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Which Houston Airport is best to fly or closest?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport(IAH) or William P. Hobby Airport(HOU)

OVERVIEW OF AIRPORTS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS

Two airports serve Houston, Texas; Houston Love Field (DAL) and Houston/Fort Worth Airport (DFW). Houston/Fort Worth Airportis the primary airport serving Houston, it is the largest hub for American Airlines. The airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world by aircraft movement, twelfth by passenger movement, busiest international hub in the United States, and second in Texas.Houston Love Fieldused to be the main airport serving Houston until Houston/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was opened. It serves as the corporate headquarters for Southwest Airlines and is also used for domestic flights, general aviation service for maintenance, fuel,hangar rentals, and charters. We summarize all the information you need to know about the airports, to make your next trip easy.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Vs. William P. Hobby Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport(IAH)

William P. Hobby Airport(HOU)

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport(IAH) William P. Hobby Airport(HOU)

Getting To The Airports From The City Centre

Distance from City Centre 19.7 miles(31.8 kilometres) 11.3 miles(18.2 kilometres)
Public Transport Operating Hours 24-hours 24-hours
Train N/A N/A
Bus

Metropolitan Transit Harris County102 line runs every 20 minutes.

Fare: $1-$4
Journey time: 47 min

Schedules Bus, Rail & HOV / HOT (Express) Lanes

Metropolitan Transit Harris County 040 runs every 30 minutes.

Fare: $2
Journey time: 49 min

Metropolitan Transit Harris County line 050 bus connects line 800 rail which runs every 15 minutes.

Fare: $3
Journey time: 52 minutes

Schedules Bus, Rail & HOV / HOT (Express) Lanes

Private Transfers

On demand from $100-$150,
Journey time: 22 min.

On demand from $16-$180,
Journey time: 14 min.
Taxi

Around $50 - $65,
Journey time: 22 min.

Around $30-$40
Journey time: 14 min

Uber

Available on demand $22-$29

Uber fare estimator

Available on demand $14-$19

Uber fare estimator

Lyft

Available on demand $28-$32

Lyft Fare Estimator

Available on demand $20-$25

Lyft Fare Estimator

   

Which Airport Is Most Suitable For Me?

How Close to City Centre

The airport is 31.8 km to the city centre, making it the farthest of the two airports.

The journey from the airport to the city centre in Houston is about 22 minutes by taxi, shuttles and private transfer.

It is served by shuttles, taxis, buses, private transfers, and car rental services.

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This is the closest airport to the city centre located 18.2 km from the city centre, with affordable public transport options.

It takes 15 minutes by taxi and 49 minutes by bus to get to central Houston.

Cost Factor

This is Houston's primary airport and is more expensive in terms of flight fares, and transportation than the other airport.

Based on hotel accommodation, the prices are lower but also comparable for both airports and car rental services are the normal for both airports.

As the closest airport to the city centre, HOU is served by efficient public services like shuttles buses, trains, taxis and private transfer services.

It is a cheaper airport to fly to than IAH, hotel accommodation, transport and car rentals are very affordable for travellers. It takes less time to get to the city centre in Houston where all the fun is.

 

 

Airport Delays

Avg Security & Immigration Delays: High

Avg Flight Arrival Delays:15 min.

Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Average

Avg Flight Arrival Delays:15 min.

Flight Fares From 02-01-2019 searched on 12-12-2018

Flight Fares Toronto $251, Frankfurt $1,103; Beijing $735, Paris $896, Auckland $1,100; Tokyo $1,535; and Mexico City $334. Dallas $99, New York $270, Atlanta $176, Boston $208, Mexico City $489, and Cancun $508

Hotel Prices Per Day From (01-01-2018 to 02-01-2018) Searched on 12-12-2018

Hotel

Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental (3.5-star) - $209,

Scottish Inn & Suites - IAH Airport (2.5-star) - $72,

Xpress Inn & Suites IAH Airport (2.5-Star) - $76.

