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. Our Houston William P. Hobby Airport guide includes information regarding transport routes, nearby hotels and terminal facilities.
The construction of a new international terminal (which will serve flights to and from Central and South America) began in October 2013. The terminal is expected to open in October 2015.
There is a visitors’ information desk in the baggage reclaim level. 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 easily accessible via the major roads and motorways connecting the entire metropolitan area. Interstate 45 borders the airport and links to both the city centre (northbound) and the Gulf Coast at Galveston (southbound).
Bus:The METRO bus service (tel: +1 713 652 8990; www.ridemetro.org) leaves from Curbzone 13, 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.
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 not currently available, but will be after the opening of the new Southwest airlines international terminal.
Luggage trolleys can be hired in the baggage reclaim area. A lost and found service (tel: +1 713 845 6673) is 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 (tel: +1 713 946 8900; 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 (tel: +1 713 641 7770) 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.
Car hire companies: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty are represented at the airport. Car rental desks are situated in the arrivals baggage claim area.