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Carly from Wisconsin asked

Need to Rent a Car?

I have a trip planned to Austin at the end of May. We are staying right downtown. It seems like there is a Metro Rail to use for public transportation or taxis but no Uber or Lyft. We are not afraid to walk around most of the day. Does anyone suggest renting a car or think it is necessary to see the city? 


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answered first by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

Walk and Cap Metro ( Bus) are good options. Lots of connections downtown . Also goes South of the river  to Clubs & Shopping. Music Antone'sContinental ClubSaxon Pub( South Lamar).  On nice weather days nice hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. Near trail end is Chuy's Restaurant good new style TexMex . traditional Mex- Matt's Famous El Rancho ( since 1957) on South Lamar.  Franklin Barbecue  in East Austin is good , but get there early & check online too. Near Downtown Iron Works BBQ quite good...Also trailer dinning has many options now. Right now teams are rolling soon TXRD Roller derby ( Thunderdome just south of downtown) fun to catch  bouts. 1 or 2 a month. $12-1$7 a ticket 

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  4. Lady Bird Lake (attraction)
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  6. Matt's Famous El Rancho (restaurant)
  7. Franklin Barbecue (restaurant)
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  9. Iron Works BBQ (restaurant)
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Rachel from New York City

There is Uber and Lyft in Austin. They were out for a while but came back several months ago. And there are other taxi services. If you are staying within the downtown, then walking around is doable. 

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Uber and Lyft are in Austin, so no issues! MetroRail is actually pretty limited. Bus is decent. You can also take a pedicab, which is a great way to experience downtown. You don't need to rent a car.

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