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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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  • 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.


  • Can we pick up our checked baggage for overnight layover?
    Jan 30, 2014
    Hi - we will arrive from Calgary, AB around 10pm at night and don't catch our next flight to Costa Rica until 11am the next morning. Because our flight to Costa Rica is with a different airline than what we arrived to Houston with, do we get to pick up our bags did the night? Thanks.


    Yes, when you check your bags in Calgary make sure that they are only checked through to IAH, then you can claim them in IAH and re-check them in the morning.


  • Friday night in Houston with Saturday flight
    Jan 28, 2014
    We're arriving at IAH at 20:00 on a Friday, but our flight back to Chicago isn't until 7:10. Is it worth going in to Houston for a night and staying at a hotel there? Any hotel that has its own entertainment or entertainment nearby? Thanks!


    Entertainment? What kind of Entertainment are you looking for. There is a hotel located inside IAH but it's a bit pricey. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/ With that short of a layover if you don't want to sleep on the floor in the airport, I would just stay in an airport hotel. It's a long and expensive ride into the city from IAH.


    Thanks! I thought that might be the case but wanted to check.


  • 1 hour layover sufficient?
    Jan 18, 2014
    My brother has a 1 hour, 10 min layover. He arrives in Terminal C, and departs from B. He was planning to go out through security (at B) to see us quickly then go back in. Will he have time to do that? How long does it take to go from C to B?


    He won't have much time to see you - maybe 10-15 minutes at most.


  • Meeting someone who has a layover
    Jan 17, 2014
    I am planning to meet my brother who has a 3 hour layover. Where is the best place to meet him at the airport, and do I go through security check to meet him?


    You can't go through the security checkpoint to meet him. He will have to exit security to meet you and then go back through when you're done. The best place to meet him would be the baggage claim of whatever terminal he arrives in.


  • checked baggage on overnight layovers
    Dec 2, 2013
    I get into IAH around 1:00 am and leave for Panama the next day around 8:30. If I check luggage, will I be able to retrieve it from baggage claim or will they hold it somewhere for the next flight? I'm currently deciding whether or not to take advantage of the in airport Marriott.


    I assume you mean you are arriving at 1 AM and departing at 8:30 AM. If you have your bags checked through to Panama you will not be able to claim them in Houston.


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