How to Transfer Between Hobby & Bush International

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Hobby Airport is Houston's second largest airport.
Hobby Airport is Houston's second largest airport. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport serve the Houston metro area. The two Texas airports, in addition to Ellington Airport, are part of the Houston Airport System, one of the largest public airport systems in North America. While mainly domestic flights fly out of Hobby Airport, Bush Intercontinental is Houston's main international airport. In order to transfer between the two airports, which are 31 miles apart, passengers must take ground transportation such as a taxi or shuttle bus.

Ensure you have sufficient time between flights. When traveling between Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport, you should budget up to 90 minutes to travel between airports. This time does not include time required to claim baggage and clear U.S. Customs (if arriving from an international destination), as well as check in for your connecting flight. It's best to make sure three hours between flights when transferring between Hobby Airport and Intercontinental Airport, just to be safe.

Remember to claim your luggage from the baggage claim area. In order to transfer between Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental, arriving passengers must first claim checked baggage before traveling between the airports.

Choose from the ground transportation options between the two airports. At Hobby Airport, shuttles and taxis are available outside the baggage claim area on the lower level of the terminal. At Bush Intercontinental Airport, most shuttle and taxi services are found at the south side of Terminals A, B and C, and at the west end of Terminal D. Travel time between Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental is approximately one hour by taxi or shuttle bus and 90 minutes by METRO bus via downtown Houston.

Check in for your next flight. After traveling between airports, connecting passengers must check in for their next flight and obtain a boarding pass. If applicable, travelers must also check any baggage at the airport.

Tips & Warnings

  • SuperShuttle provides shared-ride ground transportation service between Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport. Reservations are recommended.

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