The George Bush International Airport lies around 37km from downtown Houston. It has five terminals:
There are two options to travel between terminals:
There is no train into Houston, and we recommend taking the bus over a taxi as they run frequently and are a lot more affordable.
The local METRO bus, number 102, takes you straight to downtown Houston in around one hour. The bus terminates at the Downtown Transit Center at Gray and La Branch. Buses run from 05:04-00:34 every 15 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at off-peak times. Find information and schedules here.
Cost: USD 1.25
Buying tickets: On the bus in cash (only with exact change) or with a METRO Q Fare Card (minimum purchase USD 5)
Location: South side of Terminal C, ground floor
All destinations from the airport are charged according to the flat zone rate or the meter rate, whichever is less. The journey time is about 20 minutes.
Cost: USD 53.50 flat-rate to Houston central business district (USD 54.50 at night)
Location: Go outside your terminal and a ground transportation employee will hail a taxi for you
An airport shuttle can save you money and these are available from a variety of companies. For example, Express Shuttle USA (713) 523-8888 takes you to downtown Houston for USD 23.
If you’re an international arrival with carry-on bags only, you can proceed to one of four CBP OneStop lanes in the passport control processing area. You will have all inspections in one location so you can get through faster. There is no membership or registration required—any international passenger or crew member with no checked luggage should follow the signs to the designated lanes.
There are showers available in two United Club Lounges:
A day pass costs USD 50, which includes complimentary food, excellent Wi-Fi, meeting and family rooms, and alcoholic beverages.
Terminal E offers the best selection of dining choices. Travellers consistently rate Pappadeaux among their favourites, thanks to fresh oysters, tasty cocktails, and good service. The restaurant is open from 09:00 to 21:30.
Another staple of Terminal E is Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen, which serves up dishes with Greek and Southern influences.
If you can’t make it to Terminal E, Urban Crave in Terminal C is a hip street food joint, while 3rd Bar Oyster and Eating House in Terminal B offers a more upscale experience
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen offers fantastic traditional local Creole cuisine home to Louisiana and Southern US states.
You can get your shoes shined in the following locations:
Terminal B, airside, near gates B76-83
Terminal C North, airside, near gates 14-23
Terminal C South, airside, near gates 43-45
Terminal E, airside, near gates E10-11
Cost are about USD 4.00.
The airport is building a new concourse for Terminal C. The works began in May 2015 so there may some disruptions or relocations in services. The construction is expected to be completed in early 2017, so continue checking the airport’s website for updates.
At first look, CIBO Express Gourmet Markets might look like any other airport deli, but rest assured they're better. They offer quite a few options of vegan, vegetarian, organic and kosher food. Try their sandwiches and salads. There are multiple locations.
Lounges in the airport are all members only, and if you're a member of United Club, you have the biggest choice available:
Non-United lounges (members only):
United Club Lounges (USD 50 for non-members):
Offering complimentary bar service, snacks and Wi-Fi. All are airside:
To get through security and border control faster, U.S. and Canadian citizens can use one of the 20 self-service kiosks in every terminal with international flights. You will enter your information on a touch-screen kiosk and have your photo taken to be processed by a Customs and Border Patrol official. This is a free service and no pre-registration required.
You'll find rental car company booths in the baggage claim area in the lower level. Shuttle buses and vans will take you from the terminal to Rental Car Facility. This is on the east side of JFK Boulevard, less than five minutes from the terminals.
You can rent from the following companies:
If you want to buy some local gifts or apparel, you’ll find a wide range of cowboy and cowgirl accessories at Stelzig of Texas
Terminals C, near security checkpoint
Terminal D, airside, near gates D1-D6
For authentic Native American pottery and jewellery, head to Spirit of the Red Horse.
Terminal C South, airside, near gates C34-C42.
Shoppers looking for upscale clothing will love Brooks Brothers (America’s oldest men’s clothiers).
Terminal C, airside, near gates C14-C23.
There are many places to charge your devices throughout the airport. Normal power outlets are located near most of the departure gates.
Rapid Charger Machines will charge your electronics quickly for a fee throughout Terminals A, B, and C.
There are also free Samsung power stations throughout each terminal.
There are two private rooms with rocking chairs and cribs intended for parents and their babies, as well as nursing mothers.
The nursery in Terminal B is located near Gates 84-91 on the Mezzanine Level—use the stairs next to Sue Venir.
The Terminal D nursery is located near Gates D7-8.
You'll find coin-operated massage chairs in the following locations:
Terminal A: In the ticketing lobby, in the food court area (North), and near gates A26-27 (South)
Terminal B: Near gates 60-67, 68-75, 76-83 and 84-91.
Terminal C: Near gates C14-23 (North).
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