Airport Guide to George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)

Airport Name

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)

Airport Location

The airport is located 22 miles north of Houston.

Terminals

5

IATA Code

IAH

Telephone

281 230 3100

Airport Overview

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and dining and shopping options in this airport are no exception. With more than 50 retail and food options throughout the five terminals, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston has plenty to keep travelers busy.

The downside of this huge airport is that it can be very confusing for those passing through for the first time, and as a result of its size a fair amount of time needs to be allocated for getting to your gate – this can be a bit stressful if you have a tight connection. While quite efficient and not known for long delays, the airport maintains an almost cheesy 1970s facade – perhaps in line with the Dallas theme?

Flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport are available from many major cities, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Chicago, Toronto, Mexico City, Washington DC, Sao Paulo, Atlanta, Tokyo, and Moscow.

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Terminal Transfer

A complimentary above-ground TermaLink train connects all five terminals for passengers’ convenience. It allows passengers to travel within the airport without having to go through security again. An underground inter-terminal train, which is open to the public, also operates between the five terminals and the airport hotel.

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Getting into Town

Taxi: Taxis are available outside all terminals. All destinations within Houston’s city limits from Bush Intercontinental Airport are charged according to the flat zone rate or the meter rate, whichever is less. It costs approximately $45 to get downtown.

Bus: Airport Direct buses, at a charge of $4.50 one way, operate every 30 minutes and have a number of stops downtown. Bus stops are located just outside Terminal C. Shuttles and shared-ride services are also available. Costs vary, depending on your destination.

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Car Parking

A number of parking options are available. Different car parks are available to ensure you are able to park close to the terminal. Rates start at $2 in terminal car parks.

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Information Desks

Visitor information centers are located near the baggage claim in Terminals A, B and C, and outside customs in Terminal D.

 

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Airport Facilities

Money and communications:  Chase Bank ATMS are scattered throughout the airport. Currency exchange booths operate in Terminal D, both before and after security. 

Luggage: SmartCarte baggage carts are available for rent at $4.

Conference and business: A number of airport hotels have conference facilities. The Houston Airport Marriott is located in the center of the terminal complex and is accessible by train (free). The hotel has a business center with meeting rooms and office facilities.

Shopping: If you’ve got time to kill at George Bush Intercontinental, not to worry, there is plenty of retail therapy to console you. There are enough shops to keep you browsing till your feet grow weary – or your flight leaves – so keep an eye on the time. Worth checking out is western apparel from Stelzig of Texas, or Mindworks, which has an interesting collection of toys, games and gifts.

Food and drink: To say that there’s something for everyone at George Bush Intercontinental would hardly be an understatement – the dining options at this restaurant are expansive, and cater for every taste. Everything from fast food options to local dishes is available – who could turn down a Fuddruckers burger or Texas-style ribs from Harlan’s BBQ?

Other facilities: Airport lounges are available for the following airlines: Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta, KLM and Lufthansa. Terminal C has an interfaith chapel.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available at a rate of $9.95 per day from SprintPCS, or $7.95 from Boingo.

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Car Rentals

A central rental car facility is located just five minutes from all terminals, with a convenient shuttle service running between them. To find the rental car shuttle service, follow the maroon-colored signage from each terminal. Most of the major rental cars operate from this facility, including Avis, Hertz, National, Enterprise and Budget.