• 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?

Cochineal is an insect hidden under what looks like white spit on prickly pear cacti.

that the Spanish cornered the market on cochineal, a bug that produces a vivid red color, early in the Spanish colonial period? British officer coats, with which every American school child is familar, were dyed using cochineal.