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Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, USA - Texas
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
National
$61.94 / per day
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$95.14 / per day
Minivan
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$96.44 / per day
Intermediate
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
National
$64.52 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
National
$70.97 / per day
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
National
$92.91 / per day
Full-size
TOYOTA CAMRY or similar
TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$101.14 / per day
Luxury
Cadillac XTS V6 Platinum or similar
Cadillac XTS V6 Platinum
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
National
$114.84 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$70.52 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Airport Car Rental

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a major airport in the United States. Named after George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, the airport serves the fourth-most-populous city in the country. 

Houston sees a large number of business travelers. In addition to these, many tourists also make Houston a destination of theirs. It’s arts scene and museums draw lots of visitors. People also enjoy the city’s up and coming food scene, which can be seen at some of the restaurants in the airport. 

Top international routes

  • Mexico City
  • Cancun
  • London-Heathrow
  • Calgary
  • Frankfurt
  • Monterrey
  • Amsterdam
  • Tokyo-Narita
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Toronto

Main airlines

Houston is one of United Airlines major hubs and therefore roughly 50% of passengers at IAH fly on it. Spirit Airlines also has made IAH a focus airport. Mesa Airlines, ExpressJet, and American Airlines also have a significant presence at the airport.

Terminals

There are five terminals at the airport. Terminal A serves U.S. and Canadian destinations for all airlines except United. Terminals B, C, and E serve United flights with Terminal E also serving its international flights. Terminal D is the main international terminal.

The Skyway people mover connects all of the terminals and the International Arrivals Building airside, meaning transit between the terminals is possible without going through security again. The Subway connects all five terminals on the land side along with the airport hotel.

Location

The airport is located approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Downtown Houston. The most convenient access to downtown is via the Hardy Toll Road, but I-69 is also an option.

Most popular types of rental car

Economy, Mini, Compact, Van, SUV

Top car rental companies

National and Europcar are the most popular rental companies at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for cars. Vans are also available through Ace Rent a Car, though a shuttle to Ace’s off-airport location is required.

Car rental desks

All car rental suppliers at the airport have rental desks inside the Rental Car Center which can be reached in about five minutes via a shuttle from the terminals

Services and facilities

The airport has all of the services and facilities you would expect a large international airport would have. Unfortunately, the offerings differ between the terminals. For instance, the classic Texas burger joint, Whataburger, is only located in Terminal B.

Lounges can be found in all terminals. Terminal D includes Air France, Centurion, and KLM Crown Lounges. Terminals A, B, C, and E all have United Club Lounges.

Water bottle refilling points are available in all of the terminals. So are baby care facilities. All terminals except Terminal Ba have a Visitor Information Center.

There is a Marriott at the airport located in the middle of the terminals. Other hotels can be found just outside the airport with most offering a free shuttle.

Consult IAH’s Interactive Directions to see what exactly is available in the terminal that you will be arriving at.

Nearest gas station

The Shell station located on the corner of John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Greens Rd. is the last station before reaching the airport. As with many stations close to an airport, its prices are significantly higher due to rental car drivers filling up. The Exxon station across the street is significantly cheaper as is the Shell station located south on the same road. These locations are, of course, less convenient due to being on the other side of the busy road.

Popular one-way rentals

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Airport info

Rating
7.5
  • Getting to the airport 6.1
  • Departure and check-in 6.8
  • Terminal facilities 6.6
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.2
  • Lounge 5.4

Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

  • IATA: IAH
  • ICAO: KIAH
  • Airport name: Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Large Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 30 m / 97 ft
  • Runway Surface: Concrete / Grooved
  • Passengers (per year): 40,696,216
  • Distance from City: 15 miles / 24.1 km N of town
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day

Top Locations near Houston Airport

When are car rental prices cheapest at Houston Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Houston Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Houston Airport
$44.12
January
$36.40
February
$38.60
March
$31.98
April
$34.74
May
June
$148.90
July
August
$30.33
September
$58.73
October
$81.34
November
$36.95
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Houston Airport is September when prices for an Economy class start from $30.33. You can see that this is 44% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 80% cheaper than renting a car in July (when rental prices start at $148.90 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Houston Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 15 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length at Houston Airport
6
January
5
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
11
September
10
October
10
November
15
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Houston Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Houston Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
Houston Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
97%
January
82%
February
91%
March
91%
April
111%
May
110%
June
122%
July
101%
August
80%
September
108%
October
106%
November
103%
December

Top 7 Suppliers for Houston Airport in 2019

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.6
001 2 812 093 590 / 001 8 007 775 500
17330 Palmetto Pines Suite A7, Houston, TX 77032
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
001 8 335 111 745
17300 Palmetto Pines, Houston, TX 77032
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
17330 PALMETTO PINES
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
001 8 664 342 226
17330 Palmetto Pines
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
001 8 772 830 898
17330 Palmetto Pines
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
469-729-8723
5650 Green Road
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7
8335111743
17300 PALMETTO PNES,

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