San Marcos, TX (SMC)
Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon reached this area in 1689 and named the spring-fed river for St. Mark. The intermodal center opened in 2001 and serves Amtrak, intercity and local buses.
San Marcos Intermodal Station
338 South Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 3,430
- Facility Ownership: Capital Area Rural Transportation System
- Parking Lot Ownership: Capital Area Rural Transportation System
- Platform Ownership: Capital Area Rural Transportation System
- Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
The San Marcos Amtrak stop consists of a platform with a shelter at the city’s intermodal station. Opened in 2001, the $1.9 million facility was funded through federal, state and local monies and also serves intercity and local buses. The planning process included stakeholders such as the Texas Department of Transportation, Amtrak, Greyhound, Southwest Texas State University, city and county officials and neighborhood groups. In addition to the intermodal station, two Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) depots remain in San Marcos, as does a Missouri Pacific station, which is currently used as a business.
San Marcos, the Hays County seat, has been inhabited for more the 10,000 years. Archaeologists have found evidence of the Clovis culture at the San Marcos River. At the headwaters of the river are the limpid San Marcos Springs—the second largest collection of springs in Texas. Never in history has the San Marcos River run dry.
The earliest European settlers in San Marcos were Spanish missionaries in 1689. The Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon reached the river on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist, and thus named the river “San Marcos.” In April 1808, a group of Mexican families settled in the area, and named it Villa de San Marcos de Neve. The first Americans arrived in November, 1846, and two years later, the Texas Legislature organized Hays County, naming San Marcos the county seat. The town became a center for ginning and milling local agricultural products, and following the arrival of the International and Great Northern railroad in 1881, cattle and cotton provided the basis for growth.
The tourist industry has become a growing part of San Marcos’ economy. Attractions in San Marcos include the Hays County Courthouse, Aquarena Springs (an aquatic learning center run by Texas State University), Belvin Street District, the former City Hall and Fire Station, 21 city parks, the San Marcos River Walkway, and Wonder Caves (an ancient earthquake cave), among others. The San Marcos Springs are home to numerous endangered species, including the Texas Blind Salamander and the Fountain Darter.
The city hosts many annual festivals that highlight its different cultures, such as the annual VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival, Juneteenth celebrations, and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. In addition, Texas State University, the alma mater of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, culturally enriches the city. Students organize many entertainment events and keep the city’s music scene vibrant.
Platform with Shelter
- ATM not available
- No elevator
- No Quik-Trak kiosks
- Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
- Vending machines
- No WiFi
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure
- Amtrak Express shipping not available
- No checked baggage service
- No checked baggage storage
- Bike boxes not available
- No baggage carts
- Ski bags not available
- No bag storage
- Shipping boxes not available
- No baggage assistance
- Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
- Accessible platform
- Accessible restrooms
- No accessible ticket office
- Accessible waiting room
- Accessible water fountain
- Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- No high platform
- No wheelchair
- No wheelchair lift