Several highways easily link Fort Hood soldiers to the Interstate 35 corridor that connects Waco and Austin. Most travelers in the area choose to drive, enjoying the many different aspects of the hill country. There are numerous bridges and places to stop and enjoy the views.
For those flying, there is one major airport within 80 or so miles, with numerous major air carriers. The area also has a regional airport that connects travelers to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston airports
Central Texas boasts a public transportation system that services nine counties, and the area is also served by a Greyhound Station.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
3600 Presidential Blvd.
Austin, TX 78719 512-530-2242
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is approximately 77 miles from Fort Hood and has 14 major carriers, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes buses, taxi, limousines, charter and shuttle services to nearby hotels and the rental car facility that offers service for most major carriers.
Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
8101 S. Clear Creek Road
Killeen, TX 76549 254-501-6100
The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport is centrally located to Fort Hood. The airport offers direct, non-stop air access to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston airports. From these hub airports, passengers can fly to any destination in the world without changing airlines. Major carriers include American Airlines and United Airlines.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle and rental car service from multiple companies.
Hill Country Transit District
4515 W. U.S. 190
Belton, TX 76513 254-933-3700
Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates The HOP, a regional public transit system that serves a nine-county area covering more than 9,000 square miles. For more information on fares and the system’s service area, visit The HOP’s website.
DRIVING AND COMMUTING
Many U.S. highways and state routes cross through Central Texas, connecting Fort Hood to major cities Austin and Waco.
Fort Hood is directly west of Killeen, Temple and Belton, and south of Gatesville. U.S. Route 190 traverses through part of Fort Hood, into Bell County and Killeen.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Central Texas link the counties to each other and neighboring Louisiana. State Highway 36 runs north and south, connecting those in Gatesville, via U.S. Route 190, to Fort Hood.
The Texas Department of Transportation has a wealth of resources concerning roadways and inclement weather; sharing the road with cyclists, motorcycles and pedestrians; traffic cameras, carpool information; driver education and much more. Visit www.txdot.gov/driver.html.
Drive Texas provides commuters with a map of accurate, timely traffic conditions available 24/7. For information, visit https://drivetexas.org.
Texas Department of Public Safety
606B Leon St.
Gatesville, TX 76528 254-865-2444
5100 W. Elms Road
Killeen, TX 76549 254-616-1800
6612 S. General Bruce
Temple, TX 76502 254-770-6734
The Texas Department of Public Safety issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and provides other driving-related services. Make an appointment online or visit one of the local offices for services related to your driver’s license or identification card. Vehicle registration is done through
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Texas from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state for 90 days, after that a new resident must apply for a Texas license in person at any driver license office to continue to drive legally.
The state spells out what is required for licensing under various scenarios in its Texas Driver Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-7.pdf.
Applications associated with vehicle registration are available online at www.txdmv.gov.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit www.txdmv.gov/motorists/for-our-troops.
In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on using a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Texting, as well as reading or writing emails, is prohibited while driving in Texas. Many local areas have passed stricter ordinances which completely limit any cell phone use while driving, so it is the responsibility of drivers to learn the laws in their local areas.
Texas places no restrictions on adult drivers’ use of mobile phones to make and receive calls but does bar drivers under the age of 18 to use any electronic devices while driving.
Texas Department of Transportation
Visit the Texas Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, to view toll roads and access the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for vehicle registration, title transfer and to update your address.