San Antonio's public transportation system is called VIA Metropolitan and includes 89 bus lines and a small streetcar service downtown. Service is extensive and convenient, and many of San Antonio's popular attractions are easily accessible with public transportation, including: The Alamo, The Japanese Tea Gardens, The Majestic Theater, Mission Conception, and Mission San Jose.

Service costs only $1.20 for an adult to grab a single ride on a regular bus or streetcar and just $2.50 for an express bus. For 15 cents more, you'll get a transfer card good for unlimited rides for 2 1/2 hours. You can also get a day pass for $4.00, an excellent value for anyone visiting. With gas prices rising, it makes sense to ditch the car and hop on public transportation.

Route 7 serves Brackenridge park, The Japenese tea gardens, and The City's Botanical Garden, as well as the downtown area. The 7 runs everyday from about 7 to 6, every hour.

Route 5 serves the airport as well as downtown. It runs everyday from about 6 to 9:30, every 30 minutes during daytime hours. From downtown, you can hop on the historic streetcars, which will get you anywhere in the downtown area in about 10 minutes, or walk for just a slightly increased time; the area is reletively small.

Note: At the airport, the stop for line 5 is on the outer ring of the lower level (same as baggage claim), on the far right past all the other shuttle stops. 

Day passes can be purchased online or at many VIA offices in San Antonio. Most VIA Information Centers are closed on holidays and weekends but you can surely buy your day pass on-board the bus, or at the Downtown Information Center (M-F  7-6, SAT 9-2, located at Commerce and Flores)

 List of VIA routes and schedules

Fare info