Ah, traffic. Austin has its fair share of bumper-to-bumper traffic, especially if you are going to be commuting to and from the suburbs to downtown Austin. Here’s my estimation of how long it takes to get to downtown (or home) from the Austin area:

Non-rush hour commute times to downtown Austin

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Rush hour commute times to downtown Austin

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Downtown commute times by area

Neighborhood Off-peak minutes Rush hour minutes
Downtown 0 – 5 0 – 5
Central Austin 5 – 15 5 – 20
South Austin – 78704 5 – 10 5 – 20
South Austin – South of 290 10 – 20 20 – 30
Southwest Austin 10 – 20 30 – 45
West Austin/WestLake 10 – 20 15 – 35
West Suburbs 20 – 30 30 – 45
North Suburbs 20 – 40 35 – 1 hr 15
East Austin 5 – 10 10 – 20
Southeast Austin 10 – 20 15 – 30

 

Wondering how I figured these out? It’s totally unscientific, but I’ve asked friends and scoured chat boards. You may do well to ask neighbors for their opinions, because I’ve found that one person’s 20 minutes is another’s 45.