Car Hire from San Antonio Airport
San Antonio Airport is located on the South Texas Plains, a region of desert landscapes, Spanish and Mexican history and quaint hill towns. Hiring a car from San Antonio Airport is a great way to get around the state and discover more of its hidden gems and highlights.
Where to hire a car at San Antonio Airport
There are lots of car hire companies to choose from at San Antonio Airport. These include Advantage, Alamo, Dollar, Firefly, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National and Thrifty. All car hire desks are located in Terminal A.
Petrol Stations near San Antonio Airport
If you have hired a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel it before dropping it off.
The closest petrol station to San Antonio Airport is located just five minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s a Shell garage on route 410 heading east.
Driving around San Antonio Airport
San Antonio Airport sits on an excellent road network. From the airport, it’s easy to get to route 410, an inner ring road around San Antonio city, providing routes into the city and in all other directions. Another major road running past the airport is the 281. This route travels north to Marble Falls and Lampasas as well as south to San Antonio city centre and the Mexican border. Route 281 also provides connections to route 1604, San Antonio’s outer ring road.
Roads around San Antonio are well-maintained and well-signposted. Cars drive on the right and overtake on the left. Drivers are allowed to turn right on a red light as long as there is no sign prohibiting it and it is prohibited to park within 15 metres of a fire hydrant.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from San Antonio Airport there are lots of great Texan destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
San Antonio is the third largest city in Texas. It’s a multicultural place, full of Mexican and Spanish heritage, and home to the Alamo, the site of the famous battle of 1836. Visitors can enjoy all of the usual big city attractions including museums, galleries, parks and restaurants as well as theme parks, Sea Word, Six Flags Fiesta and Splashtown.
It takes around 15 minutes to drive from San Antonio Airport to San Antonio city centre, taking route 281. Traffic can be congested in the centre during rush hours but generally, with two ring road systems, getting around the city is easy. City centre streets are laid out over a grid system and road names are often preceded by either N, S, E or W, denoting the district and axis of the road.
New Braunfels is a small hill town with German heritage. The town is located close to the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers which offer beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Other attractions include Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, home to over 50 different animal species.
New Braunfels is a 30 minute drive from San Antonio Airport, taking the route 410 ring road east before picking up route 35 heading northeast. The small town is set over a rough diagonal grid system and is relatively easy to navigate.
The university town of San Marcos lies northeast of San Antonio. The San Marcos River runs through the centre of the town and visitors will find many parks and restaurants along its banks. Other local attractions include Wonder World, a cave and theme park, and Rio Vista Park, an outdoor water park with an artificial white water rafting course.
It takes around 40 minutes to drive from San Antonio Airport to San Marcos, taking route 410 east and then route 35 northeast. Traffic around the town is usually light and there is lots of free parking available.