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Travel to Houston

Houston is served by two major airports, with direct flights from most domestic and major international airports. Taxi, express shuttle, and METRO bus service are provided to downtown from both facilities.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

+1-281-230-3100 or
IAH, located 23 miles north of the city, is a major international and domestic facility providing non-stop service to 152 cities around the world.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

+1 713 640 3000 or
Hobby Airport is located 12 miles south of downtown and principally serves major U.S. cities. Taxi, shuttle bus, and local bus services are available to and from the downtown area.

Transportation To/From Houston Airports

Taxi Service:

Door-to-door taxi service is available from both airports to the Downtown area. Fares range from $18-$25 from Hobby Airport to $30-$50 from IAH (depending on traffic). Passengers can share to lessen cost. IAH is approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour away, depending upon traffic.

Express Shuttle Service:

Super Shuttle (713-523-8888; offers low one-way fares from IAH ($20-$24) and Hobby Airport ($14 -$18 for door to door service).  For details, visit the company website above.

METRO Bus Service:

METRO, the city bus service, has a new service called Airport Direct. For just $4.50 one way, Airport Direct takes you from George Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal C to destinations throughout Downtown. Buses depart every 30 minutes between 5:45am and 8:15pm, and downtown stops include the Hyatt hotel, site of the IRMMW-THz 2011 conference.  Visit for more information, or look here for a review of the service.

The bus from Hobby Airport, with current fare of $1.00, leaves from Curb zone 13, which is located just outside the doors from the baggage claim on the lower level.  Bus number 88 provides the most direct route to the conference hotel.

Schedule and route updates may be found by calling +1 713 635 4000, by visiting, or by checking the Airport Information Desks upon arrival.

Please periodically check the IRMMW-THz2011 conference web site at for transportation updates.

Hotel accomodations

To reserve one or more rooms at the conference hotel, please click here.  This will take you directly to the hotel's booking site, where you will be able to make reservations at the discounted rate arranged especially for IRMMW-THz 2011 conference participants.

Visa Information

Conference participants should familiarize themselves with visa requirement well in advance of the conference.  The IRMMW-THz 2011 organizers encourage you to apply for a visa as early as possible, at least three months prior to the conference.  Please note that some consulates may have backlogs in processing visa applications.  Contact your consulate for more information.

In general, IRMMW-THz conference organizers cannot intervene with US embassies or the US State Department on behalf of conference participants.  However, if you need a personal letter of invitation to attend the conference, please email us at  with this request.  In order to process this request, you will first need to complete the conference registration process.  We will also need the following information:

full name, email address, complete mailing address (including phone and fax numbers), passport number / country issued, date of birth

Your letter of invitation will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment, and also sent via postal mail.  Please be sure to submit this request well in advance to allow time for processing.

Recently, the US State Department has updated its visa policies to increase security for citizens and visitors.  It is likely that obtaining a visa will take longer than it has in the past, and you will find that new security measures have been put in place.  For details that may apply specifically to you, check with your nearest consulate or visit

Other important web links:

Visa information for scientists visiting the US:
Visa waiver information: