The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is Houston’s biggest with more than 40 million passengers stepping through its terminals each year. Located about 23 miles north of Downtown Houston, it’s a hub for international flights and top airlines like Alaska, Frontier and United.

Getting to and around IAH

Things can get a little crowded in an airport of this size, so make sure you consider your airport parking options in advance. While the closest terminal parking at IAH is enticing, the $22/day cost is a bit steep. ABC13 in Houston ranked Fast Park the fastest off-site parking option at IAH. Conveniently located on Will Clayton Parkway, the facility offers reservations and covered parking for a competitive cost.

Once you arrive at the airport, use the inter-terminal transportation system to get around. All five terminals at IAH are connected by an above-ground automated people-mover (Skyway) and an underground train (Subway).

During your downtime

The airport’s dining scene has undergone a major revamp according to Houston Eater, as some notable chefs are opening airport restaurants. Travelers must try 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House (post-security; Terminal B; near Gates B1-B31); La Tapenade (post-security; Terminal E; near Gates E2-E9); and Urban Crave (post-security; Terminal C; near Gates 29-33).

If you’re not hungry and just want to kill some time before your flight, stop in Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Eddie Bauer and Hershey’s. For a local touch, pick up a new pair of cowboy boots at Pinto Ranch or NASA apparel at the Space Corner.

IAH also features one of the largest collections of public art in the state of Texas. The “Harmony in the Air” performing arts program is aimed at creating a stress-free, happy atmosphere for passengers and visitors through live performances. Check out its schedule and locations before you fly.

Traveling soon? Make a reservation at our IAH facility.