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Advice: I-10 SAT To IAH  
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Changed travel plans call for, that I need to travel from San Antonio, TX to IAH at the end of a 10-day-vacation in Texas early Februar 2007.
I rebooked today and now need to catch the KL 664 flight to AMS leaving at 2055h.

That late departure out of IAH mean that I have plenty of time to do the drive from San Antonio.
Is the I-10 in that stretch particularly busy ? I would set off from San Antionio around 1000h ...
Is there anything where I should make a stop en-route ?

Or would anybody recommend that I fly CO from SAT to IAH (not HOU) ? (please do not recommend any "interesting" routings, as I will have to check luggage and prefer to arrive with it).

Insights, Comments?
-HT


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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

Outside of the metro San Antonio and Houston areas, I-10 between those two cities is relatively quiet. Some rolling hills here and there, nothing major between the two. Traffic in Houston, though, can be really tricky sometimes. I'd stay away from downtown, and travel on the outer loops (the Beltway is the best for me, though have a fair amount of change on you for the tolls). Leaving at 1000 gets you to IAH in plenty of time if you go direct, and you'll be able to catch the mid/late afternoon BA/LH/AF departures.

If you make any side trips, just keep in mind the traffic in Houston.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

I would figure three hours between the two cities.

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Thanks for the quick replies and valuable advice.
I think I will go for the "drive" option then and use Sam Houston Tollway to get to IAH.
As I am in no hurry on that departure date, I will allow plenty on time and make that a easy & relaxed drive.
-HT



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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 2):
I would figure three hours between the two cities.

Quiet accurate. I have driven that route many times and my average is 3.5 hours. Check www.mapquest.com for the route and estimated timing. The area around IAH gets pretty busy though at the usual peak times.

Isn't better for you to take a quick, cheap SAT-IAH COA flight?

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

As the others have said, I 10 is a very tame freeway outside the major city limits. In the past, I would have recommended stopping in Seguin to eat at my favorite restaurant of all time, Soilita's. Unfortuantely, I have learned that Soilita's is closed and I'm damn pissed about that too. Nobody could cook like that family could.

So instead I'll offer this piece of advice. No matter what you do, don't stop in Sealy. That town is cursed I tell ya. Make sure you get your gas somewhere else and if you need one, do a pit stop at another city along the way, but just don't stop in Sealy.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

It's an easy drive, I've done it a few times. My only complaint is Houston traffic. It gets pretty bad on the west side around Katy on I-10. Allow yourself plenty of time, and you should be ok.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 1307 times:

Quoting Fly727 (Reply 4):
Isn't better for you to take a quick, cheap SAT-IAH COA flight?

That would mean that I need to kill most of the day around San Antonio with my luggage in the rental car (to catch a afternoon flight) as a noon-flight to IAH would leave too much time at IAH (for a 2055h departure).

Plus I am not too sure whether CO would be able/willing to check-through my luggage (CO to KL; = within SkyTeam), as I would travel on 2 tickets.

I think, I´d better drive to IAH at a leisurely pace (keeping the traffic at Western Houston in mind, as pointed out), arrive a bit early and after check-in I either roam the airport or settle into any B-lounge used by KL ...

BTW: Is gas easily available at IAH (= the locations where one returns the rental car) ? Sofar I have seen positive and negative examples in the U.S. ...
-HT



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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 1306 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 7):
Plus I am not too sure whether CO would be able/willing to check-through my luggage (CO to KL; = within SkyTeam), as I would travel on 2 tickets.

While I can't say for sure, I'm almost 100% positive that CO would check your bags through to AMS, especially given that they and KL are SkyTeam partners. It doesn't matter that you're on two separate itineraries; as long as you show the ticket agent in SAT a copy of your KLM itinerary/receipt, they'll tag the bags for you all the way to AMS.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 1303 times:

There's the Shiner Brewery in Shiner, TX, about halfway between IAH and SAT (about 20 miles south of I-10)...of course, you'll have to moderate your drinking...  Wink


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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Between I-10 and IAH on the Sam Houston Tollroad, you'll need to pay at one toll plaza. Have US$2 handy, as I don't remember exactly how much the toll is (US$1.50, I think). Of course, you could just use the EZ Tag lane. What are they going to do?

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 10):
Of course, you could just use the EZ Tag lane. What are they going to do?

I´d better not check that out .. .
Worst case:
They register my rental car's license plate.
They track down, who was the renter.
The renter is out of country.
They either charge my Credit Card directly or at maximum, the INS (or similar) will have a looong talk with me the next time I try to enter the U.S.

--> Better to avoid !  Wink

Quoting Homer71 (Reply 9):
Shiner Brewery

Single driver = no good idea to visit a brewery w/o a hotel nearby ...
-HT



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
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Quoting IAH777 (Reply 10):
Of course, you could just use the EZ Tag lane. What are they going to do?

Charge it to the rental company who in turns multiplies the fine and charges it to your credit card. At least that's what happens if you pass a speed camera or toll booth in Norway.



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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 11):
I´d better not check that out .. .
Worst case:
They register my rental car's license plate.
They track down, who was the renter.
The renter is out of country.
They either charge my Credit Card directly or at maximum, the INS (or similar) will have a looong talk with me the next time I try to enter the U.S.



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 12):
Charge it to the rental company who in turns multiplies the fine and charges it to your credit card.

Good points, both. I was being facetious, however.


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