Transportation Alternatives for the King William Fair

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Festival goers walk in the 2014 King William Parade and Fair.

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Planning your visit to the depths of downtown San Antonio for some good ol’ fashioned Fiesta fun doesn’t have to feel like a daunting task. The staff and volunteers who organize the King William Fair have gathered various means of alternative transportation along with parking options.

Being prepared with your transportation plan helps the Fair achieve the City’s highest Green Event Certification level year after year, and sharing a ride or using a bicycle will go a long way.

Parking

Limited free parking spaces at the City of San Antonio Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center (One Stop) parking lots located at 1901 and 1902 S. Alamo St. (at South Flores Street), which is less than an 8-minute walk to the fair admission gate on Guenther and King William streets. 

There are paid parking spaces for $11 per vehicle located across the street from the Federal Building in Hemisfair at 727 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. (at Indianola Street) and for $10 per vehicle in the Alamodome’s Parking Lot B on South Cherry Street (at East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard). You will need to take the VIA bus to the Fair once you have parked at the Alamodome, but don’t worry – the Fair is less than a mile from this parking location. VIA Bus Routes 26 and 30 both stop at the Alamodome and run approximately every 30 minutes. Regular bus fare is $1.30 per person one way. 

There is limited parking throughout the remaining King William and Southtown area. Please pay attention to permanent and temporary parking restriction signs. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed. Fair visitors may park in nearby commercial lots and walk to the Fair. Some property owners and parking lots may have parking spaces for sale, typically between $10 and $30 per day.

Bus Schedule

VIA Park and Ride is available between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. VIA will drop you off and pick you up on South Main Avenue at East Guenther Streets and will only cost you $5 roundtrip ($2.50 per person each way). Discounted VIA tickets are available for seniors and students. Buses may leave as often as every 15 minutes, depending on the volume.

Here are your VIA Park and Ride options:

  • From Airport Park and Ride (Airport and Northern boulevards)
  • From Crossroads Park and Ride (at Loop 410 and I-10, 151 Crossroads Blvd.)
  • From Madla Transit Center Park and Ride (at SW Military and I-35 S, 1584 Cantrell Dr.)
  • Drop-off and pick-up on South Main Avenue at East Guenther Street

If you choose not to use the VIA Park and Ride option, these bus routes run through the King William neighborhood:

  • Route 11 – bus stop on South Alamo and South St. Mary’s streets
  • Route 34 – bus stop on South St. Mary’s and South Alamo streets
  • Route 40 – bus stop onSouth St. Mary’s and South Alamo streets
  • Route 42 – bus stop onSouth St. Mary’s and South Alamo streets
  • Route 51 – bus stop onSouth St. Mary’s and South Alamo streets
  • Route 54 – bus stop onSouth Alamo and South St. Mary’s streets

Fore additional information, visit VIA’s website or VIA’s customer service line at (210) 362-2020.

Bicycling

Bicycle Valet will be available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Small Planet eBikes, 1203 S. Alamo St. This donation-based service is sponsored by our local bicycle club, The Wild Dogs. Ride up and leave your bicycle in a safe and secure area under the Lone Star Beer tent, get a claim check, enjoy the Fair, and tell everyone you know (especially those who complain about the parking!) to ride their bikes to the Fair.

SWell Cycle, formerly B-Cycle, will have staff on hand at its station at South Alamo at Pereida streets (across the street from Liberty Bar) to accommodate people who come to the Fair on SWell Cycles, taking and parking SWell Cycles even if the dock is full. Park north of downtown and enjoy a pleasant bike ride to the Fair from one of the SWell stations located at Pearl, The Witte, Summer Moon at Tripoint, or San Antonio Water System’s main office.

Enjoy riding SWell Cycle at a discounted rate of $8 using promo code 042818 on Fair Day! Visit swellcycle.bcycle.com for information and make sure to download the B-cycle app for station locations and directions.

Rideshare/Taxi

Take advantage of the many rideshare and taxi options to arrive at the Fair without having to find parking. Use our designated rideshare/taxi drop-off and pick-up location at 700 South Main and East Arsenal streets just two short blocks from our Arsenal Street Bridge admission gate.

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  1. See animated VIA Bus 11 and 40 in the new website, NatureTrailMaps.net. Touch or click map 67 in NatureTrailMpas.net, then touch “V” for VIA Bus in the legend. Touch or click a River Walk trail and you get distances between streets. Ideas to improve this website are welcome.

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