Super 8 by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport North (2-Star)- $65,

Doubletree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport (3.5-star) - $216,

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport, TX (3-Star) - $118.


Car Hire Prices Per Week (01-01-2018 to 02-01-2018) Searched on 12-12-2018

Car Hire

Economy Cars: (Mitsubishi Mirage, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2) $81.53-$142.49

Intermediate Cars:(Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Vw Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Sonata) $86.26-$129.79

Luxury Cars: (Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac Cts,Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, Chrysler 300)$216.81-$312.81.

Economy: (Ford Fiesta, Mitsubishi Mirage, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2) $81.53-$142.49

Intermediate : (Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze,Buick Verano, Ford Fusion,Buick Verano, Toyota Corolla, Vw Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Sonata) $86.26-$129.79

Luxury: (Ford Taurus,Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac Cts,Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, Chrysler 300, Lincoln MKZ) $216.81-$312.81.

Car Hire Companies Advantage, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Thrifty, and ACE. Advantage, Avis, Dollar, E-Z Rent A Car, National, Sixt, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless, and Thrifty.
Online car hire Car Hire George Bush Intercontinental Airport(IAH) Car Hire William P. Hobby Airport(HOU)

Airport Facilities

Shopping and Dining 3rd Bar Eating House, Agave Taqueria, American Craft Tavern, Auntie Annes's, Bam Bam, Barcuterie, Beerhive, Black Hat Whiskey Room, Blaze Pizza, Brewster Beer Garden, Bullritos, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequilla Bar, Cafe Adobe, Cat Cora's Kitchen, Camden Food Co, Chick-fill-A, Ciao Gourmet Market, CIBO Express Gourmet Market, Cinnabon, Custom Burgers, Doubler Beer & Whiskey Garden, Dunkin's Donuts, Einstein Bros. Bagels, El Real, Flights Lounge & Grill, Freshens, Freshii, Gavi, Global Bazaar, H-Burger Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Houston Wheelhouse, Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard, Hugo's Cocina, Jack in the Box, Jason's Deli, La Salsa, Liquid Provisions, Landry's Seafood, Pala, Panda Express, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappasito's Cantina, Peet's Coffee, Pick Up Six, Pink's Pizza, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Q, Ray's BBQ Shack, Red Mango, Ruby's Diner, Smashburger, Starbucks, Stax, Subway, Tagliare, Tanglewood Grille, Texas Monthly News, The Breakfast Klub, The Fruteria, The Local at IAH, The Market Villa, Tony's Wine Celler & Bistro, Umaizushi, Vida Taqueria, Wendy's, Whataburger, Which Wich, World Nectar, Yogen Fruz, Yume, Zori Bistro, and Vending machines for beverages & snacks, and there are also many duty-free shopping and retail stores available in all the airport terminals. Benefit Cosmetics Automated Kiosk, Best Buy Express Automated, Brookstone, CNBC Smartshop, Culturemap, Desigual, Dylan's Candy Bar, Executive Style, FuelRod SwapBox Kiosk, HMart, Houston Chronicles, H-Town, iStore, KPRC 2 Travel Store, MAC, My Sweets, NYS Collection, PGA Tour Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Shady Lane Marketplace, Space Corner, Southern Living, Texas Monthly News/Starbucks, World Duty-Free, XpressSpa, Barry's Pizza, Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Hunan Return of the Phoenix, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappas Bar-B-Q, Pappas Burger, Pappasito's CantinaPeet's coffee, SUBWAY,Wendy's, Yia Yia MAry's, and Vending machines offering beverages & snacks.
Lounges Admirals Club, Air France Lounge, United Club, British Airways Lounge, Executive Club, KLM Crown Lounge, The Centurion Lounge by American Express, USO Lounge, and United Polaris Lounge. USO Lounge.
Wi-Fi Services Free WiFi available. Free Wi-Fi available.
Transfer in and Around The Airport The airport has 5 terminal buildingsA, B, C, D, & E. They are connected by the Skyway above ground train for free passenger transfer between the terminals. William P. Hobby Airport has one central concourse terminal with 25-gates. So it is easy to walk around on foot.
Currency Exchange & ATM cash Points Internationa Currency Exchange (ICE) and Travelex offer currency exchange services at the airport in Terminals B, C, D, & E. There are also ATM cash points in all the terminals. TThere are ATM machines everywhere in the main airport terminals baggage claim, main lobby, near gate 1 and 20.
Important phone numbers IAHAirport: +1 1-281-230-3100, Lost & Found: +1-281-230-3299. HOUAirport: +1-713-640-3000,Lost & Found: +1-281-233-9373.
Major Operating Airlines

