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Flying into Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)? Located 23 miles north of Houston, IAH is the largest international hub in Texas.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport has five terminals, labeled A through E. Passengers can travel between the terminals and the international arrivals building using the Skyway people-mover system. Rental cars are located in a consolidated rental car facility, accessible via a short shuttle ride.

 

Rental Cars at IAH Airport

 

Rental cars at IAH are located in a consolidated facility accessible via shuttles that depart every five minutes during peak hours, and every 10 minutes in the late evening.

From baggage claim on the lower level, look for the "Ground Transportation" signs, which lead to additional "Rental Car" signs pointing to the specific shuttles. The rental car shuttles are blue and white, and the ride to the rental car center takes about five minutes.

There are 10 major rental car companies at IAH:

Advantage Rent a Car (800) 777-5500
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Advantage.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open daily 6 am-12 am. Park vehicle in the return area. Place keys and rental record in the drop box located at the Advantage counter.

Alamo Rent a Car (833) 511-1743
Available Services: Online check-in and self-service kiosk. Online check-in offers the option to "skip the counter" and go straight to your car.
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Alamo.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Avis Rent a Car (281) 443-5800
Preferred Services: Avis Preferred available. Check your smartphone or the Preferred board inside the rental car facility to find your preassigned vehicle. You have the option to change your pre-selected vehicle for a similar one in the Select & Go Exchange Area, or get a nicer car in the Select & Go Upgrade Area. Prices are on the cars' hangtags.
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Avis.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Budget Car Rental (281) 449-0145
Preferred Services: Look for the Fastbreak line or kiosk. Show your ID, and you will receive the rental agreement, keys and instructions for finding the car.
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Budget. Fastbreak members do not have to go to the counter to return the car.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

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Dollar Rent a Car (866) 434-2226
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Dollar.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open daily 5 am-1:30 am.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car (833) 628-9676
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Enterprise.
After-Hours Returns: Location open daily 6 am-12 am. Dropbox available for after-hours returns.

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Hertz (281) 209-6700
Preferred Services: Gold Canopy Service, Gold Choice and Prestige Service are available.
Return Location: 17314 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Hertz.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open daily 5 am-2 am.

National (833) 511-1745
Preferred Services: Emerald Aisle and Drop & Go are available.
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for National.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open 24/7.

Payless (281) 443-8477
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Payless.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open Mon-Fri 7 am-11 pm; Sat 8 am-8 pm; Sun 8 am-11 pm.

Thrifty (877) 283-0898
Return Location: 17330 Palmetto Pines, Houston. As you approach the airport via John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Will Clayton Parkway, look for signs for the rental car center, then follow signs for Thrifty.
After-Hours Returns: Location is open daily 5 am-1:30 am.

 

Off-Airport Rental Cars at IAH

 

There's also a Zipcar location at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Several companies—including Ace, E-Z, AVR and Europcar—have off-airport locations near IAH reachable by shuttle bus from the airport terminal. If renting from an off-airport location, see the rental car company's website for instructions for pickup and return.

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