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    Houston airport transportation

    I will be attending the Houston quilt show in three weeks. I just found out that Super Shuttle will no longer be providing services in Houston as of 10/11/19. I am from a very small town and have never used public transportation in a big city. Is the Metro easy to navigate in Houston? Or are the taxi's reliable? I will be staying downtown near the convention center so I just need transportation from the airport IAH.

    Thanks for your advice.

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    Call the hotel you will be staying while you are there and they can tell you who to use. Many hotels have their own shuttles. They can also tell you how far they are from the airport.

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    I did check with the hotel, they do not have a shuttle. The distance from the airport is 22 miles. That seems like a long way to go on a bus, I imagine there would be a lot of stops. I guess I can take a cab but they are expensive. I hate to spend so much on a cab when there are so many buying opportunities at the show

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    How about Uber or Lyft?
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    My daughters use Lyft all the time - I would do the same. I am surprised the hotel couldn't make a recommendation on who to call.

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    Uber, Lyft or another taxi service. I have used Uber many times and have always been very pleased and never had any issue.
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    https://www.airport-houston.com/taxi.php here is a link that might be helpful to you, scroll down to the bottom of the big ad. If you have a smart phone you can download the Uber app and check pricing from them also. In some cases I've found Uber more expensive than a taxi. Also go to the quilt shows information page, sometimes they list transportation options. You can post here and ask if anyone else is going and maybe ride share with them.

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    I use Lyft a great deal. I have had no problem with them. I always have an idea how far out they are when I am waiting. I live out in an area where there is no public transportation too. Just know that most major air ports have a specific pick up place for Uber and Lyft. Taxi cabs get the door area. If you use Uber or Lyft be sure to check this out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Quilter View Post
    I will be attending the Houston quilt show in three weeks. I just found out that Super Shuttle will no longer be providing services in Houston as of 10/11/19. I am from a very small town and have never used public transportation in a big city. Is the Metro easy to navigate in Houston? Or are the taxi's reliable? I will be staying downtown near the convention center so I just need transportation from the airport IAH.

    Thanks for your advice.
    Bus service can be sketchy. You'd have to check the routes and times. A lot of their buses are mainly commuter service and only run at certain times, not all day. I have never used Uber or Lyft. My only reservation with these services is that in case of an accident, you may not get much coverage. Most people carrying the minimum requirements which won't cover much in the case of an accident.

    Good luck and have a great time. I'll be at Festival Fri, Sat and Sun. If you want to meet up, shoot me a pm.
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    Maybe another hotel close to yours has a shuttle service. Maybe look your hotel up on a map and look for others that might have a shuttle service that you could hitch a ride on.
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    Thank you everyone for your great ideas. Patrice, it doesn't look like we will be there at the same time but I appreciate your offer. I hope you have a great time. This is only my second visit to Houston, I am really looking forward to it.

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    You are much braver than I am! I wouldn't go to Houston if someone paid me to. Not even for a quilt show such as this.
    I hope you find a solution to this dilemma. And have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Quilter View Post
    Thank you everyone for your great ideas. Patrice, it doesn't look like we will be there at the same time but I appreciate your offer. I hope you have a great time. This is only my second visit to Houston, I am really looking forward to it.
    I hope you are there for at least one day of the festival. The classes are awesome but seeing the quilts and all the vendors is a huge part of the festival experience for me.
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    I took a cab the last time I attended. Just easier. ����*♀️
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    Last year I attended the Houston Festival with my cousin and we stayed in a hotel about a half mile away. She has used Uber many times and encouraged me to download the App, sign up (give them your credit card information) and use it. I was so surprised at how easy it was to use and how I could track the Uber driver that agreed to pick us up. I have used it a few times since.

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    I live a couple of hours from Houston and have attended Quilt Festival many times. I always drive into town. I would not even consider getting on a bus in Houston. I do not think they would be a safe option and would avoid it unless there were no other choice. The light rail does not go from IAH to downtown. I used Uber last year once to get from the Convention Center back to my daughter's home where I stay. My phone was not even sophisticated enough to download the app so my son-in-law had to send it for me. I couldn't have been easier to manage. Since then my husband and I have used it a couple of times different cities, always successfully. Houston's Quilt Festival is a wonderful quilt show and event. I look forward to it from one year to the next. It is well worth the effort to attend and really takes more than one day to do it justice. If you only have Wednesday preview and Thursday for the show itself you will have to be satisfied with that, but longer is fun for me as there is so much to see and do. I am glad you get to come and am sure you will enjoy it.

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    I totally agree csstexas. I can't imagine trying to do the whole show in one day. I normally go 3 days using most of Sunday to look at the quilts and photograph them. Plus I intersperse my shopping with short quilt viewing times. It tends to break things up nicely.
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    I used Uber Tuesday evening to get from airport (hobby) to my hotel, the Hilton next to the convention center. $21. Very easy app to use. The driver was very courteous and drove safely. His car was spotless, another plus. Ill be using Uber again to return to airport Saturday.

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