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Dallas to San Antonio via Waco

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Dallas to San Antonio road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dallas to San Antonio. If you're planning a road trip to San Antonio, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Dallas
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:30 am  Waco
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:30 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:13 pm  Austin
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:13 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

6:03 pm  New Braunfels
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:03 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

7:42 pm  arrive in San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio

driving ≈ 4.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Waco  (7 answers)
    Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (2 mentions)
    Dr Pepper Museum  (2 mentions)
    Flying J  (2 mentions)
    questions about Waco:
        RV parks in or near Waco Texas.

Austin  (178 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    hotels around Austin:
        Hotel San Jose
        The W Austin Hotel
        The Driskill Hotel
        Austin Motel
        Hotel Saint Cecilia
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        What's the best neighborhood in Austin for a first time visitor?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?

New Braunfels  (12 answers)
    restaurants around New Braunfels:
        Gruene Hall


Where's the best place to stay in San Antonio?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Antonio.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Palacio del Rio, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Embassy Suites  (3 mentions)
Mokara Hotel & Spa  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Antonio?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Acenar  (4 mentions)
Bliss  (3 mentions)
Luke  (3 mentions)
The Guenther House  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in San Antonio?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
The Alamo  (8 mentions)
The Alamo  (5 mentions)
Pearl Brewery  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Antonio. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in San Antonio?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?  (11 answers)

profile  Pattie from Boise asked:
Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?  (10 answers)

profile  Patrick from Shreveport asked:
Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Antonio.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Antonio to Dallas drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Dallas to San Antonio. Or get a full Dallas to San Antonio flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Dallas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Dallas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 277 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 17 minutes
125 Dallas travel answers
7 Waco travel answers
178 Austin travel answers
12 New Braunfels travel answers
91 San Antonio travel answers





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