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

Houston Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$46.57 per day
Houston Airport
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$52.74 per day
Houston Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$54.93 per day
Houston Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$64.94 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Houston Airport
Compact
Compact (Nissan Versa) or similar
Compact (Nissan Versa)
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$67.85 per day
Houston Airport
Premium
Audi A3 or similar
Audi A3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$76.93 per day
Houston Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$90.53 per day
Houston Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Audi Q3 or similar
Audi Q3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$97.88 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:44 on 2024-07-09. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Spanish
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$69 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 136 km/h or 55 - 85 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.1 / 10
Average gas price
$0.88 per liter or $3.33 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$0.69 per liter or $2.61 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.19 per liter or $4.50 per gallon
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Airport travel guide

The largest city in Texas, Houston has more than just its size going for it if you scratch beneath the surface. Known for its innovation and scientific prowess, it can be equally exciting in terms of culture and entertainment and is also near a number of destinations for fun day trips. Here are three ideas for your trip:

  • Space Center. Many visitors and locals alike will tell you that no visit to Houston will be complete without seeing this science museum and NASA visitor center. With a collection of numerous starships (some of which have been to outer space), moon rocks, command modules, and a Mars virtual reality wall that permits you to experience the red planet, it greets more than one million visitors every year. Visit its official website to learn more. 
  • Museum of Fine Arts. A large complex that’s made up of the neoclassical Watkin Building and several other structures, as well as the Bayou Bend Gardens, this is another fascinating Houston landmark to visit. Exhibitions include historic art from all over the world, as well as works by famous American and foreign artists such as Goya and Botticelli. Learn more on the museum’s official website
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Taking place every March, this is the largest event of its kind on the planet. Held in NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, the livestock show and rodeo is a lot of fun, and also an opportunity to learn more about Texan culture. Many famous performers and musical acts have entertained audiences over the years.

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

  • Convertibles - from $91 per day
  • Large cars - from $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $50 per day
  • Vans - from $118 per day
  • Premium cars - from $57 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $57 per day

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

  • Dallas, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
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Airport info

Rating
7.8
  • Getting to the airport 7.7
  • Check-in and departures 8.2
  • Terminal facilities 7.8
  • Wi-Fi 7.6
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.7
  • Lounge 7.7

Houston Airport

  • IATA: IAH
  • ICAO: KIAH
  • Name: Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Distance from city: 15 miles / 24.1 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Houston Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Houston Airport varies by season. The table and graph below can help you find the best time of year to save on a rental car.
Average rental costs per day at Houston Airport
$43.19
January
$43.64
February
$52.49
March
$65.63
April
$55.28
May
$57.50
June
$41.80
July
$41.61
August
$48.43
September
$53.66
October
$42.15
November
$37.92
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Houston Airport is December — when rental costs average $37.92 per day. This is 22% cheaper than the yearly average and 42% cheaper than renting a car in April (when prices average $65.63 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Houston Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in April the average rental period is 9 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average number of rental days at Houston Airport
5
January
5
February
6
March
9
April
8
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
5
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Houston Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Houston Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car in August, while they are least likely to rent in in March.
Monthly searches at Houston Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
56%
January
35%
February
31%
March
67%
April
53%
May
68%
June
146%
July
197%
August
174%
September
130%
October
108%
November
134%
December

Car rental information

Popular suppliers Easirent, Dollar, RightCars, Thrifty, Rent a Car 4Less
Popular car categories Large cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Small cars
Lowest price $47 per day
Cheapest supplier Easirent

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
RightCars Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Easirent Nissan Altima 4 1 Large cars
Easirent Nissan Sentra 4 2 Medium cars
RightCars Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars
Dollar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Easirent Hyundai Santa Fe 5 2 SUVs
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Easirent Toyota Yaris 5 0 Small cars
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Easirent Buick Encore 5 3 SUVs

