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Houston Airports

The larger of the two, George Bush Intercontinental Airport or IAH is the main facility for flying in and out of this Texas city. Located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, the airport serves 17 scheduled passenger airlines and numerous chartered ones. It is the largest hub for Continental Airlines, with other carriers also offering domestic and international service. More than 700 daily departures link Houston to 185 destinations through nonstop and direct flights.

George Bush Intercontinental consists of five passenger terminals: A, B, C, D and E. Visitor information centers are located on the baggage claim level of Terminals A, B and C.

International travelers are handled by two of these. Terminal D services passengers departing Houston on foreign flag carriers. Terminal E takes care of international passengers flying on Continental Airlines. Multilingual service representatives and exchange windows for 74 foreign currencies are available in Terminals D and E between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

There are more than 20 hotels, including most of the major chains, within minutes of the airport. The Airport Marriott Hotel is actually located in the center of the terminal complex.

Visitors have a variety of ground transportation options once they arrive in Houston. These include taxis, shuttles, courtesy vans, and Metro trains and buses. Shuttle service is even available straight to the Galveston beach area.

Taxis can be hailed from outside all terminals. Trips within Houston's city limits to and from the airport are charged a flat zone rate or go by the meter, whichever is less. Most shuttle services are available at the south side of Terminals A, B, and C and at the west end of D.

Metro Airport Direct trains leave every 30 minutes for a 30-minute nonstop trip. The service runs daily between the Airport Direct Passenger Plaza across from the Downtown Transit Center at 1900 Main and the airport.

Houstonís second largest, William P. Hobby Airport or HOU is located approximately seven miles south of downtown. It consists of one central concourse terminal and serves five scheduled passenger airlines. Hobby is the largest hub for Southwest Airlines, with other carriers also offering domestic service there. Only US destinations are served through Hobby.

With more than a dozen hotels in the area, it is easy to find comfortable, convenient accommodation.

Taxi, shuttle and Metro bus service is available into downtown, and to other locations around Houston. The taxis are subject to the same rate rules as at the larger airport. There is no train service at Hobby.

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