Galveston’s Cruise Terminal is located on the north side of Galveston Island, on Galveston Channel that separates the island from Pelican Island. The port is adjacent to downtown Galveston, so driving there requires going through the heart of town.
Getting There By Air: There’s an airport in Galveston, but unfortunately it isn’t served by commercial airlines. The next closest is Houston’s Hobby Airport, about 40 miles away. You can rent a car from there or catch a limo/shuttle (reservations recommended). The more popular airport in the Houston metro area (and with more frequent flights than Hobby) is Houston Intercontinental (IAH). That one’s on the north side of town, which means it’s about 70 miles from the port in Galveston.
Galveston Cruise Terminal Address: Pier #25, 2502 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX.
Driving Into Galveston: If you’re coming from Houston, then you’ll enter Galveston Island via I-45 (Gulf Freeway). The Interstate ends after you’re on the island and becomes Broadway/Avenue J. You’ll notice that cross streets are numbered, with the numbers getting lower as you head further into town. Anytime after you get to 51st Street you can turn left to go over to Harborside Drive (Route 275), which runs parallel to Broadway and leads directly to the Galveston cruise terminals.
Parking: The “official” cruise parking lots are located a few blocks west of the terminals, at the intersection of 33rd Street and Harborside Drive. Those are the largest lots available and your best choice if you haven’t made other arrangements.
“Other arrangements?” Yes. There are several privately-owned lots nearer the terminals. These are a bit smaller than the official lots, so reservations are recommended.
Galveston Park N Cruise is located about a block away from the cruise terminals and offers both indoor and uncovered parking. They’re close enough that you can drop off everything at the port, drive across the street, park and walk back to the ship.
EZ Cruise Parking is a couple blocks south of the terminals, on Santa Fe Place between 26th and 28th streets. Your car should be pretty safe, with 24-hour security and 7-foot iron fencing topped by barbed wire! They’ll shuttle you and your stuff to and from the cruise ship terminal. They can also do a full “detailing” of your car while you’re gone (extra fee applies).
If you’d like to give your car some respite from the sun and rain, all of the spaces at Lighthouse Cruise Parking are covered (it’s not “indoor” parking, but “car port”-style roofs are used throughout). They’re located at the corner of 29th and Market Streets. They’ll happily shuttle you and your luggage between the lot and the terminals.
Driving Distances to Galveston Cruise Port:
Houston: 55 miles
Dallas: 290 miles
San Antonio: 250 miles
Austin: 215 miles
Corpus Christi: 230 miles
Visit the Port of Galveston’s official website for additional information.