Houston William P. Hobby Airport Guide (HOU)
Houston William P. Hobby Airport is one of two major airports serving Houston in the state of Texas. A useful resource for travellers, our Houston William P. Hobby Airport guide includes information regarding terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.
There is a visitors’ information desk in the baggage reclaim area of arrivals. In addition, uniformed representatives are stationed at key locations throughout the terminal - these can provide medical assistance, book meeting space or suggest accommodation options. The black airport telephones within the terminal are for paging assistance. An information telephone line can provide further information (tel: +1 713 640 3000).
Houston William P. Hobby Airport is located off Interstate 45 (providing access from the north and south) to the south of Interstate 610, which rings central Houston.
From central Houston, take Interstate 45 (Gulf Freeway) south and exit onto Monroe Road. This road leads directly to the airport terminal. The total drive time from Houston to the airport is approximately 20 minutes.
Bus:The METRO bus 40 service (tel: +1 713 635 4000; www.ridemetro.org) leaves from Curbzone 3, on the lower level outside baggage reclaim, for services into Houston (journey time: around 30 minutes; fare: from US$1.25).
Shuttle:Shuttle services are provided by Supershuttle (tel: +1 800 258 3826; www.supershuttle.com) from the airport to various locations throughout the Houston area.
Taxi:Taxis leave from Curbzone 3 on the lower level outside baggage reclaim. The fare to central Houston starts at around US$27-30, and the journey time is between 20-30 minutes, depending on the time of day. The fare to Bush Intercontinental Airport is, on average, US$73.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Houston William P. Hobby Airport. Public pay phones are also available throughout the terminal.
There are numerous eateries at the airport, including a Mexican restaurant, seafood bar, fast-food outlets and cafés.
Shops are located in the central lobby upper level of the terminal, as well as in the central concourse and concourses A and C. Among the options are newsagents, sweet shops and gift retailers. Duty free shopping is available to international passengers in the new international section of the terminal.
Luggage trolleys can be hired in the baggage reclaim area. A lost and found service (tel: +1 713 845 6673) is on-hand to assist with luggage misplaced within the terminal. A bag wrapping service is also available at the airport.
The airport’s bureaux de change can provide fax and photocopying facilities.
While not available within the terminal itself, meeting and event rooms for up to 150 people are available at the Holiday Inn Houston-Intercontinental Airport hotel (tel: +1 281 449 2311; www.ihg.com) less than 1km (0.6 miles) from the terminal building, and at many other Houston hotels.
There are spaces for more than 4,000 cars at the airport. The majority of public parking is available in a four-level car park that has direct access to the terminal building. An additional surface car park is located within walking distance of the terminal. Up-to-date parking and travel information can be found on the radio (1610 AM) when approaching the airport. Additional services include valet parking and a free 'cellphone' waiting area for drivers collecting arriving passengers. For further information on parking at the airport, contact New South Parking (tel: +1 281 233 1730; www.newsouthparking-tx.com).
Car hire companies: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty are represented at the airport. Car rental desks are situated in the arrivals baggage claim area.