AUS is decidedly different from a lot of airports in that it tries to be well Austin. There's a live music stage in the center of the terminal and local businesses dominate the shopping scene. Much of that as other posters noted is annoying as you can't get a cheap snack and lines can be long. Shops are definitely "Austin" but needlessly expensive. The music is well hit and miss. I prefer quiet to some of that stuff! For the Starbuck's fans there's one in the terminal now. There are "Austin-inspired" murals above check-in. Great to have local artists but the art is rather pedestrian showing scenes of poor Hispanics. I think there's probably more to Austin than that. Getting in and out is easy although I have had long luggage waits. The roads and signage to the airport are OK but getting better. Seems like they built this airport without figuring out how to get to/from the place. No freeways to the place but supposedly they're working on it. Parking is not cheap but not expensive either by some standards. The cheapest is $7/day. Better to take the bus if you can if going away a long time. Car rental is usually easy. Taxi is easy. Blue Van may be a long wait and long drive as they drop off others. Early am flights (6:30am and earlier) are insane. Long long lines at security as all airlines seem to have flights at this time. Arriving earlier is not an option as the airline check-in counters and security don't open until around 5:30am.