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“A great way to spend an afternoon”
Review of Hill Country Flyer

Hill Country Flyer
Ranked #138 of 336 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: Weekly train ride that tours on a 33-mile journey through Texas' Hill Country.
Reviewed 16 October 2013

If you like trains and want to see some hill country sights in a unique way, this train is for you!
This is a perfect thing to do in spring or fall when the weather is not too hot (most cars do not have air conditioning unless you get the upgrade section). It does not cost that much to ride and the trip to Burnet takes just a couple of hours.

When you get to Burnet, there are a few restaurants you can eat at and also a lot of little shops. Women will really like this! Its a nice little town and they actually had some old West re-en actors that rode the train with us and did some skits when we got to Burnet. That was nice little extra touch.

I'd like to go again and take more people next time. Its a great outing for couples or with family and friends.

14  Thank Scotts_Travel_Tips
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

This is still billed as a steam train, though a diesel has replaced the steam locomotive while it's out for overhaul for an extended time. Nevertheless, the cars are all interesting and authentic, dating from the 1920s to 1950s. There are different schedules -- we took the longest trip, six hours overall, from Austin to Burnet and back. We wound up in the First Class Coach section because it was air conditioned and the day was humid. The Hill Country is usually dry and the other cars wouldn't be too uncomfortable.

The crew are mostly volunteer enthusiasts, so they're enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The layover in Burnet requires walking several blocks to really enjoy. Accommodations for those with limited mobility are described on their website. Do visit the website to learn the differences between the different cars, levels of service, and prices.

The route doesn't include spectacular views, but there are a few points of historical interest and we enjoyed it quite a lot.

10  Thank Lee W
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My husband purchased tickets for the Austin Steam Train to celebrate my birthday. He went all out and purchased the most expensive seats. They weren't worth the price. BUT, the train ride was nice and relaxing. Some of the cars are air conditioned, some are not. We moved to a car that was not air conditioned, but we were traveling in the evening so the ride was pleasant. The scenery is a mix of greenery, neighborhoods, and heavily traveled roads. Remember it is following a set of train tracks that were not built specifically for the attraction and all will be well. The crew was nice and knowledgeable. Suggestion: Read the website (austinsteamtrain.org) before buying your tickets. It is excellent in explaining what to expect, including the unexpected.

14  Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

My husband is a train freak - so we ride lots of trains. This was one of the best ones. The car we rode in was so nice and very comfortable. The scenery on the trip was nice. The whole experience was very family friendly. It wasva great trip.

6  Thank grandmato2
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Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

A joyous, fun day with my daughter and her best friend! The staff was absolutely wonderful!!! Highly recommend!

4  Thank sarakkd
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