Getting Here & Transportation

Galveston may be an island, but it is more accessible than you think.

Galveston may be 32-miles long, but it's only a few miles wide. With a handful of neighborhoods and top points of interest, finding your perfect locations won't be difficult.

Downtown carriage ride wide

Proximity to Houston

Located about an hour south of Houston and connected to the mainland by a causeway, Galveston is as easy to get to as an island can be. Some of the ways to travel to, from, or on the island include Uber or Lyft, shuttle, limousine, rental car or personal vehicle.

Arrival by Air

The closest international airport to Galveston is William P Hobby Airport. Located on the southern side of Houston, it’s only about 40 miles – and less than an hour if traffic cooperates – from the terminal to the beach.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the largest airport in Houston. It’s about 70 miles and 80+ minutes from Galveston.

Once you’re on the ground, you have many options for getting from the airport to your lodging or cruise port.

  • Limo or luxury car: Rates vary from around $150 each way for a luxury car from Houston Hobby up to $400 each way for a stretch limo from Bush International.
  • Shuttle: Round-trip rates range from around $40 to $100 per person.
  • Uber and Lyft: Rates range from about $100+ round trip per car from Houston Hobby to $165+ round trip from Bush International. Fares increase during busy times.
  • Rental car: Rates vary.
Getting Here & Transportation
Parking on The Island

If you don’t mind walking a few blocks, you can find free parking on much of the island. However, there are some places you need to pay for parking and some that require resident permits. Paid parking is required along The Seawall and in Historic Downtown from 10AM-6PM.

The best way to pay for parking along The Seawall and the Historic Downtown District is through PayByPhone. You can call 1-866-234-7275, visit, or download the PayByPhone app. PayByPhone goes by your license plate number, so you can park anywhere within the same location code.

Historic Downtown currently offers free parking on Sunday.

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