City transport

There are few options for nondrivers in Houston. The Metro buses are predominantly for commuters; taxis (the most reliable firm is Yellow Cabs; tel 713/236-1111) at $4 for the first mile and $1.65 for each additional mile, are expensive; and the humid climate and huge distances make walking unappealing. However, in the face of crippling traffic congestion, efforts are being made to encourage public transportation; a light rail system is in the works linking downtown to key tourist destinations. Maps of the city's bus routes are available from the Customer Service Center, 813 Dallas Ave (Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm). Local fares are $1 (with free transfers), while the downtown trolleys are free. For more information call 713/635-4000.

Gray Line Tours (tel 713/670-3254, ) and Texas Bus Lines (tel 713/523-8888) offer several sightseeing tours from $25.

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