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William P. Hobby Airport [HOU] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

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Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) served 14.4 million passengers in 2019, with Southwest Airlines serving the majority of its route network. HOU is the only 5-star airport in Texas, having achieved its status in the 2022 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Houston’s “second” airport!

Quick Info

Airport: William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Terminals: 1 terminal and 2 concourses
Airport Address: 7800 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
Distance From Downtown Houston: 7 miles (11 km)
Website: fly2houston.com
Phone Number: 281-230-3100
Annual Passengers: 14.4 million
Destinations: 56 domestic and 11 international destinations
Flight Information: Departures and arrivals info can be found online

Airlines Operating From HOU

HOU Airport Terminals

William P Hobby International Airport
William P. Hobby Airport map. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

HOU consists of a single passenger terminal with a central departures concourse and a separate concourse for international arrivals. At the front of the terminal, several roadways provide curbside access on 2 levels and access to 3 parking garages for short- and long-term parking.

Main Terminal

Level 1: Baggage Claim

William P Hobby International Airport Arrivals Level
William P. Hobby Airport level 1. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

The baggage claim area is located on level 1 for both domestic and international arrivals. Passengers arriving on domestic flights may collect their luggage from the central arrivals area. Passengers on international flights will arrive at the West Concourse, and can then collect their luggage and proceed through Customs and Immigration.

Ground transportation services are located on level 1, including the rental car offices directly in front of the baggage claim carousels.

Level 2: Departures

William P Hobby International Airport
William P. Hobby Airport map. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

Airline ticketing for Southwest Airlines is on the west side of the main terminal on level 2, with all other airlines on the east side. The security checkpoint is located in the middle of the terminal and provides access to the Central Concourse and West Concourse.

Central Concourse

William P Hobby International Airport Central Concourse
William P. Hobby Airport Level Central Concourse. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

The Central Concourse has 25 gates numbered 20 to 32 and 40 to 51. There’s a good selection of shops and restaurants, and a USO Lounge and chapel are on the lower level near gate 44.

West Concourse

William P Hobby International Airport West Concourse
William P. Hobby Airport West Concourse. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

The West Concourse has 5 gates numbered 1 to 5 and a small selection of shops and restaurants. The 2 concourses are connected by a long corridor with moving walkways so that passengers can visit the concessions across both concourses. The West Concourse manages international flights as it has Customs and Immigration facilities.

Inter-terminal Transport

Walking

HOU is not a huge airport, and with just 1 terminal providing access to both concourses, passengers can walk between all areas of the airport.

To connect between flights, passengers may walk between the 2 concourses inside the secure area provided they are not arriving on an international flight. Passengers arriving on an international flight — or those who need to collect luggage — will need to re-clear security.

Security and Customs at HOU

HOU has 1 security checkpoint located in the main terminal that is open daily from 3:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

TSA PreCheck

There are dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at the HOU. Opening hours can vary, so it’s best to check the TSA website.

HOU does not have a TSA Enrollment Center, with the closest located around 8 miles away at 1717 Turning Basin, Ste. 140 Houston, TX 77029-4050.

Global Entry

HOU has Global Entry kiosks in the international arrivals area for passengers that have been approved for the program.

There’s no Global Entry Enrollment Center at HOU. The closest is located at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Mobile Passport

HOU has dedicated Mobile Passport Control lines for eligible participants to complete their arrival information via the app.

HOU Airport Lounges

The only lounge at HOU is a USO Lounge for active military personnel. The lounge is located in the central concourse near gate 44.

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Dining and Drinks at HOU

HOU has 16 restaurants, cafes, and fast food counters. Pre-security, there is only 1 place to grab a bite, Pappas Bar-B-Q, located opposite the security checkpoint.

HOU Wi-Fi and Charging Points

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminals and parking garages. To connect, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select “Free Airport WIFI” from your available connections
  2. Launch your browser and agree to the terms and conditions
  3. Dial 844-831-0999 if you need any assistance

HOU Airport Lost and Found

HOU’s Lost and Found office is located next to the American Airlines baggage office on level 1. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and passengers may contact the office at 833-274-7020 or report a lost item online.

If you lose an item at a security checkpoint, contact TSA at 713-454-6933 or email TSAHobbyLF@tsa.dhs.gov. Passengers can also visit the TSA lost and found office on level 1 on the east side of baggage claim, open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you lose an item on board an aircraft, you need to contact the relevant airline.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

Interactive visitor kiosks can be found in the following locations:

  • Level 1, baggage claim
  • Level 2, near gate 1
  • Level 2, post-security, near the rotunda
  • Level 2, near gate 22
  • Level 2, near gate 42

Visitor information centers staffed with airport volunteers are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located at:

  • Level 1, Houston Interactive Center
  • Level 2, pre-security, near the security checkpoint
  • Level 2, post-security, near the rotunda

Children’s Play Area

HOU has a children’s play area in the West Concourse near gate 4 to entertain your little ones. If you have a family vacation coming up, check out our article on the most kid-friendly U.S. airports.

