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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  • Immigration on a layover?
    Mar 27, 2015
    We are flying from Canada to Cancun with a layover in Houston. Will we need to go through customs, or is there a transfer area? Is 1 hour enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada. You have enough time.


  • 5 hour layover
    Mar 17, 2015
    I'll be traveling soon with 2 teenagers & have a 5 hour layover (mostly in the AM). Any ideas of what to do within IAH for this long?


    Ride the TerminaLink train around or just let them play with their phones.


  • 47 minutes Connect time in IAH
    Mar 14, 2015
    I will go to SAT via IAH by United. I have 47 mins. for connecting flight. My flight is LAX-IAH (arriving time 18.45) and then IAH-SAT (departing time 19.32). Do i have to change the terminal? Is it have enough time? United staff will wait me at the arrival gate? I have to do something with my checked-luguage?


    You don't have to do anything with your checked baggage. You will not know your exact gates until the day of your flight. They will not hold your flight for you if you are late. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. The Terminalink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • what to do with a 5 hour layover from 6 am to 11 am
    Mar 14, 2015
    I have a flight coming from portland oregon that lands at 6 AM in houston, and I have a connecting flight to Cabo that departs Houston at 10:55 AM. With roughly 5 hours, is it possible I leave and explore Houston for a bit, then return and make it on time?


    It's not worth it. It's over an hour into the city from IAH and there's honestly not much seeing in Houston that's worth the $80-$100 in cab fare that it would be to see it. Just hang out at the airport.


  • 12 hour delay
    Feb 12, 2015
    I'll be coming from PuntaCana arriving there at 7pm and not leaving until 7am. Anywhere to go/ see at that time? Good bars, restaurants etc?


    Just get a hotel and sleep. It's a long cab ride into the city from there.


  • Enough time?
    Feb 9, 2015
    Hi I'm flying from Calgary and have a 60 minute layover in Houston, then flying into Cancun. We are travelling with 2 small children. Will we have to go through customs and do you think 60 minutes is enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.


  • clear customs at terminal D and take delta at Ter.l A within 2.5 hrs
    Jan 21, 2015
    Hello, I am coming from Qatar at Terminal D. I have to clear customs and take train to terminal A to take Delta to Atlanta. This is not connection.This is the last flight. Is it possible to avail the flight to Atlanta within the given time?


    That should barely enough time. After you clear Customs you will be outside the secure area. To check your bags with Delta you will have to take the Inter-Terminal train which runs outside security to Terminal A.


  • Layover times
    Jan 21, 2015
    I am flying between New Orleans and London heathrow via Houston (IAH) with United Airlines and have a 40 minute connection this long enough? And what terminals are involved please?.


    You will likely arrive in Terminal C. You will depart from Terminal E. To make your connection you will have to hope your flight from New Orleans is on-time and run. If for some reason you arrive in Terminal B, you can take the TerminaLink train straight to Terminal E.


    Will I need to go through security etc for this connecting flight


    No, the TerminaLink train runs inside security.


  • Overnight in IAH
    Jan 9, 2015
    Just wondering if there are any lounges or spots in Houston for overnight layover (12 hrs) - don't have money for hotel but wonder if there's other option besides sleeping at gate?! Thanks!


    No, there are no overnight lounges but there are some good places -


  • 10 hour layover
    Jan 6, 2015
    hello I will be in IAH during 10 hours on February. I was thinking on visiting the Woodlands? Is it worth going there?


  • Arriving at 1am - leaving at 8am
    Dec 19, 2014
    I'll be Arriving at 1am - leaving at 8am - anything open at this hour? any recs?


    Pretty much everything will be closed until around 4:30. You could go to a hotel, but it's probably not really worth it.


  • Nice restaurant for breakfast in Terminal C?
    Dec 16, 2014
    I'm arriving from SFO at 5:10am Saturday, and departing for Mexico at 11:38. My son is going to drive to Houston from Beaumont to have breakfast with me at the airport. What restaurant is nice and relaxing to hang out for a few hours? I guess I'll have to leave security and we'll meet in a public part of the airport.


    Can my son who isn't flying get a Gate Pass to meet me at a restaurant in Terminal C?


    No, he can't.


  • 40 min layover with checked bag
    Dec 2, 2014
    I have a united flight that gets into Houston at 5:05pm and a united flight that leaves at 5:45pm, if I check my bags do i have to get them and re-check them, or does the airline handle that?


    You do not have to do anything with your bags in Houston if the first flight is domestic. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • 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?


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