Reminder: The Austin City Limits Music Festival is not car-friendly. There’s no parking at Zilker Park, and although some businesses along Barton Springs Road sell spaces, your best bet is to ditch your car and find an alternative. Here are some options to get to the festival and back home at the end of the night.

Shuttle
ACL Fest’s official shuttle service starts picking up passengers from Republic Square Park at Fourth and Guadalupe streets at 10:30 a.m. each day of the festival. Shuttle drop-off and pickup is on Barton Springs Road near the Barton Springs West entrance. The final shuttle returning to Republic Square leaves the park at 11 p.m.

Capital Metro
Cap Metro is ramping up service for both weekends of the festival. ACL Fest and the bus service recommend taking a bus to Republic Square to catch a shuttle, or taking MetroRapid Route 803 and hopping off at the Barton Springs station. Go to capmetro.org or use the app to plan your route.

Scooters/Dockless Bikes
Austin’s latest transportation craze has made its way to ACL Fest as well. Multiple dockless mobility companies in Austin have teamed up to rent out the lot on Toomey Road. Closest to the Barton Springs East entrance, the Toomey Lot will be a mandatory dockless mobility drop-off zone. There will also be limited secondary parking on Azie Morton Road.

If you rode to the festival, don’t head back to the Toomey Lot to grab a scooter or bike — the devices will be dispersed away from parking areas to prevent congestion.

Personal Bikes/B-cycle
Bicyclists will dismount and park at the same lots as dockless riders, either in the lots on Toomey Road or limited secondary parking on Azie Morton Road. There will also be limited dockless-free parking along Stratford Drive. There will be racks provided, but bring your own lock to secure your ride.

You can also grab a B-cycle from anywhere around Austin and drop it off at the dock on Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street, a short walk from the Barton Springs East entrance.

Ride shares
ACL Fest has partnered with Uber as the official ride share for this year’s fest, promising ease and “exclusive surprises" for riders. To head to the festival, type in “Zilker Park” or “Austin City Limits Music Festival” to take you to the nearest drop-off point. Of course, Uber isn't the only ride share available — you can use your preferred app and the same pick-up and drop-off rules will apply. 

When you’re ready to call a ride home, head toward the corner of Barton Springs and South Lamar or cross the Mopac pedestrian bridge to Veterans Drive.

Walking
Burn some calories before you enter the fest — the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail offers an easy route from downtown to the park. The trail also features some handy amenities, including water fountains, restrooms and trash cans.