FAQ

Can I travel from Houston to Mexico in a rental car?
In most cases, you are not allowed to take a rental car to Mexico. Your best bet is to plan to rent a different car at the border.
Are there toll roads in Houston?
Yes, there are multiple toll roads in Houston, including the main road leading to and from the airport (Hardy Toll Road).
Can I pay for Houston's tolls in cash?
Some toll roads have booths that accept cash payments (during the hours they are open). Others require electronic payment. The safest thing to do is to accept any toll package the rental company offers or to play to avoid toll roads altogether.
Can I take a vehicle rented at IAH to other states?
In most cases, you will be able to travel to the surrounding states with your rental car. Be sure to clarify this when picking up the car to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

United States of America (USA)
Lincoln Continental
March 24, 2024
Came for a wedding and ended the night meeting some great new friends and getting in n out.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
January 1, 2024
Visited friends
Canada
Ford Focus
September 8, 2023
customer photo customer photo
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Spark
September 7, 2023
Quiet time , visited Kamah boardwalk , Nasa Space center and some local food places
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Malibu
March 28, 2023
This was a reunion will friends and former classmates.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Altima
March 6, 2023
The rodeo
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
December 24, 2022
very smooth process
United States of America (USA)
Chrysler Pacifica
July 13, 2020
the price is very good
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Avis
8.4 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Easirent
5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
10
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$69.04
Lowest daily price
$46.57
Total cars available
710

Top 16 suppliers at Houston Airport in 2024

Avis
Very good 8.4 / 21 reviews
+12814435800
17330 Palmetto Pines
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 5 reviews
+18336289676
17300 Palmetto Pines, Houston, TX 77032
$76 - $209
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
SIXT
Good 7.9 / 3 reviews
+18887498227
17330 Palmetto Pines Suite A7 77032-6520 Houston, Texas
$68 - $189
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
+18335111743
17300 Palmetto Pines, Houston, TX 77032, United States
$73 - $203
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8
+12812096700
17314 Palmetto Pines
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 3 reviews
+12814490145
17330 Palmetto Pines
$65 - $178
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
National
National
Good 7.7 / 1 review
+18335111745
17300 Palmetto Pines, Houston, TX 77032
$77 - $196
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5 / 1 review
2814438477
17330 Palmetto Pines
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.5 / 1 review
+17863747442 / +17867798440
15850 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX 77032
$59 - $205
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:00
Tue:06:00-21:00
Wed:06:00-21:00
Thu:06:00-21:00
Fri:06:00-21:00
Sat:06:00-21:00
Sun:06:00-21:00
Advantage
Advantage
Good 7.5
8007775500
17330 Palmetto Pinessuite A3
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
One Switch Rent a Car
One Switch Rent a Car
Good 7.4 / 2 reviews
+13463075566
15555 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston Tx 77032
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-17:00
York Car Rental
York Car Rental
Good 7.1
+13463075566
15555 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Working hours
Mon:08:30-03:30
Tue:08:30-03:30
Wed:08:30-03:30
Thu:08:30-03:30
Fri:08:30-03:30
Sat:08:30-12:00
Sun:08:30-12:00
Thrifty
Satisfactory 6.9 / 23 reviews
+18772830898
17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston, TX 77032, USA
$53 - $165
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Dollar
Satisfactory 6.1 / 46 reviews
+18664342226
17330 PALMETTO PINES
$55 - $166
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Rent a Car 4Less
Rent a Car 4Less
Satisfactory 6 / 8 reviews
+12693045377
15850 John F Kennedy. Blvd, Houston, TX 77032
Working hours
Mon:06:00-20:00
Tue:06:00-20:00
Wed:06:00-20:00
Thu:06:00-20:00
Fri:06:00-20:00
Sat:06:00-20:00
Sun:06:00-20:00
Easirent
Poor 5 / 87 reviews
+12812715660
Marriott By Courtyard Hotel,15838 John F Kennedy Blvd
$47 - $147
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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