
  • Scott P.
    Scott PerryMarch 9, 2012
    take the metro airport flyer bus (#100) to downtown -- cost $1, avoid long taxi lines. leaves at :00 & :30
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    You won't find many chain restaurants in this joint. Leave room for a scoop or two of Amy's Ice Cream. Mexican Vanilla with any topping or crunch in is a winner
  • Errol M.
    Errol MortlandJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This may be the best place to pick people up who have flown into Austin.
  • Mohammed S.
    Mohammed ShobaniFebruary 11, 2015
    A nice small airport
  • Raymond A.
    Raymond AaronOctober 5, 2015
    Clean. Nice shops. Helpful staff.
  • Sujei S.
    Sujei SierraJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The close-in surface parking is the best option. $11 a day and super close.
  • Travis N.
    Travis NicholsMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early for LONG security lines, always seems overwhelmed
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettJanuary 18, 2015
    Totally fine for a small airport. Friendly staff, even TSA agents didn't try to ruin your day. That's all I ask for.
  • Dan M.
    Small but organized and efficient :)
  • Marcy T.
    Marcy TessmannApril 23, 2013
    Absolutely need extra time for security line. Hope we make it! Gave ourselves 1.5 hours
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LemonJune 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get here EARLY!!! Security lines are long and slow...even in the early morning....
  • ansje m.
    ansje millerOctober 9, 2014
    If you're a vegetarian, you're only good option is over at gate 19.
  • Michele W.
    Michele WeismanMarch 10, 2011
    Awesome airport! Very quick with getting your bags
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey C.March 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Garage parking = $22 per day. In close parking = $11 per day, but no shuttle.
  • Joy H.
    Joy HaysMarch 13, 2012
    Smaller airport so lines are crazy long even in the middle of the day on a weekday
  • Lloyd A.
    Lloyd ArmbrustJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    When arriving at AUS it's best to have already arranged to have someone pick you up.
  • Kathryn R.
    Kathryn RicheyAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive early, lines are long!
  • William Matthew S.
    Ruta Maya is a great local business. Organic coffee
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Airport BBQ is ok but resist the urge and head out into the sticks for the real deal. The longer the drive, the better it tastes.
  • Adria R.
    Adria RichardsMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Listen to the live music during SXSW near the brewery
  • David W.
    David WeinerMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    What are you doing checking in? Put down the phone and run. You're gonna miss your flight!!!!
  • Meredith
    MeredithDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Breakfast tacos at Waterloo Ice House for those early flights.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YuAugust 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    So glad there aren't any fast food chains or Starbucks here. Austin keeps it real. Austin Java, Amy's and Saltlick ftw
  • Ginger C.
    Ginger CourtneyMay 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place as long as you're leaving town.
  • Greg
    GregMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Flew through security thanks to Pre Check & CBT Trusted Traveler.
  • Cheyenne H.
    Cheyenne HornburgApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early. The line for security is always long.
  • christopher s.
    christopher schiefferFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tha America kiosks are wonderful, even for international checkin!
  • Erica B.
    Erica BergerMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the super friendly older Texan men creep you out too much...
  • Galyna ✈
    Galyna ✈January 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Texas: Where even lollipops are tough ;)
  • Brently G.
    Brently GDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Love that all the food choices are locally from Austin!
  • Art V.
    Art Villalobos JrApril 24, 2013
    It's pretty busy so 2 hrs to 3 hrs is good to check in
  • Lala
    LalaNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    try an get an early flight out, staff is pretty quick and lines aren't so long (at least not right now anyway...6am)
  • Amitava B.
    Amitava BhattacharyyaOctober 3, 2013
    Try the brisket sliders at Salt Lick!
  • Giuseppe M.
    Giuseppe MayerMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool AA Lounge with nice people at the desk :)
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HernandezNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't buy more food than you can carry. If you're buying food for five people, bring someone with you. No, there aren't any trays.
  • Bobby B.
    Bobby BrooksJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Salt Lick Tacos give you last chance for man vs food bragging rights with out the drive to driftwood.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BeckettOctober 20, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Use the valet! 22 a day. Drop off and they deliver. + garage covered parking. Time saver!!!
  • Nora J.
    Nora JohnsonMarch 20, 2012
    Last place for salt lick BBQ...don't miss out on their beans!!
  • Thom S.
    Thom SteinbergMay 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you eat a lot of spicy Indian food before your flight then share the aroma during your flight.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Flying JetBlue? It's the last desk on the right…all the way down
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BaileyMarch 17, 2010
    Check out Knot Anymore across from Gate 13 for a quick massage to unwind before/after your flight!
