About seven miles south of downtown Houston, William P. Hobby Airport is the city’s second-largest airport and caters for almost 12 million travellers per year. It is also Houston’s oldest commercial airport and its original art deco terminal building houses an impressive museum that takes visitors on a journey through the city’s rich aviation heritage.
A view of a self-parking garage at Hobby Airport (Photo: Fly2houston.com)
Travellers flying out of Hobby airport who require long term parking either before or after their trip can choose from a number of options, with several websites offering the chance to pre-book your parking space. Given that airport parking rates can be pretty high, we’ve done some research to help you find the best parking deals available online. You’ll find our selection below.
One option for keeping your airport parking costs down is to park your car a little away from the airport in an unofficial parking lot. For this purpose, Way is an excellent website for finding good money-saving deals. It is an aggregator website, so it doesn’t own or operate any of the parking lots, but instead gathers together the best deals it can find. Most of them usually include airport shuttles and 24-hour security too, and bookings can be made online or via the smartphone app. Another way to cut your costs is to book for a week or even longer, which tends to really bring down the parking rates at Hobby. When we looked around for long term parking near Houston Airport, we found 12 options, starting at $2.75 per day for parking 1.5 miles from the airport. Way also offer cancellation refunds up to your check-in time.
Official airport parking may be the priciest option for travellers, but there’s nothing to match it for sheer convenience and reassurance. Hobby airport provides three long-term parking options: off-site lots which cost just $3 per day; Ecopark Lots, located east of the Terminal Parking Garage, at just over $9 per day; and valet parking, which includes covered parking spaces, a free USA Today newspaper and bottle of mineral water, priced at $26 per day. While both of these latter two options are within walking distance of the airport, they also offer a free shuttle service.
Another highly regarded operator in the airport parking segment, Park Sleep Fly’s modus operandi is helping travellers needing both an airport hotel and airport parking by bundling the two together in one neat package. This can often be much cheaper than booking them separately from each other, and if the car park’s not walking distance from the airport, the packages often include a free shuttle service too. When we searched for cheap parking deals for Hobby airport in August, we found one option – an overnight stay at the Best Western Inn & Suites, located half-a-mile away from the airport, which when bundled with a week’s economy parking would cost you just $129 – saving you $16 compared with if you booked the same hotel and parking separately from each other. This also included a free shuttle and a free cancellation policy too.