The city of Houston has everything you would expect from a modern, vibrant and wonderfully diverse American city. Located within the state of Texas, USA, Houston provides an immense array of entertainment and cultural options. With beautiful surroundings and a strong economy, the city has long been a desirable destination among tourists.
If you plan to do some shopping, then Houston again has everything you need to find that perfect item. From small independent stores to large multinational chains and large shopping centers, Houston has everything required for a day well spent.
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Driving your car hire in Houston can seem challenging - especially if you do not enjoy stop and start style congestion. Bad roads, poor planning and constant building works can test even the most patient of drivers. City roads and even freeways are often congested, but for a little rest bite, avoid morning and late afternoon rush hour traffic. Likewise, avoid peak socialising times such as late Friday afternoons and Saturday's.
Paid on-street parking in downtown Houston operates from 7am until 6pm Monday to Saturday. The maximum stay on a meter is up to 3 hours, before you have to move to another bay. When parking, make sure to avoid any red markings (red paint, red bags or red stripes) as these signify that parking is not permitted at any time. Likewise, make sure you understand the parking signs fully before leaving your car there. Some meters become tow-away areas between certain times. You are able to pay for meters either using money, credit cards or pay via your smartphone. Large selections of covered garages exist in downtown Houston - which can also be a great option if you're looking for secure parking.
Houston was founded mainly on marsh land, swamps and forested areas. Its low flat level and four streams, make it a constant risk of flooding. Located approximately 112 miles (180kms) from the Louisiana border and 165 miles (266kms) from Austin, the capital of the State of Texas, Houston has a humid subtropical climate - often reaching 29c in the summer months.
Houston Airport (George Bush International Airport), is located approximately 23 miles (37kms) from Houston City. A total of five terminals exist at the airport serving domestic and international flights. 11 car hire agencies are also located at the airport, giving you unprecedented service and vehicle choice.
Houston has a well-established integrated public transport network which includes Metro Rail, buses (Incl. Green Link), taxis, Uber, Jitney, Super Shuttle and B-Cycle. Metro Rail is a useful way to explore downtown, midtown and other Houston districts. The system compasses three metro lines. The Red line (Northline to Fannin South) included 25 rail stations, the Green line (Downtown to Magnolia Park) has 9 stations and the Purple line (Downtown to Palm Center) with 10 stations.
The Metro bus network is also very effective for getting around the city. With a stop every other block, the local bus service runs along most city streets. A "Park & Ride" bus service also exists, this allows you to travel to specific destinations. For both the Metro rail and Metro bus network, a one-day pass exists - costing only $3 per day.
The Greenlink bus service allows you to travel free of charge within the downtown area. The route covers 2.5 miles and includes 18 stops - along popular Houston attractions.
Other transportation services include, Uber (A ride-sharing service ordered via App), Jitney (A shuttle style service that takes people around Houston's nightlife and entertainment areas) and lastly, Super Shuttle (A service that picks you up from your address and shuttles you along with others who are heading in the same direction).
Since 2013, Houston has also operated a bike-sharing system called B-Cycle program. With 21 ranks across the city and costing only $5 per day, this is a great and healthy way to get around.