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Very little to do in the airport. Planes are delayed often from this airport due to unpredictable weather year-round. It is not uncommon to be stranded for 4-6 hours waiting for your flight to take off. - Guest

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Houston Hobby Airport.

What to Expect

Houston Hobby Airport is a mid-size terminal that services a lot of Southwest Airlines flights. The main concourse consists of 25 gates and a new, smaller international concourse has five gates. There are dozens of eateries and shops throughout the airport on both the air and land sides, with a few offering 24-hour service. WiFi is available and there are plenty of outlets throughout the airport for charging mobile devices. As of this update (May 2018), there did not appear to be any lounges in this airport.

Where to Sleep

Travellers report that the terminal areas are very clean and the airport staff friendly and accommodating to overnight sleepers. Seating is described as plentiful and comfortable, though much of it reportedly comes with armrests. The airport is known for weather-induced flight delays and cancellations, and travellers report that when enough passengers are stranded, airport staff bring out cots, foam sleeping pads, blankets and toiletries kits. Noise and cold temperatures were cited as potential sleep annoyances, so consider bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling earphones and extra layers and/or travel blanket for enhanced sleeping comfort. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

Houston Hobby Airport has one of the largest collections of public art in the state of Texas. The airport features dozens of artworks throughout the facility, primarily from noteworthy Texas artists.

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Houston Hobby Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update there were no pay-per-use lounges.

Military Lounges

  • USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: WiFi, video games, TV lounge, snacks, computers and a library. Location: Main Concourse, Airside, one level below Gate 44. Hours: 9:00AM - 9:00PM.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Houston Hobby Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Houston Hobby Airport- (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Houston Hobby Airport- (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle to the airport and surrounding area (within 2 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport - (8 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Hobby Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Houston Hobby Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Houston Hobby Airport. Connect to the "Free Airport WIFI" network.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - Art exhibitions and daily scheduled live music shows are available throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Level 1 Baggage Claim • Landside, Level 2, near Main Entrance • Airside, Level 2, near the Food Court.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim and drop-off areas of all four terminals, Rate: unknown.
  • Chapels - The Airport Interfaith Chapel offers a quiet place to collect your thoughts. Two locations: Central Lobby, Baggage Claim (landside) and Central Concourse (airside, near Gate 46) Open: 24 hours.
  • Currency Exchange - Offered on Level 2 (landside), just before the security checkpoint.
  • Drinking Water - Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available free of charge. Locations: Landside, Level 1, International Arrivals exit area • Landside, Level 2, near Southwest ticketing • Airside, near Gate 1 and Gate 3.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - In addition to the airport’s retail shops, various items can be purchased 24/7 from automated kiosks placed throughout the airside areas of the airport.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some opening as early as 4:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. The only Landside restaurant is Papa’s BBQ (Hours: 5:00AM - 10:00PM except Saturday when it closes at 9:00PM). Vending machines are available in the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Massage Chairs - Sit back and enjoy a 5-minute deep-tissue massage for a small fee. Locations: Central Concourse Rotunda, Central Concourse (near Gates 24-32 and near Gate 46), West Concourse (near Gate 3 and near Gate 1) and Level 1 Baggage Claim.
  • Mobile Charging - Look for the seats with built-in power outlets at these gates: 1-5, 20-25, 27 and 40-51.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking - Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the Terminal. Designated areas can be found outside the Terminal.
  • Spa - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more services are available. Location: Central Concourse (airside, near Gate 44) Hours: 5:00AM - 10:00PM, closed at 8:00PM on Saturdays.
  • Traveler's Aid - This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Location: Unknown. Hours: 6:00AM - 9:00PM

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Airport Hours

While the airport is open 24 hours ,the TSA security checkpoints are open 4:30AM - 5:00PM. You will not be able to access the secure area of the terminal outside of this time frame.

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As of January 2018, Houston Hobby airport is served by the following airlines: Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air New Zealand • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • ANA • Avianca • Bahamas Air • British Airways • Delta • Emirates • Eva Air • Frontier Airlines • InterJet • KLM • Lufthansa • Qatar • Singapore Airlines • SonAir • Spirit • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • WestJet.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Houston Hobby is served by Houston METRO bus system. Bus No 40 connects to downtown in approximately one hour. Pick up is at Curb Zone 3 (Lower Level). For additional route maps, schedules and fares, visit the Houston METRO website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located in the lower level near Baggage Claim, and shuttles to the car rental lots pick up at Curb Zone 1. Onsite car rental agencies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. If you have rented through Payless there is no counter inside the airport.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. These hotels can be reached by direct-dial courtesy phones in the baggage claim area, and the pick up area is Curb Zone 9B. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Comfort Suites Hobby Airport Houston   •   Courtyard Houston Hobby Airport   •   Days Inn and Suites Houston Hobby Airport   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport   •   Drury Inn & Suites Houston Hobby   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Hobby Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport   •   Hampton Inn Houston Hobby   •   Holiday Inn Houston Hobby Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Hobby Airport   •   Motel 6 Houston Hobby Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Houston Hobby Airport   •   Super 8 Houston Hobby Airport North   •   Stay Express Inn & Suites Houston Hobby Airport

Shuttles and Limousines

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door shared ride service between Houston Hobby and the Houston metropolitan area. SuperShuttle, Galveston Limousine and other shuttle services pick up from Curb Zone 3 (Lower Level).


Taxis are readily available at Curb Zone 1, outside of baggage claim on the lower level. All fares within Houston city limits are charged flat Zone Rate or metered rate, whichever is less. The following one-way flat zone rates were current at the time of this December 2017 update: Downtown $26; Galleria $55.00 and NASA Space Center $38.00. In addition, a surcharge of $1.25 is applied as a departure fee and a $1.00 surcharge applies for rides between 8:00PM and 6:00AM.

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Last Updated: 02 November 2017

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