How to get from IAH Airport to downtown Houston with Bus 102

If you land at Terminal C, follow signs towards Baggage Claim/Exit and Ground Transportation
If you land at Terminal C, follow signs towards Baggage Claim/Exit and Ground Transportation

Not everyone wants to spend $40 on Uber from IAH Airport to downtown Houston. Thanks to Bus 102, getting downtown is cheap and only takes about an hour.

You can view the full schedule for Bus 102 between IAH Airport and downtown Houston by visiting the Houston Ride Metro website.

This guide and Bus 102 begin at Terminal C of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) north of Houston, Texas. If you find yourself at another terminal, I assume you can just follow the signs towards Terminal C.

The journey begins inside Terminal C. From your gate, follow the signs towards Baggage Claim/Exit and Ground Transportation.

Take the escalator down towards Baggage Claim.

Exit for Shuttles & Buses
Exit though C-105 towards Shuttles & Buses

At the bottom of the escalators, you are now in the baggage claim area. From the end of the escalator, make a U-turn and head towards the doors.

Exit the door where it says Shuttles & Buses. This exit is door C-105 Terminal C.

Once you exit, you will see many courtesy shuttles. Cross the street and walk towards the left
Once you exit, you will see many courtesy shuttles. Cross the street and walk towards the left

Once you exit, you should see an assortment of shuttles and buses, mostly headed to hotels, car rental agencies, and parking lots in the Houston area.

To reach the stop for Bus 102:
Cross the street in front of you towards the road.
Watch out for passing shuttles and cars.
When you reach the island between the shuttles and the airport road, make a left and follow the sidewalk down for about 100 yards. You will find the bus stop for Bus 102.

Arrival at the stop for Bus 102

The stop for Bus 102
The stop for Bus 102

Now that you have reached the bus stop, you can get your fare ready and wait for the bus. The cost for a single journey is $1.25.

The bus arrives about every 30 minutes.

Boarding Bus 102

Passengers boarding Bus 102 towards downtown Houston
Passengers boarding Bus 102 towards downtown Houston

When you board the bus, you feed your fare into a machine accepting bills and coins. You won’t get change back, so make sure you have exact change or at least a couple of dollars. Otherwise, the trip will cost you much more than expected.

After you pay, you won’t receive any ticket or receipt. Now, take your belongings and find an open seat.

On board Bus 102
On board Bus 102

I noticed that most of the people using Bus 102 were airport workers and locals, as luggage space is limited. There is space above seats for carry-on-sized luggage, but anything larger means you will have to find another mode of transportation to your destination in Houston.

As the bus leaves the airport, it makes multiple stops along the way, including hotels in northern Houston and other points of interest. After about 30 minutes of stops near the airport, the bus hops onto 45 south straight towards downtown. It takes about an hour to reach downtown.

Keep an eye towards the front of the bus for information about the next stop. Press the small red button above your seat when you see your bus stop listed.

After the bus stops, grab your belongings, exit the bus.

Welcome to Houston.

Last Updated on April 23, 2024

22 thoughts on “How to get from IAH Airport to downtown Houston with Bus 102”

  1. Just remember that you cannot check your bags at the airport, so you’ll have to drag them with you on the bus, FWIW. Possibly you can check them ahead to your next destination so you don’t have to tote them.

  2. Almost three years later, this is still a great post. Especially with the pictures, it helped me A LOT when I landed at IAH yesterday evening. Thanks to you, finding the bus was a breeze, and the bus driver helped me find the stop closest to my hotel. I caught the 6:20pm bus (right on schedule) so most of the traffic seemed to be leaving the city That bus was not very full so no trouble with my carry-on luggage. THANKS!

  3. Thank you so much! I’m on the 102 now. I googled a a few articles for assistance and yours for me straight to the bus. Thanks for the photos!

  4. Thank you Anthony!!

    I printed this post, because I am one of those people who get lost pretty easy. I helped me to get the 102 bus.

    You really rock!

  5. Thank you for posting this! Incredibly helpful, and the price is incredibly low! I have a 9hr layover in Houston and I want to explore Downtown. Any recommendations?

    • Ayumi,
      Houston has a great selection of restaurants. You are sure to find something you will enjoy. With limited time, I would just walk around the downtown area.

  6. Excellent guide! Saved me a lot of trouble in finding the bus stop, especially since the Houston Metro provides very limited instructions.

    Also note that you can pay the fare with a credit card using the Houston Metro’s Q-ticketing app. This is especially useful when you don’t have cash/change for the $1.25 fare.

  7. Hi Anthony, sounds great and a lot of fun. it is October 3, 2019. Does Bus 102 have the same schedule? Sounds like something I would consider. I will be visiting Houston for the weekend. So, it runs every 30 minutes correct?

    Thank you very much,


    • Mustafa,

      It has been many years since I have taken this bus, so I am unsure if the bus currently has WiFi. When I went, they did not. If you find out, please let me know. Thanks!

      • All Metro buses have free wifi. Am on the 102 now because my limo didnt show up. Has to be one of the best bargains in Houston transport. If you sre going to another part of Houston i believe you can even get a transfer ticket! Well done Houston Metro.


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