George Bush Intercontinental
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is an enormous airport located 20 miles (32km) north of downtown Houston. The airport's large size makes it intimidating to navigate, and passengers should allow plenty of time when catching flights and making connections.
However, the large terminals offer lots of entertainment for passengers with a bit of time to kill, including dozens of shops and plenty of restaurants serving great Texas barbeque.
One of the fastest-growing airports in the US, George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves just over 40 million passengers each year on flights to destinations around the world, including Paris, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Amsterdam and Moscow.
The airport is sited 22 miles (35km) north of Houston.
Getting to the city
Numerous shuttle services, including minibuses and limousines, are available from the airport to downtown Houston and a variety of other destinations, including the Gulf Coast resort city of Galveston. SuperShuttle shared-ride service picks up from any home or business. Metro's Airport Direct bus departs from across from the Downtown Transit Center from 5.30 am to 8pm.The 30-minute nonstop journey departs every 30 minutes and costs $30 return, or $15 one way. The Houston Metro offers public bus services from the south side of Terminal C, including an express airport bus. Courtesy vans are operated by various hotels and there are courtesy telephones in the baggage claim area.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
Tel: +1 281 230 3100.
The airport is served by major car rental companies who operate from a Consolidated Car Rental Facility, reached by shuttle bus from the terminals. Companies represented include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Metered taxis are available outside each terminal; journeys cost from $30 to $90 depending on destination. A $2.75 departure fee will be added to the meter, plus $1 should the journey be between 8pm and 6pm.
Transfer between terminals
The TerminalLink automated people mover connects Terminals B, C, E and the International Arrivals Building. There is also an underground inter-terminal train that connects the five terminal buildings.
Facilities at the airport include dozens of food and beverage establishments from formal dining to fast food. There are also many newsstands and speciality shops throughout the airport. Duty-free shops are available in the international terminal. ATMs and currency exchange are available throughout the airport, as are business services including fax, photocopying and Internet facilities. Disabled facilities are good.
Parking rates start at $2 per hour with a $17 daily maximum, and parking lots are located near all the terminals. A free shuttle service connects the parking facilities to the terminals. Note that all vehicles entering the A/B and Terminal C garages will be searched by security personnel.
Flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport are available on Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, United and US Airways.
Wifi is available through Boingo ($7.95 per day) or SprintPCS ($9.95 per day).
Business and conference facilities are available in airport hotels like the Houston Airport Marriott, which has meeting rooms and office facilities.
George Bush Intercontinental Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.