Baby Facilities

Nursing rooms are located at: 

  • Near the entrance to security and the KPRC2 Travel Store
  • Near gate 4
  • Near gate 24
  • Near gate 46

Prayer

There are 2 interfaith chapels located at:

  • Level 1, baggage claim
  • Central Concourse, near gate 44

Little Free Library

HOU airport Little Free Library
Little Free Library. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

HOU has free little libraries for passengers to take or leave a book at their leisure. These are located at:

  • West Concourse, near Pappasito’s Cantina Bar
  • Near gate 23
  • Near gate 44

Traveling With a Service Animal

HOU has 2 service animal relief areas, located at:

  • Level 1, near ground transportation Zone 4 and the Red Garage
  • Level 2, near the CNBC Shop

Smoking Areas

Smoking is permitted outside the terminal at least 25 feet from any doorway.

Money

ATMs are located at:

  • Level 1, baggage claim area
  • Level 2, pre-security, main lobby
  • Level 2, near gate 1
  • Level 2, near gate 21

Currency exchange services are located on level 2 near the security checkpoint (pre-security).

Luggage Storage

There are no luggage storage facilities at HOU.

Important HOU Phone Numbers

Customer Service: 713-640-3000

Parking Services: 281-233-1730

Lost and Found: 833-274-7020

Travel to and From HOU

William P Hobby International Airport Ground Transportation
William P. Hobby Airport ground transportation area. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

Transport Options

Bus

  • METRO: Bus 40 operates between HOU, downtown Houston, and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Buses depart from curb Zone 3 outside of baggage claim, and the journey takes around an hour.
  • Cruise and Charter Buses: Passengers will be met at baggage claim by their representative and escorted to their transportation.

Shuttles

  • Hotel shuttle buses depart from curb Zone 3, and off-airport parking shuttles depart from curb Zones 3 and 4.
  • Private and shared-ride shuttles depart from curb Zone 4 in the ground transportation area, and the airport recommends these companies.

Taxi

On-demand taxis pick up from curb Zone 2 in the ground transportation area. Fares are approximately $29 from the airport to downtown Houston and $76 to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, excluding tips. Senior citizens receive a 10% discount.

Rideshare

Rideshare operators Get Me, LyftUber, and Wingz are authorized to operate from HOU. Drivers may drop off passengers on the departures level and pick them up from curb Zone 5 outside baggage claim.

Getting to HOU by Car

Arriving From Downtown Houston

Take I-45 S to exit 39 towards Park Place Blvd./Broadway Blvd. Merge onto Gulf Fwy., and continue straight onto Broadway Street. Use the left lane to take the exit towards Terminal and Parking and merge onto Hobby Airport Loop.

Arriving From George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Take I-69 from Will Clayton Parkway to Exit 128B-129B to merge onto I-45 south towards Galveston. Take Exit 39 towards Park Pl. Blvd./Broadway Blvd. and continue straight onto Broadway St. for access to the airport via Hobby Airport Loop.

HOU Airport Parking Information

William P. Hobby Airport Parking
William P. Hobby Airport parking. Image Credit: Houston Airport System

Short-term Parking

Red Garage

The Red Garage is located directly across from the terminal, and passengers can walk to the garage from Level 1 baggage claim. EV Blink chargers can be found on Level 2.

Blue Garage

The Blue Garage is west of the Red Garage and is connected to the terminal via a pedestrian bridge. To reach the pedestrian bridge, take the elevator or escalator near the Southwest Airlines ticketing desks up to Level 3. ChargePoint EV charging locations can be found on Level 2, Row D.

The Red and Blue Garages charge the following rates:

  • 0 to 10 mins: $1
  • 11 mins to 1 hour: $5
  • 1 to 2 hours: $6
  • 2 to 3 hours: $8
  • 3 to 5 hours: $10
  • 5 to 24 hours: $24

Valet parking (Red Garage):

  • 0 to 1 hour: $14
  • 2 to 24 hours: $28

Long-term Parking

The Ecopark uncovered lot is located east of the terminal, and passengers can walk to the parking lot from the far east end of Level 1. There is also a free shuttle service that operates daily from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. EV Blink chargers can be found in Row 7.

The Ecopark lot rates are:

  • 0 to 3 hours: $5.54 plus tax
  • 3 to 24 hours: $9.24 plus tax

Hot Tip: If you park regularly at HOU or at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, you can earn points towards free parking by joining the Parking Plus program.

Pick-up and Drop-off Parking

HOU has a free cell phone waiting lot located on the south side of Airport Boulevard at 7600 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061.

Visitors may wait with their vehicles in the parking lot until a passenger is ready for curbside pickup.

Hotel and Off-site Parking Lots

If you’re on a budget, you can save money by parking at an external parking lot. Hotels and off-airport parking lots offer cheaper rates than official airport lots.

Parking at HOU starts at $4.95 per day when booked at airportparkingreservations.com.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Accessible parking spaces are available in all airport-owned parking lots and the Ecopark lot. For inquiries, passengers may call 281-233-1786.

