Houston, Texas is home to two major airports which serve the city and its surrounding areas. Deciding which to fly into is a relatively simple decision which can be based on factors including your budget, the time of year you are flying, what you are flying into Houston to attend (or to leave the city for) and the type of flight you are booking. Here’s our summary for the airports and the pros of each as well as some general information about Houston and traveling there:
George Bush International Airport
Located 23 miles north of the city of Houston, George Bush International Airport (IAH) sees millions of passengers pass through its doors each year. If you are booking an international flight, this is your best bet. Not only will it have hundreds of flight options each week, but you can also use Global Entry to enter the U.S., which will limit your time waiting in customs lines. It is advised to check out ticket prices on United Airlines, which has one of its major hubs at Bush International – plenty of price and time options for the intrepid traveler.
William P. Hobby Airport
Considered more of a city airport, William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is much smaller as compared to Bush International and is located just 11 miles from Houston’s bustling downtown. A hub for Southwest Airlines, Hobby Airport is your best bet for domestic flights and is much more convenient and quicker to get to and from the city.
When and how to go?
In general, the cheapest time to travel to Houston is the summer. The weather is delightfully hot and muggy and therefore, not the most frequently visited destination. Winter will provide higher prices while spring and fall offer a medium of the road prices.
Another tip is to avoid traveling to and from Houston when there are sporting events, such as when the city’s MLB team, the Houston Astros, are in town. Visitors flock to home games and drive the prices of airline tickets up.
There is no public transportation system that is available to take travelers to either airport. It is suggested that people take public transportation such as buses, private ground transportation services such as Dav El | BostonCoach, taxis or rental cars.
Regardless of the reason for your travels to Houston, take advantage of both airport options so you can get the best deal for your trip and enjoy your visit.