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 Texan 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 situated 23 miles (37km) 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. The Houston Metro offers public bus services from the south side of Terminal C, including an express airport bus. The fare is $1.25 per ride to downtown Houston. 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.
Car rental services are available at the airport.
Metered taxis are available outside each terminal. A $2.75 departure fee will be added to the meter, plus $1 should the journey be between 8pm and 6am.
Transfer between terminals
The free Skyway, an above-ground automated people mover, links the terminals for passengers who are inside security. A free, below-ground Subway train provides inter-terminal transportation to those who are outside of security.
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. There is an art gallery and live performances in the airport. Duty-free shops are available in the international terminal. ATMs and currency exchange are available throughout the airport. Disabled facilities are good.
Parking rates start at $5 per hour with a $24 daily maximum, and parking lots are located near all the terminals.
Flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport are available on Aeromexico Connect, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Bahamasair, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, Vacation Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and WestJet.
Free wifi is available throughout the terminal.
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.