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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Houston Intercontinental IAH airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your IAH Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • Meeting someone arriving in IAH
    Nov 7, 2014
    My friend will be flying on United Airlines from Gulfport, Mississippi to Houston, Texas on December 21. She will fly on flight UA4588. Her flight arrives in Houston at 7:57 AM, and then she will fly out at 11:25 AM that morning. We plan to meet during this time, which is the reason for her long layover. Arriving in Terminal A that morning, where would be the place to meet her at? I will not be going through security as I will not be flying, so I need somewhere to meet that is outside security. She will need to head back through security and get to Terminal B to catch her departing flight. I have 2 questions: a) Where does she go after arriving in Terminal A to meet me? b) Where do I go after parking to go meet her? Thank you very much for any help!


  • 6 hour layover with 5-yr old kid
    Oct 21, 2014
    I have a 6 hour layover with my son. Any ideas on what to do that's nearby to get him out and about? Is there something nearby we could explore?


  • Layover meet & greet
    Oct 21, 2014
    I will be flying from DCA to IAH at 10:22am to connect on an international flight at 1:14pm. All via United. I have a friend who lives in Houston who would like to meet me. I am not sure how long the actual layover is with the time zones. Is there anywhere where we can grab a coffee and still allow me enough time to get through security & to my gate?


    Look at your schedule and see when your flight arrives in IAH. I don't think you will have much time to spare.


    Thanks for the prompt reply! I land at IAH at 10:22am and according to my itinerary I depart at 1:14pm. Based on your response I don't think I can afford to take the chance for fear of missing my international flight. Thanks again.


    I thought you left DCA at 10:22. You have plenty of time, almost 3 hours. However, there aren't many places outside security at IAH to meet. Maybe in the Hotel.


    Hi, I actually posted an old itinerary time. My bad. I do believe I will have time as I actually arrive at 8:13am and my international connection leaves at 1:05pm. Is there somewhere just to have a coffee at that hour?


    IAH has dozens of coffee shops.


  • Thanks for your reply. to my first question my flt has changed
    Oct 8, 2014
    I will be flying from Victoria to IAH . Once I go thru security is there a place for coffee as I will have about a 2 hr wait.


    IAH has numerous places that sell coffee inside security.


  • I have a 30 min layoff from Houston to Austin.
    Oct 3, 2014
    Will I be able to get off the plane and get to the gate for the Austin flight?


    Where are you coming from? Are both flights on United?


  • Travel Meeting
    Sep 30, 2014
    I will be flying from Seattle on United with a 2 1/2 hr layover prior to a flight to San Salvador on United. I would like to meet someone for a business lunch, will there be enough time? What are my options? Thank you!


    You could have lunch in the Airport Marriott. However it will take you maybe 20 minutes to get there and you'll have to leave to go back to your departure terminal at least an hour before your flight, so that leaves you maybe an hour to have lunch, assuming your flight is on-time.


    Thank you for the prompt reply! Is there not a place to meet for coffee or a drink closer to security or bag claim?


  • connecting flight in Huston 2h
    Aug 18, 2014
    I have a flight from frankfurt to san jose. Arrive Lufthansa - LH 440 13:45 Terminal D Layover 2h.7min. Departure United Airlines - UA 1565 15:52 Terminal E I would like to make sure if it is enough time to make connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • IAH connection from QTO mexico
    Jul 12, 2014
    I can take a flight with an hour 20 minute connection from QTO to Phoenix through IAH but it sounds a little short (we generally don't check bags) my next options is almost 4 hours. which flight would you book?


    80 minutes should suffice if arrival/ departure is not a rush hours mornings/evenings.


  • International Transfer
    Aug 18, 2014
    Hi everyone, I am flying via Houston, arriving to Terminal D and changing to Terminal C. Since both are international flights do I need to go through passport control and US customs? I have about 90 minutes for change and I do not want to miss my next flight


    Where are you flying from and to and what airlines are you flying? No international flights depart from Terminal C.


    That is weird.. I am flying from Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) to Guatemala (United Airlines).


    United flights to Guatemala depart from E.


  • 15 hours transit time at IAH, what to do?
    May 2, 2014
    Hi, i will be flying from SFO - IAH - LEX with a 15 hour connection at IAH on United! May you give me some ideas what to expect there? Will there be proper places where i can sleep (overnight) and eat and bathe and so on :( also, will there be any interesting things to do? This will be the first time I arrive at the states so sorta clueless as to what will happen :( thanks loads!


  • Connection
    Apr 17, 2014
    i have a connection from houston to los cabo mexico with only a 45 minute layover, my plane lands 10:16 and my connecting departs 11am, is this enough time?


    Yes, but it doesn't leave much time for delays or any wasted time. Hurry. If you have to change terminals the TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Clearing Customs
    Apr 6, 2014
    I have 1hour 20 minutes to clear at IAH onto PVR. All will be in Terminal E. Is that enough time? Thanks!


    Where are you coming from? That is less than the International->International minimum connection time.


  • Waiting for husband to arrive on a different flight in IAH
    Apr 3, 2014
    Hi, I am travelling to IAH from Holland and i like to meet up my husband who is arriving 3 hours later from Detroit. Am i able to do some shopping in IAH before meeting him and not go through the customs? Thanks.


    You will be forced to go through immigration and customs after you arrive. There is no shopping between deplaning and customs.


  • Layover in IAH
    Feb 26, 2014
    I have my flight from MSY to IAH (Delta airline) and IAH to DXB ( Emirates). I have only 1 hour 20 min layover in IAH. will be it be enough? Please suggest


    You arrive at Terminal A & depart from Terminal D. Take the above-ground TerminaLink train inside security starting at Terminal A station & connecting to terminals A, B, C, D/E (a 30 mins transfer).


    Delta does not fly from MSY to IAH. Please double-check your itinerary.


  • Houston layover, leave airport?
    Feb 13, 2014
    Hello, we are flying in (with a 9 and 11 year old) from Cozumel to Houston and have a 6 hour layover. Can we leave the airport and see a site in Houston (perhaps the Space Center or even go out to lunch at a restaurant)? Just curious about the security issue, not sure if we go through US customs when we arrive in Houston or at our final destination in Boston?


    You will go through Immigration in Houston. Yes, after you re-check your bags you could leave the airport. However, the Space Center is over an hour each way from the Airport, so considering it will take you about 45 minutes to clear immigration and customs and re-check your bags and the fact that you have to be back at the airport a little over an hour before your flight to Boston, that would leave you with only maybe an hour and a half at the space center. You could go to a restaurant near the airport. The Deerbrook Mall is not far from IAH and has a lot of restaurants nearby.


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