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Car Rental Houston Airport Hobby

George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has been called one of the fastest growing airports in the United States. With an average of 700 or more daily departures, there is a very good chance that you will pass through this airport if your travels take you through the Houston area. While you can get around using the TerminaLink connection train between the International Arrivals Building and Terminals A through E and avoid going through repetitive long security lines or the inter-terminal underground train, but this will not help you once you leave the airport.


There used to be bus service available via Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority, which provided service to several stops around downtown Houston. While this was a useful means and for a time cost effective method of leaving the airport, it has been discontinued for years except in special cases. For the most part, your transportation is limited to hailing a taxi or renting a car.

Renting Cars

Generally a more convenient and cost effective way to get around than taking a taxi, renting a car at George Bush allows you to simply return the vehicle immediately prior to your departure. There are numerous rental car companies represented at George Bush and concessions are available at Cafe on the Way near the car rental desk.

Picture Gallery of Houston Airport Hobby

Car Rental In Houston Airport Hobby - the interior of the airport terminal
the interior of the airport terminal
Rent A Car In Houston Airport Hobby - ramp operations at hobby airport
ramp operations at hobby airport
Rental Car In Houston Airport Hobby - terminal of hobby airport
terminal of hobby airport

Airport Data for HOU
Transportation from HOU
Parking Information

Identification Codes:

  • IATA:  HOU       

Distance from HOU to:

  • Houston city center – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Austin – 173 miles (278 km)
  • San Antonio – 208 miles (334 km)
  • Dallas – 249 miles (401 km)
  • Shreveport – 251 miles (404 km)

Nearest Major Airports:

  • Houston Airport George Bush – 32 miles (52 km)
  • Austin Airport – 176 miles (283 km)
  • San Antonio Airport – 211 miles (339 km)
  • Shreveport Airport – 247 miles (397 km)
  • Dallas Airport – 270 miles (434 km)

Houston Time Zone:

  • 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT –5:00)

Hotels near HOU:

  • There are 8 hotels within 12 miles (20 km) of HOU

Facts about HOU:

  • Serves 9,000,000 passengers a year
  • Rated by JD Power & Associates as the third best airport in the U.S.
  • One of the few airports in the U.S. that offers onsite lodging
  • Provides an “air mall” with over 100 retailers inside the airport  

Car Rental at Houston Airport:

  • Car Rental pick-ups are in curb zones 2, 4, and 5
  • The car rental counters are located on the baggage claim area of HOU
  • HOU offers 8 different car rental services for their travelers
  • Car rental parking is in the lower level of the multilevel garage
  • Virtually all car rental services are available 24 hours a day

Shuttle Service:

  • Private and shared shuttles are offered
  • Prices vary depending on which shuttle service you use
  • Prices also vary depending on the weather
  • Shuttle services provide service within a 186 miles (300 km) radius of HOU

Houston City Bus:

  • Pick-up offered in curb zone 13
  • Route 62 runs through HOU about every 20 minutes
  • A flat rate of  2.00 USD is all it costs for a one way trip on the bus
  • Usually takes about 45 minutes to get to Houston’s city center

Taxi Service:

  • Pick-up offered in curb zone 3
  • Taxis are the most expensive way to travel outside of HOU
  • Offers a wide array of different location travel for under 60.00 USD
  • Should not cost more than 22.00 USD to travel to Houston’s city center
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

Short-Term Parking:

  • Available in a 4-level parking garage connected to the terminal
  • 0 – 60 minutes = 1.00 USD
  • 3-5 hours = 5.00 USD
  • Maximum of 15.00 USD per day

Long Term Parking:

  • Onsite parking lot within walking distance of the terminal
  • 0 – 3 hours = 2.00 USD
  • 6.00 USD per day maximum
  • 4,000 spaces available
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of June 19, 2009