Best Time To Go
If you want to take advantage of Austin’s bigger festivals, know that South by Southwest happens in Spring, and Austin City Limits in early fall—both times of year when the heat hasn’t become unbearable and temperatures hover between 70 and 80 degrees.
Austin’s metro and bus system is not particularly extensive, but in general it connects the north to south side along Congress Avenue. A single ride starts at $1.25, and week-long passes can be purchased for as little as $11.25. B-Cycle is the city’s pay-as-you-go bike borrowing program, and taxis and car services are widely available.
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 95.6°F (35.3°C). January is the coolest month, with an average high of 60.3°F (15.7°C).
Know Before You Go
Even in the dog days of a hot summer, Austin’s weather can be unpredictable. Pack for rain or sudden drops in temperature, especially at night, even if days are expected to be sweltering. And because of the major events it hosts, as well as being a college town, there is an active partying scene. The city has launched a major “Get Home Safe” campaign to help revelers have accessible to responsible ways to get home.
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