Nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is the largest city in Texas, USA. With a multicultural population of over 2 million people and vast urbanisation, it’s the fourth-largest city in the USA. Home to a bristling arts scene, intriguing museums and phenomenal cuisine, attractions like Space Center Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts attract tourist year-round.
Get ready to explore the city’s fascinating museums and vibrant culture because cheap flights to Houston are now available! The city is served by George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), a 20-minute drive from the city centre. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including United Airlines, British Airways and Delta Air Lines. Popular connecting flights to Houston depart from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 20 hours, 30 minutes.
Popular flights to Houston
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Houston
Houston is a city brimming with outdoor festivals and events all year round. Not-to-be missed events include the Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Shakespeare Festival. Whatever tickles your fancy, you’re guaranteed fun and entertainment!
Grab a cityPASS and discover Houston’s most noteworthy museums and attractions. Explore shipwrecks at Downtown Aquarium and see how astronauts live on the International Space Station at the Space Center.
Experience the taste of Houston with a variety of traditional southern dishes, Mexican, Asian and other distinct specialties. Whether you prefer fine-dining or hole-in-the-wall eateries, you’ll be treated to a culinary feast!
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Popular seasons to visit this rodeo capital are spring (February-April) and autumn (September-November). Outdoor attractions are in full bloom during spring and al fresco dining is a lovely way to sample some of Texas’ tastiest food. Expect festival mayhem in March and April, particularly the Livestock Show and Rodeo, seeing a surge in visitors and hotel prices. Alternatively, autumn ushers in welcoming temperatures and even more outdoor events, set against a kaleidoscope of amber and gold.
Summers (May-August) are hot and sticky with a muggy haze lingering over the city. If the heat and frequent thunderstorms don’t put you off, you’re bound to score some great deals on accommodation. Houston’s short winter season of December and January is not a bad time to visit. Although there are fewer festivals, you’ll have the top attractions all to yourself!
Weather & Climate in Houston
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With its inspiring museums, lush green parks, quirky street art, exciting festivals and world-famous cuisine, there is no shortage of interesting things to do and experience in Houston. Buffalo Bayou Park is a natural oasis running through the city, featuring walking and biking trails, interesting sculptures and plenty of areas to relax and enjoy a picnic. Those looking to get active can rent a paddleboard or kayak and cruise along the scenic bayou. Hermann Park should also be top of the list – home to the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Sports fans can catch a season ball game at Minute Maid Park.
One of Houston’s best cultural attractions is the Museum District. Many of the residing museums are free to the public, some of which include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Children’s Museum, Holocaust Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum. No visit to Houston is complete without a trip to Space Center Houston, an enormous complex where you can learn about NASA, Skylab and see space shuttle replicas.
Take a stroll through Rice University Campus and explore street art installations scattered around town. Indulge in Houston’s incredible food scene and take home a pair of genuine cowboy boots as a souvenir. The Heights neighbourhood offers great vintage shopping, with retro décor and collectables.
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A United States Tourist Visa is required for South Africans travelling anywhere within the United States. You’ll need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that there are at least 2 pages free for stamps. Visa processing can take a few months, so leave plenty of time and ensure you have all the required documents.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
As in any other metropolitan area, common sense and safety precautions are required when visiting Houston. Avoid walking alone through dark and deserted areas and keep money and valuables out of sight. If you’re renting a car, be sure to keep it locked in parking areas. The METRO rail track is a hotspot for accidents if you’re unfamiliar with the intersections. Left turns are not permitted. Be very careful when crossing the tracks, especially at night, when oncoming trains are not always heard.
Houston is vulnerable to hurricanes during the summer, so stay abreast of weather forecasts and be aware of evacuation routes in your area.
It is always recommended to take out travel insurance, in the event of unforeseeable theft and medical expenses.