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Houston Layover (George Bush Airport)

| December 2, 2014

Stuck on a Houston layover at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Texas? As a major hub for Continental, the airport is located 23 miles north of downtown Houston which makes it an accessible destination for those who are stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Houston layover, click here for useful tips. Always remember to budget for plenty of time to get back and catch your next flight.

Houston, Texas layover stopoverIf you’re stuck in the Houston airport, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do. The airport has WI-FI Internet Service in the gates, restaurants, ticketing and baggage claim. For more information on the WI-FI service, click here. In addition, there’s tons of services including over 50 food and beverage establishments, information centers, currency exchange, inter-terminal train, and pet relief areas. For maps of the terminals and a breakdown of what’s offered in each terminal, click here.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the Houston airport. And for a comprehensive list of Houston hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you’re stuck on an overnight Houston layover and looking for things to do, click here!

If you have the time to venture out into Houston during your layover, there’s a lot of transportation options. You can rent a car, taking a taxi or limo, make a reservation for the SuperShuttle shared-ride service (Tel: 713.523.8888), take the bus or Metro. For additional information on taxi rates and other forms of transportation, click here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Houston Layover:

Houston Tours
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus tours, pub tours, NASA space center tours, and more.

Menil Collection
The Menil collection is a museum that is home to the art collection of philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. Admission is free and you can find work from prehistoric to modern day.

Space Center Houston
Located 25 miles south of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake Area, the Space Center Houston is a fun destination where visitors can experience space. With exhibits and attactions including watching astronauts train for missions, touch a moon rock, and take a behind-the-scenes tour, it’s a great way to spend time when stuck on a long layover.

San Jacinto Battleground
Located 20 miles east of downtown Houston, the San Jacinto Battleground Historic Park contains the area of the battle. Great for history and war buffs, visitors can also elect to ride to the Monument’s observation floor 489 feet for views of the city and the Houston Ship Channel.

Observation Deck of JP Morgan Chase Tower
To get a good view of Houston, visit the Sky Lobby on the 60th Floor of the JPMorgan Chase Tower. The Sky Lobby is open to the public during the working hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Have a suggestion for a Houston layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Nguyen Anh Duc says:

    I’m a 15 yr old Vietnamese student and will arrive at IAH on 1st of Jan, 2016 at 10pm. My school in Houston will only be able to pick me up from 2pm, 2nd of Jan so I have approx. 14 hrs of waiting. Can I stay in the transit area overnight then get out of the airport the following day. If the answer is yes, will I have to show the authority my boarding pass (because the truth is I have no connecting flight) or go through any other security check after the Custom and Immigration?

  2. Milagro Paz Santizo says:

    Going to Guatemala City looking for something to do during the
    layover in Houston for 9 hours, something near to the airport.

    Any suggestions will be appreciate.