After an evening enjoying Austin's nightlife, it might be a great idea to find someone to help you home. As part of KVUE's "Drive Alive Austin" project, here's a list of options and tips to get you home safe and sound.

Cab Companies:

Cab Tips:

1. A good thing to know: whether a cab is vacant or not. Roof light lit? Not occupied. Light not on? Occupied or off duty.

2. What's the worst time to try and get a cab? Right when you want to leave, or right when the bars close. If it's late and there's a two hour wait just to get home, use an e-hail app like Uber or Lyft.

3. If you have your wits about you, try and make the call before the bars close, unless you want to vie with hundreds of others at the same time to get home.

4. Even sneakier, there are taxi-finding apps. Try Taxi Magic or HailACab.

Rideshare Apps:

Uber operates through a downloadable app. The app finds your exact location via GPS, and lets you choose the closest driver.

Lyft is a similar concept to Uber. You can request a ride by tapping a button and they come to where you are.


What's this pedicab business? Go here to learn more.

Or…take the rail.

Go here for the general Capital Metro schedule for information about bus, rail and shuttle schedules.

  • Go here for the northbound MetroRail line.
  • Go here for the southbound MetroRail line.

You can toggle through the schedules in those links to adjust the schedule if you're traveling on a weekday or weekend.

If you're completely out of luck, take the rail. It goes later on the weekends. So, depending on your location, this might be your best bet.

Go here for more transportation options from the City of Austin.