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Driving from Austin to Houston

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Driving from Austin to Houston

As someone from SIngapore driving for only the second time in the US (therefore 'wrong"side of the road and steering wheel also on the wrong side of the care) could someone advise about driving from Austin to Houston George Bush International airport?

Specifically we'd like to know whether the Austin-Houston highway and the route to the airport in particular is "complicated? And if the trip could be done in about 3 hours?

We could fly of course, but there's something about driving in the US maybe the Kerouac story ....

Thanks to all,

Samgeeth

(PS: if the bit about driving in the US sounds familiar, yes I did post this in the SFO forum about 3 years ago)

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1. Re: Driving from Austin to Houston

No it is not complicated - straight shot down 290 and then can take the toll road right to the airport. On 290 you will go through some small towns and also make a turn but other than that you will just drive with the flow and cannot go the wrong direction. Getting to 290 from where ever will be the most complicated.

3 hours is about correct.

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2. Re: Driving from Austin to Houston

It's an easy drive. When you go through the small towns on 290 (Giddings, Elgin, Page, Brenham, etc) pay really close attention to the speed limit signs and follow them. When they say 35 mph, they mean 35 mph! As you approach the toll road, it will be signposted Sam Houston Toll Road or Beltway 8. The toll is paid with exact change only, unless your vehicle has an EZ tag on it. Have a couple of one dollar bills and some quarters handy for the tolls. Depending on the time of day you are travelling, there can be back-ups at th toll booths, so I would allow just a bit more than the three hours. In non rush hour times three hours will be OK. If you are driving a rental car, allow some time to return the car and get the shuttle to the airport as well.

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3. Re: Driving from Austin to Houston

Thanks all, the info on toll booths and everything and yes we're driving a rental car and the tip on returning the car to the agency is good stuff, since we're taking an int"l flight back to SIngapore, need to be at IAH a good 2 hours before take-off.

Much appreciated.

Best regards

Sami

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4. Re: Driving from Austin to Houston

Sorry-should have said cash only, not exact change only. Most exits have a lane at the toll booths for people who don't have exact change, but you still need cash and they won't take anything larger than a twenty dollar bill. The fastest way is to have exact change, so therefore the need for one dollar bills and quarters.

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5. Re: Driving from Austin to Houston

I hope you had some fine TX BBQ while you were in Austin. If you have time take Highway 183 S to Lockhart and Luling for outstanding TX BBQ and take I 10 E to Houston. Lockhart is 29 miles S of Austin. Luling is a few miles S of Lockhart. I 10 is just S of Luling.

Black's BBQ @ 215 N. Main St., Lockhart, TX. 512 - 398 - 2712.

http://www.blacksbbq.com/

Kreuz Market @ 619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, TX. 512 - 398 - 2361.

http://www.kreuzmarket.com/index.shtml

Smitty's Market @ 208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart, TX. 512 - 398 - 9344.

http://www.smittysmarket.com/

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