• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Public Transportation


The public transportation system in San Antonio is VIA. Bus 42 from downtown will bring you to Mission Concepción and San José. Bus 36 from downtown will take you to Mission San Juan.

There is no bus servive to Mission Espada.


Taxis are available for trips to all four missions. From downtown to the farthest mission, Espada, is approximately 11 miles.

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.