  • Cheekd
    CheekdMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch your pockets for our little black Cheek'd Card!
  • Christina T.
    Christina TrevinoJune 30, 2012
    Amazing, new, fast security at #ABIA. You guys rock!
  • Giancarlo M.
    Giancarlo MartinezDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Monday morning, TSA precheck took over 20 minutes. Plan accordingly any Monday morning.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Live music throughout this airport is so very Austin!
  • Gerard D.
    Gerard DusastreNovember 20, 2012
    don't miss the guitars at the luggage pick-up
  • Kay M.
    Kay Marley-DilworthApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love that so many local restaurants are represented here!
  • Elia A.
    Elia AlbarranApril 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a BBQ sandwich at Salt Lick while you wait.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LandMay 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't fret the long security lines. They go surprisingly fast.
  • Owen S.
    Owen StoneMarch 8, 2011
    Here for SXSW... Get gum and or breath mints! You will be talking to a lot of stankmouth is no good!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SteadApril 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt Lick... in an airport. What more do you want?
  • Linda L.
    Linda LawrenceMarch 10, 2012
    Sea salt vanilla ice cream. Give it a try
  • G M.
    G MartinezSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Thunder cloud is greAt but the attitude from the wich makers is trying at times..
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice new airport, very low volume.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LeggeMay 3, 2015
    Good food options (like Austin BBQ)!
  • Corey M.
    Corey ManiconeAugust 7, 2014
    Check out the badass guitars at baggage claim.
  • Jose L.
    Jose LeivaJune 8, 2014
    Annie's café & bar is awesome, great breakfast
  • Barry L.
    Barry LeybovichSeptember 15, 2013
    Free airport WiFi is the best.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew COctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't come hungry if your flight leaves later than 7 pm. Everything closes at 7 or 8.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HensleyJune 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tsa is horrid. Just because a women is pregnant and doesn't want to go through the scanner they treat you like dirt and don't respect your choice.
  • Grant S.
    Grant ShellenSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to arrive or depart via airplane.
  • Matt T.
    Matt TurpinMarch 16, 2011
    Get the Brisket Platter at the Salt Lick in the airport.
  • Julio M.
    Julio MataMay 14, 2012
    Take the 100 bus for a cheap way into town. Drops you of downtown/by ca
  • Andy A.
    Andy AmendolaMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt Lick BBQ had some great food, for an airport.
  • Meredith
    MeredithApril 24, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you have a morning flight, arrive extra early. Security is crazy in the morning.
  • Zoey C.
    Zoey ColeOctober 15, 2012
    So you don't waste your time looking like an idiot waiting for the soap to come out, the soap dispensers are manual, but the water is motion-sensored in the restrooms.
  • Jay S.
    Jay SMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try Amy's, hit the lake, and shop at the San Marcos outlets. Keep Austin Weird!
  • Hermes C.
    Hermes CamachoMay 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Running late? No worries! Flown in and out o Austin many times, never needed to be there sooner than an hour before my flight, even during thanksgiving.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GuthrieJanuary 17, 2012
    Tasty pulled pork sandwiches by the "Asleep At The Wheel" stage!
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FragerJanuary 11, 2013
    Get BBQ sauce on breakfast tacos at The Salt Lick!
  • Chandra G.
    Chandra GrantNovember 16, 2010
    Pre flight relaxation is listening to live music at Earl Campbell's @ gate 18 while sipping on your favorite libation!
  • Carl
    CarlSeptember 2, 2014
    Get the Pete's taco at Maudie's - excellent!
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernMarch 16, 2015
    Free WiFi. Fast in and out.
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie D.February 11, 2010
    Come early or stay late and savor local Austin flavor, music and shopping. Live music M-F on Ray Benson stage and more.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MoserJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have an A.M. flight hit up Salt Lick & get a brisket & egg breakfast taco!
  • Andy E.
    Andy EvansMarch 12, 2013
    Visit Salt Lick BBQ for your last meal in Austin
  • Ralph
    RalphJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ruta Maya has the best coffee in the terminal with the lowest prices.
  • P.J. S.
    P.J. SnavelyAugust 30, 2013
    Steel cut oats at Annie's are great!
  • Mat C.
    Mat Collis1 week ago
    Salt lick breakfast tacos. Amazing
  • Borys P.
    Borys Pierov3 days ago
    There are some really nice food stands in terminals
  • Chris T.
    Chris TreadawayJanuary 3, 2011
    If you aren't planning to get barbecue in Austin (or didn't), go to The Salt Lick after you get through security.
  • sarah h.
    sarah hNovember 20, 2011
    salt lick barbecue is the best dining choice
  • Hillary P.
