Skip to comments.Vanity Driving directions in Houston, TX
Posted on 05/04/2014 1:42:37 PM PDT by logitech
I need some local help to get from IAH to Webster,TX. Then, later from South Post Oak Rd to IAH. Mapquest sends me way around the loop.
I'm attending a school on some machines I'll be working on. Couldn't get a flight into Hobby or a reasonably priced hotel close to the school.
All driving times are peak in traffic. Uggh!
How much are the tolls?
It works okay for me. Plus you can adjust the route to avoid tolls.
Also, does your rental car have a navigation system? You have to be careful, though because the car nav system may not avoid tolls. It should but it doesn't.
It’s Houston. Abandon all hope. Carry.
Could you phone or email someone at the school and ask for suggestions?
Looks like no tolls, but thats a guess.
If I had a choice, I’d take a covered wagon rather than fly commercial.
Everyone is flying in too.
“Everyone”? If you’re all going to a school, aren’t there local people working there?
There were some strange ways of making left turns and u-turns on some of those highways with service roads on each side. Driving wasn't that bad.
I would recommend asking about where to eat. There are plenty of the same old change places when in a hurry but there are also plenty of local places. I don't remember any of them by name but I recommend the one that was just off the next just past my hotel.
I used to live in Webster, but that was a long time ago.
When I took my course the instructor was from Colorado Springs. He did have some suggestions because he ate out too.
Are you in a rental car? Many of the car rental agencies rip you off on tolls. On the Dallas system, it’s all automated and you don’t have an option of throwing money into a basket. Some of the Houston toll booths take cash, some don’t last time I checked. On the booths that do take cash, it’s more expensive than a tag.
To answer your question, I find the Sam Houston beltway well worth the cost. You can use the free interstates as an alternative (45, 610, Southwest Freeway) but if you aren’t used to big city traffic, it can be risky. On a cash basis, it’s going to be 3 or 4 booths at $1.75 a pop to go 45, SHT, SW Fwy. (avoid the Hardy toll road - it never made any sense to me).
It’s in a medical clinic. I don’t have a contact there.
Not knowing the road construction currently, I’d take US59 S to IH 610 E/S to IH 45 S.
If you are talking pre 8am and 4pm for return then it maybe a crap shoot any where
based upon accidents, etc. Good luck.
Ignore my comment about Southwest Freeway - you are going southeast, not southwest from Bush airport. Been a while since I’ve been to Houston.
Here’s a link to toll info:
I’d ask people in the hotel or in the building where the course is held where to eat. There have to be some locals involved, even if the instructor as well as the attendees are from out of state. They’re holding the course in Houston for some reason. (Bribed?)
When DP was out of work in Tulsa for over a year, Houston was on our list of “Don’t even think it” places for a new job.
From IAH to Webster, I’d suggest I-59 south, then exit onto I-45 south. (It’s a right exit, not too far past Loop 610...start staying to right once you pass the loop).
Traffic should be fine, until you have to exit to I-45... then, it’s going to suck.
I wouldn’t take either loop (610, or Beltway 8) unless it is raining. If it is? you might want to consider it. No tolls on 610, that’s the way I go when weather is bad. About $7 worth on Beltway 8... Usually better to just tough it out on the free roads. Just, expect it to take 1 1/2 hours.
From Post Oak? You pretty much have to start on 610 Loop, Northbound to start. From there? You have two options.
1) Hardy Toll Road North. (Tolls ~ 3.75) During high traffic times? I recommend taking this one.. it goes RIGHT where you want to go. There is an exit for IAH.
2) Exit I-10 East.. get immediately into the left lane, then take I-59 North. There will be signs for IAH. AVOID I-45 North. It’s a disaster, usually. 59 moves faster.
But, the Hardy is probably your best option. In high traffic times? Allow at least 1 hour.
BTW>> I’m heading there tomorrow. There is a HUGE conference going on. The Off Shore Technology Conference. More than 80,000 people. And, there are a few other conferences going on as well.
ALL the restaurants and entertainment sites will be PACKED. Be sure to make a reservation in advance for ANY nice place. It’s always recommended, in Houston. But, this week? It’s a MUST. It’s going to be CRAZY!
From IAH take the toll road straight to 45 and proceed to Webster. I believe it is toll free between the airport and 45. The only toll road that would save you any time is the Hardy Toll Road, but that would only save you a few minutes. It’s a very long drive, and count on it taking at least 45 minutes to an hour.
Oh. Well, good luck!
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