There are 2 airports which serve the Greater Houston Area: Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.

Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - With more than 700 daily departures and 43 million domestic passengers passing through its gates in 2015, Bush Intercontinental is the largest airport in Houston, and one of the top 10 largest airports in the U.S. It is 20 miles from downtown Houston.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) - Hobby Airport serves domestic destinations and has seen significant increases in passenger numbers in recent years, hitting 12 million travelers in 2015. Hobby is about 11 miles south of the heart of Downtown.

Both of these airports are served by a variety of public transportation options, which will help you get to the Summit easily and safely.
About Houston

Whether you know it as "Space City", "H--Town", "Magnolia City" or "Beyonce's Hometown", Houston, the 4th largest city in the US, is a cosmopolitan metropolis that does not disappoint! Filled with world-class dining, an impressive Museum District, diverse nightlife, and attractions such as the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston is ready to welcome United Way with open arms in 2018.

First on your to-do list? Check out VISITHOUSTON to narrow down your itinerary- it will be hard to choose what to do first!


Ideally located, this AAA Four-Diamond hotel is an inspiring place to work, play, connect and relax. Overlooking Discovery Green Park and connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the hotel is just minutes from Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center. Relax in the luxuriously appointed guest rooms with incredible views. Float down the only Texas-shaped lazy river, dip in the infinity pool and chill at the pool bar and grill, then rejuvenate at the full-service spa and fitness center. Savor the fabulous flavors of our diverse restaurants, from dynamic Biggio's sports bar and Xochi by Chef Hugo Ortega, the signature restaurant.” For more information, click here.

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas

The room block at the Marriott Marquis Houston has sold out, but we encourage you to book a room at one of the below hotels in walking distance from the Marriott Marquis.

Homewood Suites by Hilton
710 Crawford Street

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1515 Dallas Street

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Ground Transportation

No matter where you are going, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button. Lyft serves both IAH and HOU airports. 

Get $10 off your ride with Lyft with promo code UNITEDWAY17 (offer available for new users only).

METRORail offers convenient and accessible service within the heart of the city between downtown Houston and most of the major tourist locations. METRORail, gives riders 2 options, Light Rail & Local Service, and affordable fares. Click here for route and fare information. 
You can purchase a day pass for use on METRORail and METRO buses for just $3 a day.

Houston has more than 2,200 taxis in its fleet. The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District. No surcharges will apply to the fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under the $6 total rate.
Approximate fare from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - $45   
Approximate fare from William P. Hobby Airport - $22

Would you rather have the taxi come to you?  Here are the numbers you need:
Lone Star Cab Co.      (713) 444-4444
Yellow Cab Houston    (713) 236-1111

For the fastest pick up, use the Yellow Cab's Hail A Cab app or Lone Star Cab's Curb app. 

SuperShuttle transports travelers to and from their private address, office, or hotel. Choose between a shared-ride shuttle with fellow passengers headed in the same direction or book a non-stop shuttle just for you and your party. The shared-ride option may take a bit more time to arrive at your destination, but is often more affordable than a taxi, especially if travelling alone. Private limousines and black car service are also available. For fare quotes and reservations, visit them online at or with the new SuperShuttle app.
Greenlink is a free transportation service in Downtown Houston. The buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them a cleaner transportation alternative.
Multiple buses operate in Downtown Houston Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., about 7-10 minutes apart, and stop at popular downtown destinations including GreenStreet, George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Main Street Square, City Hall and the Central Library. 

Fun Facts About Houston

Did you know?

  • More than 145 different languages are spoken in Houston. 
  • Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the country behind New York. 
  • Houston was ranked among the top places to visit in 2015 by the Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. 
  • Houston is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with cuisine from around the world. There are more than 10,000 restaurants in the Houston area with culinary choices that represent more than 70 countries and American regions. 
  • In 1969, "Houston" was the first word spoken from the moon. The Apollo 11 mission established a place in history for the city when astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the now-famous line, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

Special thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau for welcoming us to their city and providing all of these great resources.