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Travelers looking for cheap flights to Houston have the options of flying into George Bush Intercontinental or William P Hobby airports. Both of these airports are connected through the Houston Airport System. The George Bush Intercontinental has five passenger terminals, labeled A, B, C, D and E. It is a very large airport located north of the city, both in its physical space and traffic. It is often called “Bush Airport.”

The William P Hobby Airport is an older, smaller passenger airport that offers domestic service. It has one central concourse that has 26 gates. It is often called the “Hobby Airport.”

Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Information

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is a huge network, sometimes called “a city within a city,” that is constantly expanding. Currently, they are working on connecting the TerminaLink monorail to Terminal A. Amenities at this airport include free Wi-Fi, multi-lingual service representatives, over 50 food and drink establishments, newsstands, gift shops, visitor information centers, public art, currency exchange, an inter-terminal train, baggage carts, smoking areas and pet relief areas.

Airlines That Fly Into George Bush Intercontinental

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is a very big, busy airport that can be overwhelming when crowded. Travelers should show up early and expect to stand in long lines. If they are transferring to another flight, they should be sure to check what terminal they are departing from and get to the correct place on time. It is a major international gateway, with destinations in Canada, Asia, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America. This airport is the headquarters and largest hub for Continental Airlines. Some other major airlines at IAH include American, Delta, Frontier, United and US Airways.

George Bush International Airport Transit Information

Distance from city: 20 miles

Bus to city

  • Fare: $1.25
  • Passengers can take the METRO bus route 102 from the south side of Terminal C, which goes downtown.

Train to city

  • Not available.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $45
  • Taxis are located on the Ground Transportation levels outside of each terminal.

Other options

Car Rental Companies at George Bush Intercontinental

All of the car companies are stationed at the Consolidated Car Rental Facility, and passengers can take the free shuttle bus there.

Houston William P Hobby Airport (HOU) Information

The William P Hobby Airport (HOU) is undergoing a terminal renovation project to update the ticket counters, lobby area and baggage claim. Amenities at Hobby Airport feature a museum, an interfaith chapel, free Wi-Fi, multi-lingual special service representatives, over a dozen food and drink places, newsstands, gift shops, a pet relief area, smoking areas and visitor information centers.

Airlines That Fly Into William P Hobby

The William P Hobby Airport (HOU) is small and not as busy as the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. It is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, and also serviced by American, Delta and JetBlue.

William P Hobby Airport Transit Information

Distance from city: 8 miles

Bus to city

Train to city

  • Not available.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $23
  • Passengers can catch taxis from Curb Zone 3, which is outside of the baggage claim area.

Other options

  • There are a couple scheduled shuttle buses that operate out of William P Hobby.

Car Rental Companies at William P Hobby

The booths are located in the ground level, by baggage claim, and they offer buses and shuttle buses to go pick up cars.