Houston, TX Airport Information
Houston Airport System (HAS)
Traveling to Houston has never been easier. The Houston Airport System (HAS) serves 193 cities worldwide, with Bush Intercontinental ranking third among U.S. airports for nonstop destinations. The Houston Airport System consists of three airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Field. Together they form one of North America's largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States.
With 118 U.S. and 76 international destinations, the HAS served nearly 50 million passengers in 2011, including more than 8.5 million international travelers, and passenger volume continues to increase with a projected 80 million passengers expected in 2025. The main gateway to Latin America; Houston ranks No. 1 in the nation for weekly nonstop flights to Mexico. According to a 2010 economic impact study, HAS supports more than 230,000 regional jobs and contributes more than $27 billion to the local economy.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Approximate taxi fare: $60 USD
Bush Intercontinental Airport is ranked No. 1 for on-time arrivals and on-time departures. There are five passenger terminals, including the Terminal E and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) terminal, the largest of its kind in the U.S., with 84 primary inspection booths capable of processing more than 4,500 passengers per hour. Bush Intercontinental Airport supplies nonstop or direct service to 115 domestic and 73 international locations, including Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. It is Continental Airlines' largest hub with 19 additional passenger airlines offering service as well.
Terminals within the airport are connected by TerminaLink (Terminals B, C, D, E and the International Arrivals Building) and a shuttle/bus service (Terminal A to B, C and E). In addition, an inter-terminal train connects the non-secured area of all five terminals and the Houston Airport Marriott.
There are a number of ways to access the airport including public bus, courtesy vans, shuttles, taxis and rental cars. Bus service is offered through the Harris County, Texas METRO with a stop located on the south side of Terminal C. Check with your area hotel as some hotels provide courtesy van service to and from the airport. In addition, there is scheduled shuttle and bus service from IAH to Downtown Houston, Reliant Park, the Galleria, Greenway Plaza, the Texas Medical Center, Westside hotels and William P. Hobby Airport. Ground Transportation service representatives can help hail a taxi, all of which must adhere to the flat rate zone or meter ate set by the city of Houston. IAH's Consolidated Rental Car Facility is accessible by shuttle and provides nine different rental car company options, including Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Airline carriers serving Bush Intercontinental Airport
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air France
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cayman Airways
- China Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Emirates Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Northwest Airlines
- Qatar Airways Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Viva Aerobus Airlines
Ellington Field (EFD)
Approximate taxi fare: $53 USD
Ellington Field is a joint-use airport with military, civilian and NASA users. No commercial carriers currently fly into Ellington Field.
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Approximate taxi fare: $35 USD
Hobby is the hub for Southwest Airlines; other airlines serving it are Alaska, American, United, and US Airways.
Houston, TX Train Information
Amtrak service is available to Houston through the Sunset Limited route. The Sunset Limited route traverses the southern border of the United States and goes east to west through Orlando, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Lafayette, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles.
Houston, TX Public Transportation
Houston also offers an excellent light rail and city bus system in the Metropolitan Transit Authority and a large taxicab fleet.
Bus and Rail System
METRORail offers convenient accessible service within the heart of the city between downtown Houston and Reliant Park, including the Museum District and Texas Medical Center.
METRO also offers several types of bus service in Houston:
- Local service runs mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route. One-way fare is $1; a day pass with unlimited use of local service for 24 hours is $2.
- Express service: instead of stopping at every other corner, the express service travels up to six miles along its route before stopping. One-way fare is $1.50 during morning peak hours (5:00-9:00 am), $1 for midday service (9:00 am-3:00 pm), $1.50 during afternoon peak hours (3:00 pm-7:00 pm) and $1 for evening service (after 7:00 pm)
- Park & Ride service is for long-distance commuting. METRO's 25 Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the service area. One-way fare ranges from $1 to $3.50, depending on distance.
Houston has more than 2,200 taxis in its fleet. The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District, bound by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59. The fare, in addition to increased downtown taxi stands, provides an easy alternative to driving to lunch, business meetings and activities throughout the downtown area. No surcharges will apply to the fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under the $6 total rate.
The number of downtown taxi stands has increased. These taxi stands are designated areas where cabs can "stand" and wait for a fare. Additionally, there are at least 30 "hailing cab" icons on various downtown streets, which mark that particular site as a three-minute zone where taxis can briefly stop to pick up and drop off passengers.
Approximate cab fares from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- Downtown $44.50
- Reliant Park Area $54
- Texas Medical Center $50
- Uptown/Galleria $45
- Greenway Plaza $50
Approximate cab fares from William P. Hobby Airport
- Downtown $22
- Reliant Park Area $27
- Texas Medical Center $27
- Uptown/Galleria $45
- Greenway Plaza $32
Houston has a fleet of 30,000 rental cars with every major rental car company represented including Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Renting a car is probably the best option for a longer trip in Houston. If you are staying in the downtown area, taxis, metro and buses will most likely serve well.