Airports in Houston
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.
A short drive from downtown Houston, William P. Hobby Airport is affectionately known as Hobby Airport. Passengers wishing to avoid the hustle, bustle and queues of the George Bush Intercontinental often use this smaller, well-connected airport.
Although there isn't a vast selection of shops and restaurants at Hobby Airport, this is countered by the personalised service and faster security processes making it a refreshing change for the seasoned air traveller.
The airport is seven miles (11km) from downtown Houston.
Getting to the city
The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority operates bus services between downtown Houston and William P. Hobby Airport. Route 88 serves the airport, buses leave from zone 13 outside the baggage claims area. Buses operate every 30-40 minutes between 5.09am and 12.42am during the week and 5.50am and 11.21pm on Saturdays. Fares start at $1.25.
GMT - 6
Tel: +1 (713) 640 3000.
George Bush Intercontinental Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
Become our Houston Travel Expert
We are looking for contributors for our Houston travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Houston or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.