Parking Contact Number

General Inquiries: 281-233-1730

Car Rental at HOU Airport

The rental car companies listed below (excluding Payless) have a rental counter opposite the main terminal baggage claim area. Courtesy shuttle buses transport passengers between the terminal and the rental car facilities.

The following rental companies are available:

Hot Tip: Avoid paying expensive insurance fees with the rental agency by registering for a credit card with rental car insurance.

HOU Airport Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport. Image Credit: Booking.com

There are no hotels located on HOU airport property, with the closest located 1 mile away. Within a 3-mile radius of the airport, there are only 2- and 3-star hotels available, so you would need to venture closer to the city center for a more luxurious stay.

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport8001 Monroe Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
346-268-7603
31
Hampton Inn Houston Hobby Airport8620 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-641-6400
31.1
La Quinta by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport8776 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-510-3723
31.1
Holiday Inn Houston-Hobby Airport8611 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-946-8900
31.1
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-645-3000
31.2
Best Western Plus Hobby Airport Inn and Suites8778 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-943-2700
31.2
Hobby Airport Inn8800 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-581-7234
21.2
Travelodge by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport8850 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
832-548-9392
21.2
Comfort Suites Hobby Airport9120 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-944-4400
31.5
Motel 6 Houston Hobby9005 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-943-3300
21.5
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport9114 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-944-3004
31.5
SpringHill Suites Houston Hobby Airport7922 Mosley Rd., Houston, TX 77061
713-943-1713
31.5
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport9100 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-943-7979
31.6
Courtyard Houston/Hobby Airport9190 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-910-1700
31.6
GreenTree – Houston Hobby Airport7902 Mosley Rd., Houston, TX 77061
346-258-6002
31.6
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston – Hobby Airport Area9185 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-944-4120
31.7
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Hobby Airport8730 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-941-6000
31.7
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Houston Hobby Airport9101 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-947-0155
Undisclosed1.7
Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport8720 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-948-0800
31.7
Super 8 by Wyndham Houston Hobby Airport South10130 Almeda Genoa Rd., Houston, TX 77075
713-943-2020
22.9

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramRedemption Cost
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-645-3000
31.2Hilton HonorsFrom 30,000 Hilton Honors points
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport9100 Gulf Fwy., Houston, TX 77017
713-943-7979
31.6Marriott BonvoyFrom 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
Holiday Inn Houston Hobby Airport8611 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061
713-946-8900
31.1IHG One RewardsFrom 15,000 IHG One Rewards points

Less than a mile from William P. Hobby Airport via free shuttle, and 5 minutes from local dining and shopping in downtown Houston, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hobby Airport is an incredibly convenient option. Guests have access to an on-site restaurant, fitness center, business center, outdoor pool, and free parking. You can expect award nights to cost at least 30,000 points per night.

Marriott loyalists will love the Houston Marriott South for its convenient location and excellent amenities. In addition to standard perks like a complimentary airport shuttle, fitness center, and indoor pool, the hotel also has a lounge for elite members, along with a barber and even on-site laundry. You can book rooms from 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

The Holiday Inn Hobby Airport is newly renovated and just 1 mile away from Hobby Airport. Guests will enjoy amenities like an outdoor pool and whirlpool, a cocktail lounge, a fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and a complimentary airport shuttle. You can expect award nights at the hotel to start at 15,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more Hilton Honors pointsMarriott Bonvoy points, or IHG One Rewards points.

Final Thoughts

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is 1 of 2 major commercial airports serving the Houston area, but its location close to downtown makes it an excellent alternative to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Although HOU’s route network and number of daily flights are not as extensive as IAH, HOU’s size can offer a quicker and more convenient airport experience if you find a suitable flight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What airlines fly into William P. Hobby Airport?

Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and Southwest all operate out of William P. Hobby Airport.

Is George Bush Airport the same as Hobby?

George Bush International Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) are 2 separate airports. IAH is around 18 miles north of downtown Houston and offers an extensive range of nonstop flights. HOU is south of downtown Houston (and closer to it) with only 5 airlines operating flights.

How many terminals does Hobby Airport have?

William P. Hobby Airport has 1 main terminal with a Central Concourse and West Concourse.

Which Houston airport does Southwest fly into?

Southwest Airlines flies into both William P. Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

How far is Hobby from Bush?

William P. Hobby Airport is around 30 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

How much does it cost to park at Hobby?

The red and blue parking garages charge the following rates:

  • 0 to 10 mins: $1
  • 11 mins to 1 hour: $5
  • 1 to 2 hours: $6
  • 2 to 3 hours: $8
  • 3 to 5 hours: $10
  • 5 to 24 hours: $24

The Ecopark lot rates are:

  • 0 to 3 hours: $5.54 plus tax
  • 3 to 24 hours: $9.24 plus tax

Is Hobby Airport an international airport?

William P. Hobby Airport is an international airport operating flights to 11 international destinations. There is a separate international concourse with Customs and Immigration facilities.

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Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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