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Traveling around San Antonio/Lackland AFB can be a challenge if you are not used to the area. Here is some information to help make your time in Texas more enjoyable. It is advised to purchase a map and utilize GPS if you have that available. When booking transporation be sure to ask for any special discounts, (such as AARP, Military, Sam’s Club). We recommend renting a car but if that is not an option here are some things that may help.

GPS Address

Pfingston Reception Center (New BMT RC) 1800 Truemper St. Bldg. 6330, Lackland AFB 78236

LUKE GATE 2602-2898 Luke Blvd, Lackland AFB, TX
VALLEY HI GATE 100 Valley Hi Drive, Lackland AFB, TX

Lackland Air Force Base is located on the west side of San Antonio. Take Exit 4 from I-410W and enter through Airman’s Gate. The gate is opened 24 hours a day.

Lackland Air Force Base is served by San Antonio International Airport. The airport is served by several major airlines including Delta, Southwest, United, US Airways, American, and Continental. The airport is located 18 miles from Lackland Air Force Base. Travel from the airports is via four lane divided highway on Interstate 410 or by shuttle service. San Antonio International Airport: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Aviation

Greyhound Bus provides service to San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio borders Lackland Air Force Base. The  station is located at 500 N St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas. Save 15% when you book your tickets online.
Greyhound: http://www.greyhound.com

Amtrak provides train service to San Antonio, Texas. The train station is located at 350 Hoefgen Street, San Antonio, Texas. Amtrak: https://www.amtrak.com

Taxi and RideShare
Local taxi service from San Antonio area is available to Lackland Air Force Base. Please note that unless your taxi driver has a valid military or DoD ID they will not be able to drive on base, but they can drop you off at the Luke East Gate or Valley Hi Visitor Center parking lots.  You can walk on base (provided you have your own Visitor Pass or valid military/DoD ID).  When you call to reserve a cab, you can request a driver with the proper credentials to get on base.  The company will let you know if they have one available to you.  Taxi companies:

* Yellow Cab Taxi (210) 222-2222
* A1 Express Taxi (210) 224-8294
* AAA Taxi Service (210) 599-9999
* National Cab (210) 434-4444
* Towne Car Taxi (210) 826-8294

RideShare programs such as Uber and Lyft are also available in San Antonio, but follow the same base access rules.  Once again that means your driver has to have a valid military or DoD ID to drive on base.  Otherwise, you can be dropped off at the Luke East Gate or Valley Hi Visitor Center parking lots.  You can walk on base (provided you have your own Visitor Pass or valid military/DoD ID).

There are a number of hotels both surrounding San Antonio International Airport and in the downtown area that provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. Hotel shuttles are located outside the baggage claim area for your convenience. Please contact your hotel of choice to inquire whether they offer courtesy shuttle service.
There is a courtesy phone available in the baggage claim area for passengers to call their hotel for specific arrival or departure times for the shuttle service.
Below you will find some hotels that offer this service to their guests.

Aloft Airport Hotel 210-541-8881
Cambria Suites 210-822-1554
Crowne Plaza Airport 210-828-9031
Doubletree 210-366-2424
Drury Inn and Suites 210-308-8100
Embassy Suites (281 N location) 210-525-9999
Embassy Suites (IH 10 west) 210-340-5421
Hampton Inn and Suites 210-558-3999
Hilton Airport 210-340-6060
Holiday Inn Express 210-308-6700
Holiday Inn Select 210-349-9900
Hyatt Place 210-930-2333
La Quinta Airport 210-342-3738
Marriott Courtyard on Broadway 210-828-7200
Marriott NW 210-377-3900
Omni IH 10 West 210-691-8888
Pear Tree Inn 210-366-9300
Red Roof Inn 210-340-4055
SpringHill Suites Airport 210-804-2266
Staybridge Suites Airport 210-341-3220

Ground Transportation options from San Antonio Airport:  http://www.sanantonio.gov/SAT/GroundTransportation.aspx

This is a link for info on a general Airport shuttle services from the Airport to various locations:

Other Shuttle Service: 
Shuttle service is available to 21 locations on base. Schedules are available in various base facilities such as billeting, base libraries, and Bldg 5008 on Gary Avenue.
Shuttle service runs in two directions: Clockwise and counterclockwise. This reduces travel time and allows buses to arrive every 15-20 minutes. Shuttle bus stops are clearly marked. Technical school students are the primary customer base, but others can ride on a space available basis.  (source: Military Installations )

Shuttle Schedule:

shuttle schedule


Here are some other shuttle/transportation options:

Alamo City Shuttle (210-391-9821) is a San Antonio-based company that provides scheduled transportation for families and business travelers when visiting our city. Enjoy Limo-like service without the high price point in a full size passenger van. Alamo City Shuttle & Charter is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. http://www.alamocityshuttle.com/Transportation-to-Lackland-AFB.html

At this time they accept cash only and encourage you to pre-arrange for your shuttle service. That way you can plan how much cash you need to have to pay for the service. Shuttle service is offered to and from the airport, Lackland and many of the area hotels. I talked to Danny today and he’ll give you a good deal. Let him know that you are a part of AFWM! ♥

Call Brymak Bus Co. at (210) 671-1797 (They also provide BUS service on Lackland AFB) Sir William Yellow Cab Services 323-982-5466 (20% Millitary Discount/flat rates)

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METRO Travel

If you are planning on using the bus system (VIA Metropolitan) and purchase a One Day Pass (which includes unlimited rides on all regular, express and streetcar service for the one day indicated on the pass) you should buy the passes prior to Friday and Saturday’s Town Pass with you’re your Airman.

You can purchase online HERE

The one day pass is $4.00. It’s better if you already have the passes before you pick up your Airman on Friday so as to maximize your time together.
Here’s a link to the routes and help planning your trip using VIA: http://www.viainfo.net/trip-planning/