30 miles south of Austin, TX and accessible by car, train, bus, or bike.
From Austin or San Antonio, I-35 is the paved pathway to San Marcos. Guests arriving by car are encouraged to use our free parking lot to the left of the house. There is also plenty of free on-street parking throughout the neighborhood (mind the signs and don't block driveways or mailboxes).
Amtrak services San Marcos twice a day at San Marcos Station (SMC); less than one mile from The Yellow House Hostel. Train tickets cost between $10 and $15. It's late about half the time; sometimes up to an hour and rarely several hours. The bus is much more punctual (and cheaper).
These times are correct as of 20 Feb 2020. You should double-check with Amtrak for their most current schedule.
From it's Austin Bus Station, Greyhound departs once in the morning and again in the evening.
From it's San Antonio Bus Station, Greyhound also departs once in the morning and again in the evening.
You should double-check with Greyhound for their most current schedule.
CARTS services San Marcos multiple times on weekdays (but does not operate on weekends or holidays) at San Marcos Station. Tickets are $4 (which is the cheapest way to get here) and you'll need exact change to ride. There are bike racks on every bus, so this is the only way to transport your bicycle to/from San Marcos. There is no CARTS service to/from San Antonio. With up to 12 trips on weekdays, CARTS is more punctual, dependable, and affordable than Amtrak or Greyhound.
In Austin, CARTS stops at Plaza Saltillo (with connections to Austin's Metro Rail) and Southpark Meadows Station (which is not a station but a bus stop next to the PetsMart at Cullen & Turk) with connections to Austin's Capital Metro.
This information is current as of 20 Feb 2020. Check CARTS for their most up-to-date schedule.
FlixBus is a new service to/from San Marcos. We don't have any experience with it yet, but it looks like it runs once or twice a day and their tickets cost about $7. We'll make updates once they're available.
More info about biking in San Marcos can be found here.
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