Getting There

Plan Ahead!!

Everyone in town loves the Trail of Lights, so this year, whether walking, biking or in need of a ride, we’ve got plenty of options for you. We’ve extended transportation and parking options so that you can find the right one for your friends and family in advance. Take our advice and plan ahead so that when the night comes all you have to do is relax and enjoy your evening at the Trail.

Parking and Driving Directions

Close-in parking at Zilker Park / Trail of Lights is available only with a pre-paid parking pass. There are a limited number available each night and all parking must be purchased in advance, online. Purchase parking for $15 per vehicle (plus service charges). Parking will not be sold onsite. Parking lots open at 5:30pm nightly. Display printed parking pass on your dashboard.

NOTE: Parking is prohibited in surrounding neighborhoods. Please respect the residents of the Zilker Park area and Rollingwood. Public safety personnel will enforce parking regulations.

With a prepaid parking pass, you will be able to access our event parking with your pass anytime between 5:30pm and when the event concludes at 10pm. Please follow the driving directions indicated on your parking pass as street closures will be in effect. Present your pass to parking/traffic attendants upon arrival, and then follow their guidance from there to access the actual lot. Please display your parking pass on our dashboard once parked. One parking pass per vehicle.

Please leave plenty of time to arrive at Zilker Park. This is a very popular event in the center of the city; expect traffic delays approaching Zilker Park.

Purchase Parking Passes!

Please leave plenty of time to arrive at Zilker Park. This is a very popular event in the center of the city and you should still expect traffic delays approaching Zilker Park.

From the north :

  • Travel south on Mopac to the Barton Skyway exit
  • Turn left onto Barton Skyway and then left onto the Mopac frontage road
  • Continue on the MOPAC frontage road towards Bee Caves Road
  • Head straight through the light at Bee Caves Road and look for parking personnel to direct you to the parking lot

From the south:

  • Travel north on Mopac to the Barton Skyway exit
  • Continue on the MOPAC frontage road towards Bee Caves Road
  • Head straight through the light at Bee Caves Road and look for parking personnel to direct you to the parking lot

From downtown Austin:

  • Take West 5th or Cesar Chavez to MOPAC
  • Enter MOPAC southbound
  • Travel south on Mopac to the Barton Skyway exit
  • Turn left onto Barton Skyway and then left onto the Mopac frontage road
  • Continue on the MOPAC frontage road towards Bee Caves Road
  • Head straight through the light at Bee Caves Road and look for parking personnel to direct you to the parking lot

From east or west:

  • Identify the easiest route to MOPAC from your location and take the directions above based on whether you are south or north of Zilker Park

Rideshare

The ride share pick up / drop off will be located near the Zilker Tree, adjacent to event parking. Drivers are aware of the street closures surrounding Zilker Park and will be instructed to use this designated drop off and pick up location.

Head to the Trail with our preferred rideshare partner Lyft! New users can get $5 off their first ride by applying code: TRAIL2018

Trail of Lights Shuttle

The Shuttle will operate from two locations on select nights ~ Republic Square downtown Austin, and Toney Burger Event Center in south Austin.

Shuttles will operate on December 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2018

Pricing and tickets will be available late October. Shuttle Tickets INCLUDE your Trail of Lights general admission gate ticket on the paid nights. Lap children ride free (infant/toddler).

Shuttle tickets can be purchased in advance online, or in person upon arrival at each shuttle location.

Avoid the traffic and take a shuttle to the front gate from multiple convenient locations around Austin:

1. Burger Center (3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745)

2. Republic Square Park (422 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701)

First shuttle departs Burger Center and Republic Square Park at 5:30 pm. Last shuttle departs shuttle stops at 8:30pm. Return shuttles from Zilker will run until 10:30 pm.

Shuttles are ADA accessible and have room for wheelchair storage.

Foldable strollers are permitted on shuttles.

If guests just want to ride the shuttle and enjoy general admission Trail entry for the night, shuttle guests can enter thru the “prepaid” admission lines at the Trail and do not need to pay for a separate GA ticket – the shuttle pass allows a ride and GA entry. However if a guest wants to participate in the shuttle program and ZIP early entry, then both a separate shuttle and ZIP pass are needed.

Purchase Shuttle Passes!

Bike or Walk

Live close by? Then take a stroll or a quick bike ride down to the park to enjoy the night and the lights.

Bike racks will be provided across Barton Springs Road from the entrance. An Austin B Cycle station is located across the street from the entrance, as well.

Metro Bus or Rail

CapMetro can get you close. Take the #3, #4, #30 or #338 bus lines or hop on the rail, which runs until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights

#3: Burnet / Manchaca - Route Details

#4: Montopolis - Route Details

#30: Barton Creek Square - Route Details

#338: Lamar / 45th - Route Details

MetroRail : Route Details