BASICS Houston Intercontinental is located 22 miles (35 km) north of central Houston. The airport's Web site offers no maps but some useful information, including:
TAXI Taxis to downtown hotels will cost from $26 to $32 depending on traffic. Travel time to downtown can range from 30 to 60 minutes. BUS Texas Busline's Airport Express (713-523-8888) operates a good bus service. Buses leave the airport for downtown every 1/2 hour from 7:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M. See if the bus stops near your hotel; if it doesn't, you can likely take it all the way downtown and hop a cab to your final destination. The fare is $16 to downtown. Buy your ticket at the Airport Express counter near the baggage-claim area. Getting downtown will take from 30 to 60 minutes.
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RENTAL CAR All the major car rental firms have counters at Bush Intercontinental Airport. If you plan to travel outside the downtown area, a rental car is highly recommended.