Aeroméxico Connect, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca El Salvador, Bahamasair, Boutique Air, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Emirates, EVA Air, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, Vacation Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and WestJet.

American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines.

Major Connecting Destinations

Los Angeles, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth,Newark, Atlanta, Orlando,San Francisco, Las Vegas,New York–LaGuardia, Mexico City, Cancún, London–Heathrow, Calgary, Frankfurt, Monterrey, San Jose, San Salvador, Toronto–Pearson, Amsterdam, Tokyo–Narita, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, San José del Cabo, Dubai–International, Liberia, Managua, Panama City, Belize City, Istanbul–Atatürk, Bogotá, San Pedro Sula, Puerto Vallarta, Doha, León/Del Bajío, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão,Taipei–Taoyuan, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza,Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Vancouver, and many more.

Dallas–Love, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Baltimore, and many more.

Tourist Info Centres Info centres are located in all the terminals. Info centres are located in Level 1 and 2 of the airport.
Official website https://www.fly2houston.com/iah/overview/ https://www.fly2houston.com/hou/overview/

HOUSTON AIRPORTS

Which Houston airport is closest to central Houston?

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is theclosest to central Houston locatedjust 11.3 miles (18.2 km) by road andhas fast public transport bus links that can get you to the city in 49 minutes. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)is located 19.7 miles (31.8 km) away from the city centre. Its fast public transport Metropolitan bus takes 47 minutes to central Houston.

Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Houston by public transport below.

Distance to Central Houston:

William P. Hobby Airport: 6 miles / 9.7 km
George Bush Intercontinental Airport: 20 miles / 32.1 km

William P. Hobby Airport to Central Houston Journey Times:

By Bus (MTHC line 040): 49 minutes
By Taxi: 14 minutes

George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Central Houston Journey Times:

By Bus (MTHC line 102): 47 minutes
By Taxi: 22 minutes

What is the best airport to fly into in Houston?

The best airport really depends on where you are flying into from and which airline you fly with. Based on location and closeness to the city centre, William P. Hobby airport is the best to fly into in Houston, it is a small airport served by a few airlines American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines with short haul and long haul flights within and outside the country. From this airport, you can visit many attractions within the city easily by bus and taxi. The travel journey time from the airport to the city centre is fast and convenient using the MTHC 040 bus line, the airport is small and handles less passengers compared to IAH which handles more, this means less flight delays and fewer queues at immigration/security.

IAH (George Bush Intercontinental airport) is the farthest from the city centre making transfer journey times slightly longer but its fast MTHC bus line takes 47 minutes which is even faster than HOU airport. George Bush Intercontinental is served by Canada Express, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates,Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, and many other airlines with domestic and international flights to many major cities across the world. A s a business traveller who is working on limited time, you can also use this airport because its public transport link is faster than that of HOU. But remember, moving around the airports 5 terminal buildings will be exhausting for passengers travelling with young children and/or plenty of luggage. Also, as Houston's primary airport it handles more passengers meaning longer queues, more crowd and flight delays.

Is William P. Hobbyairport better than IAH?

