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Airports in Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Overview

One of the busiest airports in the US, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is located between the two cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, and together with Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the primary gateway to Texas.

A huge facility, the five terminals of Dallas-Fort Worth cover 18,076 acres (7,315ha) and process nearly 57 million passengers each year on flights to 144 cities within the US and nearly 50 international destinations. The airport's large size makes it confusing to navigate for first-time travellers, but high-speed trains are quick and convenient for transferring between terminals. The airport is slick and modern, and with hundreds of shops and restaurants to choose from as well as artistic touches like commissioned exhibitions and a pretty sculpture garden. There's never a need to be bored there!

Location

The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) from downtown Dallas and 24 miles (39km) from Fort Worth.

Getting to the city

There are numerous options for transport between the airport and destinations in the surrounding metropolitan area. Charter buses, limousines and Dallas Area Rapid Transit public buses are available; passengers should enquire at the Visitor Information Centres located in the baggage claim areas for schedules and information. A free shuttle service links all the terminals to the CenterPort/DFW Trinity Railway Express Station about 20 minutes away, from where there are regular departures to Dallas Union Station and Fort Worth. Taxis are available from each terminal, shared-ride vans are also available. Located near the south entrance, DFW's Rental Car Centre hosts rental car companies.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 972 973 8888.

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Overview

An airport that keeps things small and simple, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a pleasant facility serving the greater Austin region of Texas. Located five miles (8km) southeast of the city, the airport serves just more than ten million people each year.

The airport's small size makes it easy to get around, and passengers enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff while listening to live music performed in the centre of the terminal as part of Austin-Bergstrom's Music in the Air programme.

Flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are available to more than 40 destinations, mostly in the US with several seasonal routes to Mexico. The busiest routes are short trips from cities like Dallas, Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) from downtown Austin.

Getting to the city

The MetroAirport bus serves the airport every 30 minutes from the stop outside baggage claim. Tickets are $1.50 and the ride takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 512 530 2242.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Overview

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.

Location

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. 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.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 281 230 3100.

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San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Overview

Recently renovated, the San Antonio International Airport is well-connected to two major highways making it an easy drive from San Antonio. Although it doesn't have a wide selection of shopping and dining options, the airport offers a warm and friendly environment for air travellers.

San Antonio International Airport serves eight million passengers each year and there are flights connecting it to a number of major destinations across North America. These include, Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and even Mexico City and Cancun to name a few.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (12km) from San Antonio city centre.

Getting to the city

VIA Metropolitan Transit bus 5 connects the airport to the city. Buses run frequently between about 5:30am and 9:30pm and a one-way fare costs $1.20. The journey takes about half an hour by bus. Shuttles, taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 210 207 3433

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El Paso International Airport (ELP)

Overview

A small regional airport serving roughly three million passengers each year, El Paso International Airport is a busy gateway between Mexico and the United States. The airport is located 3.7 miles (6km) from downtown El Paso, Texas, and 12 miles (19km) from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, making it a convenient transport hub for both cities.

The busy border area sees mostly regional traffic, with busy routes to Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Denver and Dallas. The airport itself is fairly basic, with a small central terminal filled with a mix of fast food restaurants and gift shops. The service is friendly, and nearly everyone who works at the airport speaks both English and Spanish.

Location

The airport is located 3.7 miles (6km) from downtown El Paso.

Getting to the city

Sun metro has a scheduled route to the airport every 45 minutes between 6am and 9pm from Monday to Friday, with shorter service times on Saturday and Sunday. Regular fares are $1.50. Commercial shuttles are available by advance booking. Many local hotels offer free transfers.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

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William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

Overview

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.

Location

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.

Time

GMT - 6

Contacts

Tel: +1 (713) 640 3000.

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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