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City Population1,296,682

Elevation650 ft.

Sales TaxMunicipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of San Antonio is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 16.75 percent.

Emergency911

Police (non-emergency)(210) 207-7273

Fire (non-emergency)(210) 207-7744

Time(210) 226-3232

Temperature(830) 609-2029

HospitalsBaptist Medical Center, (210) 297-7000; Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, (210) 757-2200; Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-3000; Northeast Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-2000; University Hospital, (210) 358-4000.

Visitor Information San Antonio's Official Visitor Information Center 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205. Phone:(210)244-2000 or (800)447-3372

Air TravelSan Antonio International Airport (SAT), 7 miles north of downtown via Broadway Avenue, I-410 and SR 281, is served by U.S. and Mexican airlines. Taxis into the city charge $29-$35 depending on the departure point.

Rental CarsHertz, (210) 841-8800 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail ServiceThe Amtrak station is at 350 Hoefgen Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (210) 223-3226 or (800) 872-7245.

BusesThe Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 500 N. St. Mary's St.; phone (210) 270-5868 or (800) 231-2222.

TaxisSan Antonio taxis are metered. The average fare is $2.50 when you enter the cab plus $2.60 for each mile. A $1 surcharge is added for trips between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Four passengers can ride for a single fare. The major company is Yellow Cab, (210) 222-2222. Boat taxis travel the river's downtown loop daily 9-9 (weather permitting). A one-way fare is $10, an all-day fare is $12, and a 3-day fare is $25. Phone (210) 244-5700 or (800) 417-4139.

Public TransportationVIA Metropolitan Transit provides public transportation consisting of buses and streetcars. Buses are routed through all sections of town; one bus even whisks shoppers from mall to mall on I-410. Express buses run daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Vintage streetcars travel three main city routes daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later, swinging by attractions, shopping areas and other key locations about every 10 minutes.

The fare for basic bus and streetcar service is $1.30; 65c (ages 5-11 and 62+). The express bus fare is $2.60; $1.30 (ages 5-11 and 62+). Exact change is required. A one-day pass offering unlimited bus and streetcar service costs $2.75 and is available at the San Antonio Visitor Center or any VIA Information and Transit Center. For schedules, routing and other information phone (210) 362-2020 or TTY (210) 362-2019.

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Travel Information

City Population

1,296,682

Elevation

650 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of San Antonio is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 16.75 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7273

Fire (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7744

Time

(210) 226-3232

Temperature

(830) 609-2029

Hospitals

Baptist Medical Center, (210) 297-7000; Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, (210) 757-2200; Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-3000; Northeast Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-2000; University Hospital, (210) 358-4000.

Visitor Information

317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205. Phone:(210)244-2000 or (800)447-3372

Air Travel

San Antonio International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (210) 841-8800 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station is at 350 Hoefgen Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (210) 223-3226 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 500 N. St. Mary's St.; phone (210) 270-5868 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

San Antonio taxis are metered. The average fare is $2.50 when you enter the cab plus $2.60 for each mile. A $1 surcharge is added for trips between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Four passengers can ride for a single fare. The major company is Yellow Cab, (210) 222-2222. Boat taxis travel the river's downtown loop daily 9-9 (weather permitting). A one-way fare is $10, an all-day fare is $12, and a 3-day fare is $25. Phone (210) 244-5700 or (800) 417-4139.

Public Transportation

VIA Metropolitan Transit provides public transportation consisting of buses and streetcars. Buses are routed through all sections of town; one bus even whisks shoppers from mall to mall on I-410. Express buses run daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Vintage streetcars travel three main city routes daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later, swinging by attractions, shopping areas and other key locations about every 10 minutes.

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