San Antonio’s Mission Trail Travel Tips

 

  • Unless you want to see numerous antique knives and guns, skip the highly advertised Battle of Texas at the RiverCenter and save $20.  You can learn more by watching the free film in the Long Barrack at the actual Alamo;
  • The Alamo is obviously a busy place; if you want photo’s free from vendors and visitors, drop by around 7 am;
  • The grounds at the Missions: San Juan, Jose, Concepcion, and Espada are spacious with adequate room for picnicking, lounging and reflecting.  I found the Espada to be the most quaint and peaceful.

Transportation / Parking

By Car –

The missions are easily accessible by car with plenty of parking. The Alamo is the only exception. Its downtown location will require street or parking garage parking. Highly consider taking a bus or bike.

By Bike –

The Mission Trail is about a 20-mile loop.  Antonio has a nice bike sharing program. The use of bikes does require membership $12 daily or $18per month.   With this fee your entitled to unlimited bike use. The only caveat is that it has to be docked at one of the dozens of racks every hour.  You can check out another bike or incur additional fees if going beyond an hour.    Check out the latest terms and conditions at SWell Cycle.

By Bus –

The local public transportation system, Viva, offers a Missions route (Route 40).  An all-day pass is $2.75 and the buses run the 20-mile loop every 20-25 minutes.   Tickets and route schedules can be found at Viva Missions.  A Mobile app can also be found VIA goMobile.

 

Mission Locations & Hours

Mission San Antonio De Valero, The Alamo – 300 Alamo Plaza (9:00-7:00) Closes at 5:30 Labor-Memorial days

Mission Concepcion – 807 Mission Road (9:00-7:00)

Mission San Jose‘ (Visitor Center) – 6701 San Jose Drive (9:00-7:00)

Mission San Juan – 9101 Graf Road (10:00-7:00)

Mission Espada – 10040 Espada Road (10:00-7:00)

 

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