    Hillary PierceAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nuevo Leon's breakfast tacos are wack. But at least they're open before 6am unlike Salt Lick. :(
  • Colin B.
    Colin BoeDecember 5, 2011
    Take the bus downtown. It's super convenient and only costs $1.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Any airport that plays country is fine by me!
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If going downtown, catch MetroBus #100 for $1. Runs every 20 mins. ABIA Lower level.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out Salt Lick near gate 13 for breakfast and lunch. You can also pick up a smoked brisket and take it with you. It is frozen and packaged for travel. Was perdect for my sales meeting.
  • molly s.
    molly steensonMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    all the businesses here are local--so get some barbecue when you arrive from the airport's salt lick outpost!
  • gui a.
    gui ambrosMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you were here for sxsw, hope you helped to keep austin weird. Safe travels and see you next year!
  • Cheekd
    CheekdMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch your carry on for our little black Cheek'd card that says, "want to be a member of my mile high club?"
  • Mike B.
    Mike BurtonSeptember 9, 2013
    Try flying in an airplane. It's AWESOME!
  • Sara P.
    Sara PMarch 16, 2011
    Get a chair massage across from Gate 13 if you have time to kill before your flight.
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    Make sure you try Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurat near Gate 8
  • Mark D.
    Mark DonneSeptember 10, 2011
    Head to 6 lounge on 4th st for a good time, live music and roof top bar.
  • Dawna W.
    Dawna WrightJune 11, 2011
    I have enjoyed live music while waiting for to board an afternoon flight.
  • Augustine V.
    Augustine VOctober 3, 2014
    Possibly the best airport in the country!
  • Megan S.
    Megan ShererJune 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of nice shops and restaurants
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Follow @southbyfreenoms while you're at SXSW for updates on all the free food and drinks!
  • Great V.
    Great VetoApril 28, 2012
    Salt Lick brisket and egg breakfast tacos >>>>>>>
  • marjo
    marjoNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    American Airlines attendants are not well versed that mobile apps (like the passbook) are ok to use on the gate. We were told to print a boarding pass still.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GravattFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast tacos at Salt Lick are the morning meal here.
  • Becky C.
    Becky C.August 7, 2011
    Get the breakfast burritos at the Tex-Mex place.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Never been upset to spend a few extra minutes here. Wish there were more direct flights
  • Sharlene S.
    Sharlene SimonMay 16, 2013
    No sit down restaurants....just deli and cafeteria style. Bummer when you're tired.
  • Sadat S.
    Sadat SMay 11, 2012
    Longest line for security check-in I've seen. They need bigger airport. Come early.
  • Lawrence D.
    Lawrence DernulcMarch 9, 2011
    Friendliest TSA folks I've come across. Gentleman even asked how to pronounce my last name!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BreslinMarch 12, 2013
    Annie's cafe has awesome breakfast tacos
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Souvenir shops are shut early in the morning in case you are planning on buying anything.
  • KAYAK
    KAYAKJuly 9, 2012
    Make sure you try @SaltLickBBQ. It won't disappoint.
  • Jay T.
    Jay ThompsonFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Winner, "best live music in an airport" category.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HoffmanMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    For info on Austin music venues year-round, check out barricadeorbalcony.com
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CutrerDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There is a thundercloud sub station by gate 20, who knew?!?! Yum.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CalmanJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the cell phone waiting area when picking up travelers.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SnavelyMay 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    AT&T is dead slow here but you can get a free 30 mins on Boingo wifi.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The rental cars are on-site, so there's no need to arrive more than an hour early.
  • kiki c.
    kiki contrerasDecember 12, 2011
    Nuevo Leon tacos before your flight! Great food!
  • Mara M.
    Mara MazzoniMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Throw a friendly smile or compliment to the dude checking IDs at security (gates 14+ side). He looks like he needs it.
  • Zack T.
    Zack TurnerJune 9, 2011
    shoe shine across from gate 13 is well worth the $6!
  • Richard
    RichardMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    While food vendors give you a bag for food, gift shops here will charge you for bags; this is not a tax—its a surcharge.
  • Christa L.
    Christa LeeApril 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bar with live music!
  • M-L M.
    M-L McKinley de VanceNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything closes early. Waiting for a colleague to get in at 10pm. Nothing is open.
  • Aprendi
    AprendiApril 3, 2012
    Graciela, una de nuestras viajeras, dice que si quieres llegar al centro en 20 minutos, sube al Cap Metro. Mientras disfrutas el paseo, sube tus historias a Aprendí. Read more
  • Marcia B.
    Marcia BredaMarch 17, 2015
    As guitarras espalhadas dão o tom. Algumas opções para um último barbecue antes do embarque.
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