How to Get to SXSW at the Last Minute

South by Southwest starts this weekend in Austin, and if you’ve decided to go at the last minute, it’s not too late to get there for cheap!

Take a bus to SXSW, and you can make it to the festival without spending all your money.

The cheapest trips to SXSW are obviously from other places in Texas. From San Antonio, it’s only $5 for a one-way ticket to Austin, while a ticket from Houston to Austin will only set you back $18. And from Dallas, the trip to SXSW is just $19 one way.

You can also still find cheap tickets to Austin from cities outside Texas, too. A one-way ticket from New Orleans to Austin is only about $65 one way.

And you can even get to Austin from Monterrey, Mexico for less than $50 one way!

Once you make it to Austin, you can find plenty of SXSW events that you don’t need one of the super expensive badges or cheaper-but-still-expensive wristbands to access. Check out the list of official SXSW free events, which includes film screenings, workshops, and performances. Some of these events require you to sign up for a SXSW Guest Pass, but it’s free!

For unofficial parties and events, you should check social media and make sure to RSVP! You can also use RSVPster to automatically RSVP for you – there is a fee, but it’s certainly cheaper than a badge or a wristband.

So don’t miss out on SXSW because you think it’s too late! Book a ticket to Austin on or by downloading the Wanderu app!

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Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski is on a mission to spread delight while inspiring and encouraging people to travel. Her favorite travel companion is her teddy bear, and her favorite souvenir is the scar from the broken nose she got in a snowball fight in Québec City.

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