Depending on your choice but if you want an airport closer to the city centre, its attractions, and also cheaper, William P. Hobby can be considered a better airport. It is closer to the city centre and served by comfortable public transport links that can get you to the city centre in short travel times. Although, IAH is further away, its MTHC bus is takes a shorter time to central Houston but it is a bigger airport which means navigating the terminals will be a hassle especially for family with children and plenty of luggage. William P. Hobby is smaller compared to IAH airport which has 5 terminal buildings and it sees less queues and flight delays. Business travellers on limited time will most likely use this airport to fly into Houston.

Which airport is closest to the attractions in Houston, Texas?

Both airports are served by fantastic public transport links that can get you to the JPMorgan Chase Tower in central Houston in 50 minutes by bus from IAH and 58 minutes by bus from William P. Hobby airport at a cost of $4 & $2 respectively. Some of the other attractions to see within Houston include Art Car Museum, The Orange Show, Lake Houston, Japanese Garden, The Health Museum, Space Center Houston, Houston Zoo, Johnson Space Center, Houston Museum District, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Downtown Aquarium, Hermann Park, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Kemah Boardwalk, Buffalo Bayou, Children's Museum of Houston, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, San Jacinto Museum of History, Memorial Park, Discovery Green, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Mercer Botanic Gardens, Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown, Beer Can House, McGovern Centennial Gardens, and many more.

How much it Cost from William P. Hobbyor George Bush Intercontinentalto Central Houston?

From William P. Hobby Airport by:

Bus (MTHC Line 040): $2 - https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/SchedulesBusRail.aspx Bus runs every 30 minutes from 4:05 - 12:07 daily.

Taxi: $30-$40 – http://yellowcabhouston.com/Available 24/7.

Uber: $14-$19- https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.

Lyft: $20-$25- https://www.lyft.com/fare-estimateAvailable on demand.
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From George Bush Intercontinental Airport by:

Bus (MTHC 102): $1-$4 - https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/SchedulesBusRail.aspx Bus runs every 20 minutes from 5:03-12:59 daily.

Taxi: $50 - $65 - http://yellowcabhouston.com/ Available 24/7.

Uber: $22-$29 - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.

Lyft: $28-$32 - https://www.lyft.com/fare-estimateAvailable on demand.
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How much are Hotels at William P. Hobbyand George Bush IntercontinentalAirports?

Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Hotels: From $72 per night .
William P. Hobby Airport Hotels: From $65 per night

How much doe car hire cost at William P. Hobbyor George Bush Intercontinental Airports?

All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.

William P. HobbyAirport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $81.53 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at $86.26 per day
Luxury Cars (Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, etc): Prices starting at $216.81 per day.

Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com

George Bush IntercontinentalAirport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $81.53 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at $86.26per day
Luxury Cars (Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, etc): Prices starting at $216.81 per day.

Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/houston-airport.html

Which Is The Main International Airport Serving Houston?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is the primary airport airport in Houston with both domestic and international flights to major cities in the world.

How Many Terminals Does George Bush Intercontinental Airport Have?

IAH Airport has 5 terminal buildings; Terminals A, B, C, D, & E, Skyway above ground trains offers passenger transfer between the airport terminals.

Which Airport Is Closer To The City Centre?

William P. Hobby Airport is the closest to the city centre in Houston at just 18.2.

What Best Hotels Are Near The Airports?

At IAH, Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental (3.5-star),Scottish Inn & Suites - IAH Airport (2.5-star), and Xpress Inn & Suites IAH Airport (2.5-Star).
At HOU, Super 8 by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport North (2-Star),Doubletree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport (3.5-star), and Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport, TX (3-Star).

What Things To Do Near Houston Airports?

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport has a number of lounges for travellers to relax, restaurants and duty-free shops to shop, art gallery and more. But if you want to take it up the notch, you can explore some of the must see places in Houston close to the airports.

At IAH: Corkscrew BBQ, BJ Hooker's Vodka distillery, Heritage Society, Buffalo Bayou Park, Downtown Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel and more.

At HOU: Space Center Houston, San Jacinto Monument and Museum and Battleship Texas, Kemah Boardwalk, Sylvan Beach Park, Houston Zoo, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Children's Museum, and many more.

 

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