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Houston is easily navigated by car due to an extensive highway system. The city has a several major highways that make getting around the city fairly easy. However, Houston's number one driving obstacle is traffic. Rush hours from at least 7-9AM and 4-6PM are best avoided if at all possible. At those times, public transportation may be a convenient option for those remaining close to Downtown. If you are traveling extensively outside the Downtown area, particularly to suburbs outside the beltway, a car is a must-have while you're living in one of our furnished apartments in Houston.

Public Transportation:
Houston's METRO (Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County) runs a popular light rail line called METRORail. City visitors may be able to avoid renting a car, especially if staying close to downtown. METRO also operates local and express bus lines. Consider buying a Metro Q Card, which you can use like a debit card throughout the system. However, plentiful free or inexpensive parking combined with Houston's suburban sprawl lead most residents to prefer travelling by car.

Taxis:
Taxis are plentiful in Houston's Downtown, and the Six in the City program is an inexpensive way to travel in the downtown area, where a $6 flat-rate fare applies. Houston's taxi companies include the following:

  • Fiesta Cab Company
  • Square Deal Cab Company
  • Starend Taxi Service
  • Greater Houston Transportation Company
  • Houston Airport Taxi Cab Service
  • Red Sea Cab & Central Cab
  • Amber's Airport Cab Company

Limousine:
Traveling by limousine is also a popular choice, especially for airport transportation. Should you need limousine service, consider one of the following companies:

  • Houston Limousine Service
  • Royal Carriages Limousine Inc.
  • River Oaks Limo & Transportation

Driving:
There are two loop highways that ring Houston: Interstate 610 ("The Loop"), and the Sam Houston Tollway, also known as Beltway 8 ("The Beltway"). The main North-South highway is Highway 45, which goes by different names depending on which part of it you are travelling (Gulf Freeway, North Freeway). The main East-West highway is Highway 10, also called the Baytown-East Freeway or the Katy Freeway.

Airports:
Houston is served by two major commercial airports and two smaller regional airports:

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): This is the larger of the two major airports. Located 23 miles north of downtown near Beltway 8, between IH-45 North and US-59 North; it is the largest hub for United Airlines and serves 24 domestic and international airlines.

William P. Hobby Airport, (HOU): The smaller of Houston's two major airports is 7 miles south of downtown off of I-45 South. It is more convenient than IAH if you are travelling downtown or to points south of Houston. Its major airline is Southwest Airlines, and it also served by Delta, American, and JetBlue.

Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR): 25 miles southwest of downtown on TX 6, just north of U.S. 59, SGR is a popular corporate jet choice.

Ellington Field (EFD): 19 miles southeast of downtown, just off I-45, EFD is a former air force base, now used for general and government aviation (NASA, Texas Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard).

 
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