Accessible Travel Within Houston
Detailed information about accessible taxi services, accessible public transportation, and other methods of travel are outlined in detail within the ACPA18 Accessibility Guide.
Getting to Houston
The George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the William P. Hobby Airport provide service to almost all major airline hubs around the world and in the United States. Houston supports a variety of airlines including: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is located approximately twenty miles (32.18 km) from the George R. Brown Convention Center and our Convention Hotels.
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is located approximately ten miles (16.1 km) from George R. Brown Convention Center and our Convention Hotels.
This airport is easily accessible to downtown in a variety of ways.
Hobby Airport (HOU) taxi service is available at Curb Zone 1 taxi stands located outside baggage claim. Approximate fare, not including gratuity, is $26 one-way. It is a 15-20 minute drive depending on traffic. Price is subject to change. Nominal additional airport surcharge(s) may apply. RideShare estimated fare is $13-$17. Actual fare based on demand and time/day of travel.
Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) taxi service is available at each terminal outside baggage claim/arrivals. Approximate fare, not including gratuity, is $53 one-way. It is a 30 minute drive depending on traffic. Price subject to change. Nominal additional airport surcharge(s) may apply. RideShare estimated fare is $24-$31. Actual fare based on demand and time/day of travel.
transports travelers to and from their private address or hotel. Choose between a shared-ride shuttle with other passengers headed in the same direction or reserve a non-stop shuttle just for you. The shared-ride option make take more travel time to arrive at your destination, but is often more affordable than a taxi (especially if traveling alone). For fare quotes and reservations visit their website.
Megabus: Houston is served by the Megabus line, providing a low-cost alternative if traveling from Austin, Dallas, Galveston, San Antonio, or New Orleans. Tickets are available on their website and can be as low as $1 per person. Houston’s pick-up and drop-off location is located across the street from Metro’s Downtown Transit Center.
In addition to its regular routes throughout the United States, Greyhound offers express service to Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. The Houston Greyhound Terminal is located at 2121 Main St. Visit Greyhound’s website for information and reservations.
Houston is accessible by car via major interstate highways, including, I-10 and I-45. Parking is available at the George R. Brown Convention Center for a $10-24 per day.
Travel While In Houston
The Houston Public Metro provides local train and bus service throughout the Greater Houston area. You can plan your trip using Metro with the trip planning services on their website. One-way fare is $2 – $4.50 USD per trip (depending on distance).
FREE Transportation in Downtown Houston
Metro runs the free Greenlink Bus (Green Route) that circulates every 7-10 minutes, spans 2.5 miles with 18 stops and connects Metro transit stops, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.
Six in the City
Getting around downtown Houston is easy with the Six in the City program featuring $6 cab rides anywhere in downtown Houston. A map is available to help you find a pick-up location.
Greenlink Buses* stop at popular downtown destinations including GreenStreet, George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Main Street Square, City Hall, and the Central Library and connects to Metro Park & Ride services and to the Main Street MetroRail line.
*These buses run on Compressed Natural Gas, making them a cleaner transportation alternative.
Uber offers quick and easy access to all of the best spots in Houston. To learn more, check out their mobile apps.
While Uber is available in greater Houston, TX region, neither services are currently offering guaranteed accessible services. Therefore, the convention planning team does not recommend the use of Uber for those attendees with significant mobility impairments.
While not necessary to travel around Houston, car rentals are also available for pick-up at the airport and include companies such as: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and more.
If you hope to visit parts of Houston by car, various parking options exist within the downtown area including street parking, surface lots, and garages. To avoid the search for parking around Downtown Houston, plan ahead with Parking Panda.
The George R. Brown Convention Center has a 1,600-space parking garage located at the corner of Polk Street and Avenida de las Americas. In addition, the 650-car garage located under Discovery Green Park across from the GRB is open from 6am-12am daily. There are also several privately owned lots surrounding the convention center. All are just a short walk away. Parking fees may vary per lot.
For more information on the George R. Brown Convention Center, visit their website here.
B-Cycle Program is Houston’s low-cost bike share option. B-Cycle provides residents and visitors convenient access to bicycles stretching from Downtown Houston to the Museum District. The bike-share program allows member users to check-out bikes free of charge up to an hour and $2 USD fare for each additional half-hour. Please note there is a membership fee on the front end: ranging from $5 USD for a 24-hour pass or $65 USD for an annual membership
Want to learn more about traveling to Houston? Request a free travel guide to be mailed your way by visiting Travel Texas’ website. Or ask at registration we will have information available for you and recommendations as well.
Hoping to extend your trip and visit other nearby destinations after Convention? Not a problem! Build in visits to Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio–all within approximately a 3-hour drive or less from Houston.