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Stick with us to get the latest and greatest San Antonio International Airport parking info and lots of tips on hotspots for pre-flight shopping and cuisines.
But before we get into the airport parking nitty gritty, if you’re traveling in from elsewhere in Texas (or even a little further), taking some extra time to explore San Antonio is a smart move.
One spot that history fans never miss is The Alamo – this historic spot is popular with sightseers from home and abroad. And exploring the River Walk is also a favorite activity – this scenic walkway not only affords the chance for a little gentle exercise, but also takes you past (or into) lovely bars, shops, and restaurants along the way.
Other attractions include San Antonio Zoo and SeaWorld Antonio, with its amazing marine creatures, shows and rides. And if you (and your kids) love theme parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has water rides, roller coasters and more.
But there’s more. The rock formations of the Natural Bridge Caverns look like they’re from another planet. The San Antonio Missions are UNSECO World Heritage Sites and The Pearl is a historic neighborhood reclaimed as a buzzing arts and entertainment hub.
And there’s something for arts fans too. The McNay Art Museum has a superb collection of American and European art, while the Witte Museum showcases Mexican and Southwestern art.
Fancy some evening entertainment? The Barley Swine is a gorgeous gastropub serving up traditional dishes with a creative twist, and the Esquire Tavern is the perfect place to see a live music gig.
Meanwhile, The Friendly Spot lives up to its name with relaxed vibes and friendly locals, while The Lost Abbey specializes in craft beers. And if you like the sound of city views and fresh air, try The Monterey.
After all those attractions and distractions, you’ll probably be hungry. In which case, Bistro Vatel is an excellent restaurant serving contemporary remixes of classic French dishes, and Cured is known for its charcuterie and small dish menu.
For authentic Mexican spice, The Fonda San Miguel is a good pick, while The Original Ninfa’s on the Riverwalk is a renowned Tex-Mex establishment with an impeccable local reputation.
Find the best deals at San Antonio International Airport
There are a few ways to find good San Antonio International Airport parking.
Firstly, a very specific search on sites like Google and Bing can garner results. You can also look for discount parking coupons on the official SAT website and if you’ll consider offsite parking, these lots are usually cheaper.
It’s definitely worth checking airport parking sites and apps too (recommendations to follow later).
Compare parking at San Antonio International Airport
With 12,250 spaces, the parking provision at SAT is generous and it’s split between four onsite garages and a cell phone lot.
It’s quite astounding to think that cellphones weren’t even invented when the airport was founded in 1929 as San Antonio Municipal Airport. Renamed after mayor Robert Mueller in 1942, it benefited from a huge expansion in 1953 that added a new terminal building, runway, and control tower.
More expansion followed in subsequent years, with a second terminal building opening in 1984 and a new international terminal opening in 2010. With 5 runways and two terminals presently, SAT serves a peak 10 million passengers annually.
With major economic clout in the region, SAT supports 30,000 jobs and injects $2 billion into the local economy annually.
What parking is there at San Antonio International Airport?
Two airport parking comparison sites that are usually worth checking out are Looking4Parking and APH – Looking4Parking aggregates deals from several garages around SAT and APH can sometimes offer discounts on long stay and valet parking.
But for now, let’s consider your official SAT parking options.
Located next to the terminal, the short-term garage isn’t the most affordable SAT parking option but it is the most convenient.
Just a short stroll from the terminal, the Long-term garage is priced more keenly than short-term and is the best choice if you’ll be away for more than a couple of days.
This is the farthest SAT parking option from the terminal but it’s also the cheapest – perfect if you’re price-focused.
Cell phone lot
Ideal for picking up and dropping off passengers, the SAT cellphone lot offers free parking for the fist two hours.
Available in both the short-term and long-term garage, valet parking is the most expensive option but if you want the smoothest parking service possible, it might be worth paying extra.
Getting to San Antonio International Airport
Luckily, its pretty simple to drive to SAT from the nearest towns and cities.
From Boerne, take the I-10 East to exit 165A, turn left onto Airport Boulevard and the airport will be on your right.
If you’re driving from New Braunfels, take I-35 North to exit 179A, turn left onto FM 78 and right onto Airport Boulevard, and the airport will be on your right.
From Schertz, take Loop 1604 East to exit 25, turn left onto Airport Boulevard and you’ll soon see SAT on your right.
Rolling in from San Marcos? Take I-35 South to exit 181A, turn right onto FM 78 and right onto Airport Boulevard and SAT will pop up on your right.
From San Antonio, take I-10 East or I-35 South to Exit 165A, turn left onto Airport Boulevard and the airport will be on your right.
In general, give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, especially if you’re traveling during rush hour, check traffic conditions prior to leaving and follow the airport signs.
Facilities at San Antonio International Airport
Facilities and amenities at San Antonio International Airport are overall very good.
For instance, as well as boasting a brilliant parking provision, SAT has strong transportation links, including rental cars, shuttles, taxis, and a bus stop right on Airport Boulevard near the airport entrance.
There are a variety of food and beverage options (more details to follow) as well as vending machines, and you’ll also find restrooms located throughout the complex which are usually in great condition.
There’s fast, reliable, and free Wi-Fi throughout the airport so you’ll have no problem staying connected to friends and family, and a selection of airport lounges offer complementary food and drinks and comfortable seating away from the main concourse.
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The retail selection at SAT is decent, with no less than seven duty free stores, including The Loop and DFS.
There’s also a superb collection of newsstands, including NewsLink and Hudson News, while the convenience store offering is backed by Buc-ee’s, Circle K and 7-Eleven, and Barnes & Noble in the main terminal is the place to pick up books of all stripes.
One way to avoid pre-flight arguments (especially when traveling with young kids, teenagers, or seniors) is to make sure everyone is suitably fed and watered before they board.
The cuisine scene at SAT includes American classics from Chili’s Grill & Bar, Willie’s Burgers and The Salt Lick, there’s Mexican fare from Lupita’s Taco Cabana and Mi Terra, and Olive Garden and Brio Tuscan grille prop up the Italian section.
Alternatively, when you want a quick caffeine pick-me-up, Peet’s Coffee in the main terminal, and Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts throughout the airport fit the bill, while Sam’s Beer Garden, The Flight Bar and The Hub are popular if you’d prefer something a little stronger.
Another fantastic feature of San Antonio International Airport is its public art programme.
One lovely piece is Suitcase Portraits by local artist Chuck Ramirez. A set of stacked lightboxes depicting open suitcases and what’s inside them, they represent the spirit of travel and flux of people through the airport. Meanwhile, Adelante! San Antonio! Outside the rental car area has a cross between a bird and a plane that represents 24/7 travel.
Essential Expressions is an exhibit featuring multi-media pieces by airport employees and family members located by the Terminal A baggage claim, and there are sculptures throughout the airport by local artists like Luis Jiminez and Robert Summers.
And there you are – a comprehensive guide to San Antonio Airport parking and a lot more besides!