Where to Park, Shop and Dine at Houston Intercontinental

January 1, 2023
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is located about 23 miles (37 km) north of downtown Houston. Serving both domestic and international passengers, IAH lies between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 with direct access to the Hardy Toll Road expressway.

In 1957, a group of Houston businessmen purchased the territory occupied by the airport to preserve it until the city of Houston could formulate a plan for a new airport. Originally known as Houston Intercontinental Airport, the airport was later renamed after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.

IAH was recognized for providing the best website and digital service of any airport during the 2019 World Airport Awards.Additionally, as of 2021, IAH is ranked as the second best airport in North America according to the World Airport Awards.

Today, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the second largest passenger hub for United Airlines. Terminal A serves all non-United domestic and Canadian operations as well as select United Express domestic operations and international departures.

Terminal B serves most United Express domestic operations and international departures.

Terminal C, also known as Lewis W. Cutrer Terminal, serves as United Airlines' main base of domestic operations at IAH, and serves some United Express domestic operations and international departures.

Terminal D, known as Mickey Leland Terminal, serves all non-United international operations and some United Express international arrivals.

Terminal E serves as United’s main base of international operations at IAH, in addition to serving some United Express international arrivals and some larger mainline domestic operations. All United international mainline flights arrive at Terminal E while all United Express international flights arrive at Terminals D or E, then depart out of Terminal A, B or C.

Carriers serving IAH include Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca El Salvador, Bahamasair, Boutique Air, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, Viva Aerobus, Volaris and WestJet.

IAH features several dining and shopping options that offer local fare, American classics, and global cuisine.
There are several clubs and lounges available for frequent flyers.

  • The Admirals Club is in Terminal A near Gate A25.
  • The Air France Lounge is Terminal D near Gate D12.
  • The United Clubs are in Terminal A near Gate A9, Terminal B on the Mezzanine Level, Terminal C near Gates C1 and C33, and Terminal E near Gates E11 and E12. The United Polaris Lounge is also near Gate E12.
  • The British Airways Lounge is in Terminal D near Gates D7 and D8.
  • The Executive Club is in Terminal D near Gate D5.
  • The KLM Crown Lounge is in Terminal D near Gate D8.
  • The Centurion Lounge by American Express is on the Mezzanine Level and is accessible via the elevator in the duty free shop near Gate 6.

IAH displays many art installations. See what’s on display now here.

Parking near IAH with The Parking Spot helps travelers find the best, most convenient, and most cost-effective parking option so their car-to-air transfer is as seamless as possible. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is approximately 70% less expensive than parking at the airport. Lots are located within minutes from IAH and include complimentary door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport.

  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Valet Parking at select locations
  • Extra wide parking available at select locations for select parking types

Need to book an overnight stay in Houston? There are ample hotels in close proximity to IAH:

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens (22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338) - Take in over 250 acres of natural beauty along beautiful Cypress Creek. (8.4 miles from IAH)

Old Town Springs (403 Main St, Spring, Texas 77373) - Old Town Springs started as a small railroad hub. Today, it is known for its historic tours, music performances, and family events of all kinds. (15.6 miles from IAH)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet St, Houston TX 77005) - One of the largest museums in the US, The Museum of Fine Arts boasts an extensive permanent collection of fine art. (23 miles from IAH)

Houston Zoo (200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030) - Kids of all ages will enjoy this zoological park’s 55 acres, 6,000 animals and 900 species. (24 miles from IAH)

Q. How far is IAH from HOU?
A. IAH and HOU are about 32 miles away from each other.

Q. Where is IAH located?
A. IAH is located at 2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032. It is located northeast of the city of Houston, between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 with direct access to the Hardy Toll Road expressway.

Q. Is vaping allowed inside IAH?
A. Vaping is not allowed inside of IAH. It is only allowed in the designated smoking areas outside the terminals.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at IAH?
A. Unfortunately, IAH does not have a designated kid-friendly area.
Q. Is there a nursing area at IAH?

A. IAH offers lactation and nursing areas throughout the airport. Lactation and mothers rooms are located throughout the airport in Terminal A, B, C and E. Nurseries with baby cribs and rocking chairs are located in Terminals B and D.

Q. How many runways does IAH have?
A. IAH has five runways for flight traffic and covers 10,000 acres.

Q. Does IAH have free WiFi?
A. Each terminal (including the parking garages) at IAH features free airport WiFi. Look for IAH Free WiFi from the list of networks available to you.

Q. Can pets fly at IAH?
A. Pets can fly through IAH, but must be in carriers except when going through security or visiting one of the airport’s pet relief areas.


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