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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  • 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?


  • 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!


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