Houston Transportation

Visitors to the nation's fourth largest city will find it easy to get around by car, bus, light rail or taxi. Houston has a very complex freeway system that converges in the downtown area, with Interstate 45 and Interstate 10 meeting U.S. Highway 59 and Texas State Route 288. The Houston Metro bus service connects downtown to all outlying neighborhoods, and the modern METRORail system whisks passengers from the central business district to several suburban stations. Tourists can enjoy a walking tour of the downtown attractions and find plenty of taxi stands at designated areas near major motels and office skyscrapers.

Airport To Downtown
Houston is served by two major airports. Hobby Airport is located approximately 12 miles southeast of the downtown area, adjacent to Interstate 45. All major rental car agencies have service desks at the airport terminal, and taxi queues are located near the baggage claim areas. Taxi fares are not fixed on routes between Hobby Airport and downtown Houston.

George Bush International Airport is located 17 miles north of downtown, adjacent to U.S. Highway 59. Each passenger terminal has rental car agencies and taxi stands. The Metro bus service operates from the airport to downtown Houston as well as to several of the north neighborhood park and ride lots.

METRORail Line
Visitors to Houston will find the METRORail line a convenient way to travel between downtown and the Museum District, Reliant Park and the Texas Medical Center. Downtown stations are found at the north end of Main Street and include the UH-Houston station, Preston station, Main Street Square station and the downtown transit center.

Metro Bus Service
Houston's Metro bus fleet of 1,200 vehicles crisscrosses the entire city and suburban communities. Visitors can take a bus to one of 28 different park and ride stations and walk to nearby attractions. Convenient route maps are posted at most of the downtown stops.

Traveling By Taxi
Downtown Houston has a fixed fare taxi service regardless of the destination. Licensed taxi services use designated stands that are clearly marked. No surcharges apply for multiple riders. Certain city blocks have taxi hailing icons clearly marked on the pavement. These are 3-minute parking areas where loading and unloading of passengers is permitted by law.

Jitney Service
These modern vehicles are a hybrid cross between limousine and public bus. Regular servcie is available in the downtown area, with stops made at all of the popular nightlife venues and fine restaurants. Known as the Wave, this service includes a route that takes passengers through the Montrose, Uptown, Rice Village districts, and along the Washington Avenue corridor.