Tipping: Taxicab drivers, bartenders and waiters get about 15% for standard service. Hotel doormen and valet parkers should be tipped about $2, and bellhops should be given $2 per bag. Chambermaids usually are given $2 per day, which can be left on the pillow.

Driving: The minimum driving age in Texas is 16, and drivers must possess a valid U.S. or international driver's license. Speed limits and traffic rules are strictly enforced. Texas state law requires the use of seat belts in all private vehicles. A right turn on a red light after stopping is permitted unless otherwise indicated. Pedestrians have the right of way.

Services for the Physically Challenged: Austin provides telephone referrals and information about accessibility and services for the disabled. Call 512-478-9647. Hearing-impaired persons with a TDD/TTY machine may call 512-385-5872.

Austin Visitor Center: (602 E. Fourth St., Austin 78701) Let our friendly staff guide your stay in Austin. Stop by our downtown Visitor Center for information on tours of the city, events, can't-miss dining, attractions and live music suggestions. While you're there, browse around Austin's official gift shop. You'll find everything from Austin souvenirs to University of Texas memorabilia to our annual Austin Music CD. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for major holidays.)

Getting Around:

Bus: Capital Metro (512-474-1200) Pay as you go or purchase a day pass online or on the bus. Plan your trip daily online.

Car: All major rental car companies are located at the airport (ABIA) and also have locations throughout the city.