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BioScience Research Collaborative, Rice Univ.
Houston, Texas, United States
14 - 15 May 2018
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Travel to Houston

Houston, Texas City View

SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2018 
BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030-1402

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Travel to Houston

Centrally located, the Hilton Houston Plaza hotel is approximately 20 - 25 minutes from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and 40 - 45 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).


The Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center hotel is one block, 5 minute walk, from the medical facilities. Complimentary hotel shuttle runs to and from the Medical Center buildings and Rice University. Book your room reservations online or call 1-713-313-4000

Flying to Houston

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is Houston's 2nd largest airport located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to NASA and Galveston Island. 

Map of Hobby Airport

George Bush International Airport (IAH) is the 8th busiest airport in the U.S. located 22 miles north of downtown Houston between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69.

Ground Transportation

Ground Transportation including Super Shuttle from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) to Houston hotels.

 Driving Directions

Driving directions from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) 10 miles, 20 minutes drive time.

Driving directions from George Bush  Intercontinental Airport (IAH) 25 miles, 45 min. drive time.


Taxi rates are charged accordingly to flat zone rate or meter rate whichever is less (additional fees may apply).

Taxi from William P. Hobby Airport flat zone rate to hotel & medical facilities is $32 (6am - 8pm) & $33 (8pm - 6am) one way.

Taxi from George Bush International Airport (IAH) flat zone rate to Hotel & medical facilities is $72 (6am - 8pm) & $73 (8pm - 6am) one way.

 Public Bus Service - Houston METRO

Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Website

From William P. Hobby Airport, the METRO offers bus service available Curbzone 13 out baggage claim area lower level.

From George Bush International Airport, the METRO offers bus service available at the south side of Terminal C. Metro Bus 102 picks up on the south side of Terminal C street level (baggage claim) and stops at the downtown Metro station.

Visit the Houston METRO website for specific routes and schedule information.


Self parking rates at the Hilton Houston Plaza Hotel are $12 per vehicle Sunday through Thursday and $9 per vehicle Friday and Saturday. Valet is $18.95 daily. The parking garage is covered. Rates are subject to change.

Parking at the BioScience Research Collaborative

Complimentary Shuttle Service for Guests at the Hilton Houston Plaza Hotel

The Hilton Houston Plaza Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to guests at the hotel. It is available on a first come, first serve basis, and runs from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm daily, departing from the hotel every half hour. The shuttle run covers a 2 mile radius of the hotel on a scheduled route; however, if guests wish to be dropped off at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative, it is by request only and the driver will comply. Guests can reserve a seat by contacting the Front Desk at 713-313-4610. 

 Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental has been selected as the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as SPIE Translational Biophotonics attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0023. Discount rates apply for roundtrip rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0023.

• In the United States call 1-800-654-2240.
• In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto.
• In Europe and Asia call the nearest Hertz Reservation Center
   or travel agent.
• Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434.

Book Online at www.hertz.com