Houston Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

Houston is served by two major commercial airports and two smaller regional airports.

The large airports are:

George Bush Intercontinental Airport , . The larger of the two airports and is located 23 miles north of downtown near Beltway 8, between IH-45 North and US-59 North. It is the largest hub for United Airlines and serves 24 domestic and international airlines. METRO bus line 102 departing from terminal C runs to the downtown, which it reaches in 1h 10m for $1.25 . From the downtown, the easiest place to catch the bus is the Downtown Transit Center station of the METRORail. During the day, the bus runs approximately every 30 minutes.
William P. Hobby Airport, . Located 7 miles south of downtown and is located off of I-45 South. It is convenient if you're travelling downtown or south of the city, such as to Galveston. Its main carrier is Southwest Airlines, and it also served by Delta Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, and AirTran (which has been purchased by Southwest and will be absorbed by that carrier in 2012).

The smaller airports are:

Sugar Land Regional Airport, . Located 25 miles southwest of downtown on TX 6, just north of U.S. 59. It is a popular choice among the well-heeled corporate aircraft set.
Ellington Field, . Located 19 miles southeast of downtown, just off I-45. Formerly an air force base, now used for general aviation, non-passenger commercial traffic, and government aviation (NASA, Texas Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard).
By train
Amtrak, 902 Washington Ave, . Amtrak's Sunset Limited line is the only passenger train route with a stop in Houston, although a daily bus provides a direct connection from the Houston Amtrak station to the Texas Eagle at Longview.
By car

Houston's major freeways include:

IH-45 North ("North Freeway"): To Dallas
IH-45 South ("Gulf Freeway"): To Galveston
IH-10 West ("Katy Freeway"): To San Antonio
IH-10 East: ("Baytown/East Freeway", not to be confused with "Eastex freeway") to Beaumont
IH-610 ("The Loop"): Loop around downtown
US-59 South ("Southwest Freeway"): to Victoria
US-59 North ("Eastex Freeway"): to Lufkin
US-290 West ("Northwest Freeway"): to Austin
SH-249 North ("Tomball Parkway"): to Tomball
SH-288 South ("South Freeway"): to Freeport
SH-225 East ("Pasadena Freeway"): to La Porte
BW-8 ("The Beltway/Sam Houston Tollway"): Loop about twice as far out as IH-610.

Approximate distance to nearby cities (in miles):

Austin: 160
Dallas: 240
El Paso: 745
Waco: 180
By bus
Greyhound Lines.
* Downtown station, 2121 Main St.
* Crosstimbers Station, 4001 North Freeway.
* Northwest, 1500 West Loop North.
* Southeast, 7000 Harrisburg Blvd.
* Southwest, 5690 Southwest Freeway.
Megabus. Low-cost bus line with service from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Fares from $1 and up.
* Downtown, 815 Pierce St (north of Travis St).
El Expreso. Mexican trans-border bus line, also serves destinations throughout southeastern United States.
* Downtown station, 2201 Main St.
* Harrisburg, 7701 Harrisburg Blvd.
* Southwest, Bissonett at Southwest Freeway (US 59)
Autobus Americanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico.
* Harrisburg, 7700 Harrisburg Blvd.
* Southwest, Hillcroft at Southwest Freeway (US 59)
Turimex Internacional. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico.
*Harrisburg, 7011 Harrisburg Blvd.
* Southwest, Hillcroft at Southwest Freeway (US 59)
Omnibus Mexicanos. Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico.
*Third Ward, 3200 Telephone Rd.

You can get to Houston easily from Mexico (from as far as Mexico City and Michoacan) on a bus. In the bus stations of many major cities in Mexico you will see buses advertised to go to Houston.

There are many private bus companies in Houston that exclusively serve Mexico.

source: Wikivoyage

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