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!
Step #1: Log on to amazon.com
Step #2: Order a Garmin GPS for 77 bucks
Step #3: Plug it in
Step #4: Start driving and follow the directions.
Rereading I see, I gave you directions from the airport to Webster and forgot about from Post Oak. I would say that was not a good choice for going to Webster. I would try looking for a hotel in League City or Friendswood, or maybe even Kemah or Seabrook.
Two ways out of the terminal, JFK Blvd and Will Clayton Pkwy. Take WCP east to US 59, go south. When you get near downtown, get to the right side of the freeway, take the IH 45 south exit. Depending on your Webster exit, you might want to take Eldorado Blvd, Bay Area Blvd, NASA Parkway, (formely NASA Rd 1). From Post Oak back to IAH, depending where you are on Post Oak, get on US 59 north. Stay on 59 past downdown and beyond. Take the Will Clayton Parkway exit and go west to IAH. Easy. http://mapq.st/1ncm7k6
LOL if there is a smartphone on board, save the 77 bucks and get a free map app.
I use WAZE.
Purchase a paper map for 2.99 at a 76 station.
Yes, I have four GPSs and know how to use them. Map is better. Use your brain to memorize the route.
FWI>> I was born in Houston. Lived there most of my life. I fly there AT LEAST once a month for business, sometimes more.. so, I’m pretty familiar with the routes to/from the airport. :-)
The trick to the traffic is: Always give yourself more time than you think you need.. and, BE PATIENT. You WILL get there, it will just take time.
I was going to advise you to listen to AM740... for traffic reports. But, if you don’t know the roads, I don’t think they help you that much.
Thanks. I’ll probably just follow the toll roads.
On the other hand, I am renting a car. So swappin’ some paint is OK by me. I mean, how bad can the traffic be in downtown Houston at 5pm?
Didn’t you read the thread that said real men don’t ask for directions? Skip the GPS. If possible always avoid going through downtown. Take your chances with the directions the car rental place gives. If you get stuck you will have the best story to tell at dinner.
Fly into San Antonio and drive from there! It will be the same drive time.
Reading the thread can get you in a heap o’ trouble in FR, LOL
Good point. Post Oak is a LONG road.. From WHERE on Post Oak are you starting??
Thanks. It’s going to be a long week.
Are you actually going to class in the Medical Center area? Staying in Webster?
IAH to Webster is nearly a straight shot on 59-South and I-45 / Gulf Freeway- South. Exit the IAH airport via Will Clayton (east) rather than JFK (south). Take 59 South to I-45 South. There are alternative routes to get to I-45, but unless there is a major accident along this route, it is probably the best way. Traffic will come to a crawl on I-45 / Gulf Freeway once you get to the South Beltway. If you have an additional passenger, you could probably bypass some of the traffic at that point by using the HOV lanes.
Webster to South Post Oak (if you mean near the Galleria Mall by the 610 West Loop) is easiest to reach by taking I-45 / Gulf Freeway north to the 610 Loop westbound and exiting around San Felipe. (The Galleria Mall is at Westheimer and Post Oak just one block west of 610.) Don’t confuse Post Oak and S Post Oak. South Post Oak is one block further west on San Felipe.
Neither of these two routes involve toll roads. If you do need to take a toll road, most of the tolls range from 50 cents to $1.75 with most trips around Beltway 8 passing a couple of these. There may be toll roads that you cannot access without an EZ Tag (Westpark, for example). If you accidentally get on one of these, you can call the toll authority and pay the toll over the phone.
The Hardy south, I agree with you.. but, Northbound?? It's SAVED me... several times.
Also very good if you're going to the Woodlands at rush hour.
Doesn't have to be, there are some excellent seafood restaurants all around the area, Kemah boardwalk is the most popular (used to be a very salty town, now more upscale). NASA is right there, they just brought the shuttle transport in, should be worth a look. Decent night life if you're into that. The weather this weekend has been absolutely perfect, humidity low enough to give you a static shock getting out of your car, 80's, clear, unlimited visibility. Hopefully it'll hold out for your visit.
Right. I fly into IAH. My hotel is in Webster. The class is on S Post Rd. 8am-5p T-F
This was set up for me by a travel agency.
When I saw the itinerary, I started getting a little nervous.
oops, meant that for logitech
You're the second person I've seen say this... Do you REALLY think it makes that much difference?
From the terminal, I'd probably take Will Clayton. But, from the rental car center? JFK south is pretty easy.. they have a flyover left exit right onto Beltway 8 east... traffic is rarely that bad in that area.
You have to go north (wrong way) to Will Clayton. I don't see how it saves any time??
Ditto on post #18 on the return trip from South Post Oak to IAH via the Hardy Toll Road. If it is rush hour, you should take it. You have to get on the 610 Loop going north.
Also, the OTC expo is at the Reliant Center. That is located on 610 Loop South. My earlier directions will take you right past it when going from Webster to South Post Oak. You would exit Kirby or Fannin if you intend to park there.
yea.. well. Don’t blame them. There are ZERO hotel rooms, anywhere in Houston this week. I’m staying at a freaking Motel 6!!! Normally, I’m in a Holiday Inn or Hyatt.
Your morning commute should be your larger worry. It will easily take you and hour... and, there’s really only one way to go. I-45, to 610 loop.
BTW>> S Post Oak isn’t really in the medical center area... WHERE on Post Oak are you going?
You are right. It depends on which rental car company is used. Some are on JFK, and some are on Will Clayton.
IF the rental car is picked up on Will Clayton, then Will Clayton takes you easily to 59 South.
IF the car rental is on JFK, I would go south to Beltway 8 and then head east for a mile to 59 South. That’s just me.
If the time of day is 7-930 a.m. I would consider the Hardy Toll Road into Houston to avoid some of the inbound traffic. Otherwise, 59 South is better.
Try google maps. It sends you down 59 to I45 to Webster. Use your starting and ending addresses.
The difference is that if you take JFK, you then have to get on the beltway to either IH45 or US59. Hitting 59 from WCP and going south eliminates two interchanges from the logitech's route, easier for a visitor unfiamilar with the lay of the land to make fewer transitions, the old KISS principle
logitech, the freeways in Houston are marked very well, keep your eyes up and you'll have plenty of warning when you are approaching an interchange.
Ok.. thanks. I think, pretty much ALL rental cars are on JFK now. They ALL moved there a few years ago.
how bad can the traffic be in downtown Houston at 5pm?”
Downtown is just one issue and, overall, not one of the real traffic producers. Considering that 250,000 people have moved here in the last two years, that it is the 4th largest city in the U.S. now and all its residents are on the Katy Freeway, 59, 45 or 288 at 5 p.m., not bad! LOL.
If you get lost, just get on the 610 loop. 59, 288, 45, Beltway 8, Hardy Toll Road all have exits going both directions eventually.
Since you’re going to be near Kemah when you’re in Webster, might want to go there for dinner. Good seafood abounds, you can sit outside and watch the sailboats come in.
Yea... I like the concept. But, from the rental car facility? The signage going north, over to Will Clayton is actually quite confusing. I drive there all the time, and I sometimes get screwed up going that way... end up circling a terminal. :-(
It's a pretty straight shot on JFK to B-8 (left exit flyover) then to I-59 South. (also a direct exit ramp). Not sure how it could be any easier. ??
Looks to be about a mile south of SHT. It’s a dialysis clinic.
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