Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport transports more than 40 million passengers a year. Although the airport is large, the five terminals are linked by fast and efficient services, so whichever terminal you are flying from you can still enjoy the facilities in the other terminals.
The METRO's route 102 Downtown Express connects George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Terminal C) with Downtown which then connects to the Metro Bus and MetroRail system. The journey takes roughly one hour 20 minutes and the buses run Monday to Friday every 20-45 minutes between approx 5am and midnight and costs US$1.50 single fare.
SuperShuttle Shared Ride takes reservations and picks up travellers to drive them to or from the airport to their hotels or businesses in the Houston area on a shared basis. The price varies, depending on destination, but is roughly US$25 to Downtown. Passengers can also take the service from the airport without making reservations in advance.
Major hotels in Houston also run courtesy vans to pick up guests from the airport. There are courtesy telephones in the baggage claim area.
Taxis can be hailed through the Ground Transportation employees outside each terminal. Fares are charged using the flat zone rate to each destination or the metered fare, whichever is cheaper. There is also an additional US$2.75 departure fee from the airport. The journey to Downtown takes roughly one hour (depending on the time of day) and the flat zone rate is US$44.50. Taxi drivers expect a tip, so add another 10% onto the final fare.
Drive via Interstate 45, US Highway 59, the Hardy Toll Road or Sam Houston Toll Road. Car hire is available from the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, which is reached in five minutes from all terminals by a complimentary Rental Car Shuttle. Journey lengths to Downtown vary according to the time of day - well over an hour in the morning rush hour.