The Walker family has worked in the transportation business since 1963, when it opened a six-car rental operation in San Antonio. In 2006, the family sold the rental company—which had since grown into an international enterprise—to focus exclusively on its Texas-based limousine and shuttle services. Abbey Walker Executive Cars & Limousines's current fleet includes classic and stretch Lincoln Town Cars in black, white, and phosphorescent glitter-green. Groups can also cover ground in vans or buses equipped with luggage racks and wheelchair lifts. Uniformed drivers chauffeur groups on pre-planned tours of Texas wine country, complete with restaurant reservations and hypoallergenic wine-stomping stilts.
Aside from a coat of green paint on the outside, Capitol City Crawler’s fleet of eco-friendly buses don’t look like all that different from other buses on the road. Look inside, though, and you’ll find what is essentially a club on wheels. There’s seating for 24 passengers, and the seats are arranged against the walls so there’s plenty of room for dancing, too. Each bus comes equipped with a bar, a thumping sound system, LED lighting, and an inflatable doorman. The buses are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but they’re also suitable for kids’ birthday parties, brewery tours, and wine-tasting tours in the Hill Country.
Antique Limousines of Austin commands a formidable fleet of lovingly restored rides. Its classic Cadillac chariots seat up to six and feature butterfly doors, wood trim, and air conditioning. Retrophiles ride like jazz kings in the sleek black 1937 Cadillac Series 75 limousine, whose divider window ensures plans to surprise the driver with a dozen sliders remain on the down low.
While it is easy to spot some of Kingdom Chauffeured Limousine Services' fleet of vehicles—such as a stretch limo transporting a bridal party or headed on a tour of wine country—some of their most impressive cars fit in any old parking space. The drivers spend most of their days catering to regular business travelers, ferrying them around town in the less elongated, yet more pronounced, style of a Mercedes Benz S550, Cadillac Escalade ESV, or Rolls Royce Phantom.
Most of the vehicles have tinted privacy glass for passengers, as well as pristinely maintained leather seats. Additionally, the stretch limousines boast privacy dividers, a premium sound system, and room for up to ten passengers or one extremely happy passenger and all of the stuffed animals he won at the carnival.
Sixth Street Rides eliminates the need for designated drivers by transporting groups of up to 28 people to Austin hot spots during daytime and evening hours. Professional chauffeurs behind the wheels of Ford E-350 shuttle buses scoop up guests from any north, south, or central Austin location, then safely deliver them to the bars on Sixth Street for bachelor-party fun, the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels for a day of kayaking, or the nearest grocery store to stock up on a true busload of pudding cups.
Even chauffeurs licensed by the city of Austin must pass a battery of road tests and background checks before Marriton's management lets them take the wheel of a gleaming limousine. Thoroughly vetted drivers captain limos, sedans, SUVs, vans, minibuses, and motorcoaches that transport passengers to parties or Dungeons & Dragons sessions in style. Front-windshield-mounted DriveCam video cameras and GPS systems monitor each trip, ensuring drivers always provide a safe and punctual ride.