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Public Transportation to Houston from IAH Airport
As in most major US Airports, SuperShuttle offers shared ride service between IAH and the greater Houston area.
Travelers headed to downtown Houston from IAH have the option of using Metro's Airport Direct. The trip to the Downtown Transit Center takes about a half hour and is reasonably priced, substantially less than the approximately $50 cab fare.
Downtown Houston is approximately 30 minutes south of IAH airport, via the Hardy Toll Road and I-45.
Public Transportation to San Antonio from SAT Airport
Shared ride shuttle service is offered by Airport Express. This creatively-named airport express shuttle leaves SAT airport for downtown San Antonio hotels every 15 minutes and is reasonably priced. Taxi's are cheaper for parties of two or more, under $30 to downtown San Antonio.
Downtown San Antonio is approximately 15 minutes south of SAT airport, via the McAllister Freeway.
Public transportation outside the trolley in Galveston and airport shuttles are not recommended to travelers. Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi all have municipal bus systems, but they are largely useless. To see Texas you need a car.
Houston, Texas Driving Directions
Fortunately, both gas and car rental in Texas are inexpensive compared to the rest of the country. Prices can vary from one rental company to the next, so it really pays to shop around. A good barometer is about $200 a week for a compact car. When buying gasoline, try to fill up in big cities. If you are stuck in a remote area and have to buy gas, you will likely pay considerably more.
One navigational tip: Between the major cities you'll find the regular system of interstates, I-35, I-10. Outside the cities you'll find many roads labeled FM and RR. FM stands for Farm Road, and RR stands for Ranch Road. The two are actually interchangeable and reflect what sort of land the roads originally ran through. They can be considered the equivalents of state roads.