Things in San Antonio tend to be moderately priced, especially for a large city that’s a major tourist hub. You can drop a lot of money here, but you’ll also find plenty of hotel and restaurant bargains. Museums and other indoor attractions won’t break the bank. 

It’s always advisable to bring money in a variety of forms on a vacation: a mix of cash, credit cards, and ATM cards. Credit and debit cards are the most widely used form of payment: You must have a credit card (not a debit card) to rent a car, and hotels usually require a credit card imprint as a deposit against expenses. Increasingly, however, people are using smart phones linked to bank accounts instead of credit or debit cards: Apple Pay for iPhones and other devices with iOS platforms (www.apple.com/apple-pay/where-to-use) and Google Pay for Android devices (https://pay.google.com/about/where-to-use). 

Frommer’s lists prices in the local currency. The currency conversion rates we list here were correct at press time, but rates fluctuate—before you leave on your trip, consult a currency-exchange website such as www.xe.com to get up-to-the-minute rates.

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What Things Cost in San Antonio (in US$)

Ride-share from airport to city center: 24.00

Adult fare day pass on bus San Antonio: 2.75/2.50

Gallon of gas (Texas average): 2.60

Double at St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio (expensive): 300.00

Double at Holiday Inn Express—San Antonio Riverwalk (inexpensive): 89.00

Dinner for one, without wine, at Bliss in San Antonio (expensive): 65.00

Dinner for one, without beer, at Schilo’s, San Antonio (inexpensive): 12.00

Long-neck beer, bar: 5.00

Soft drink at restaurant: 2.00

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Cup of espresso: 3.50

Movie ticket, adult (average): 11.00

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.