Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island is more accessible than you might think. Having the flight volumes of the nation's fourth-largest city provides maximum flexibility for scheduling. Just 50 miles south of Houston, an oasis waits to meet your vacation and convention needs.
Galveston Island is located 50 miles southeast of Houston. Many national and international carriers serve the Houston area’s two major airports.
William P. Hobby Airport is the closer of the two airports, just 40 miles from Galveston. Visit fly2houston.com/hobby for information. DIRECTIONS TO GALVESTON: Begin at William P Hobby on Lockheed Ave and go North for 0.2 miles. Turn left on Convair St and go West for 200 feet. Turn right on Telephone Rd, TX-35 and go North for 0.3 miles. Turn right on Airport Blvd and go East for 2.4 miles. Turn right on Gulf Fwy and go Southeast for 0.6 miles. Continue on ramp at sign reading "I-45 S" and go Southeast for 0.3 miles. Continue on I-45 and go Southeast for 35 miles to Galveston Island.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport lies on the north side of Houston, 70 miles from Galveston. For details, click to fly2houston.com/iah. DIRECTIONS TO GALVESTON: Begin at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Terminal Rd S and go East for 0.6 miles. Bear left and go Southeast for 300 feet. Turn left on Greens Rd and go East for 2.4 miles. Turn right on Eastex Fwy, US-59, US-59 N and go South for 0.6 miles. Bear left on ramp and go South for 1000 feet. Continue on Eastex Fwy, US-59 and go South for 14 miles. Bear right on ramp at sign reading "I-45 to Galveston / Dallas" and go South for 0.6 miles. Continue on I-45 and go Southeast for 45 miles to Galveston Island.
A third airport in the Houston Airport System is Ellington Field, serving charters only. Ellington Field is 35 miles from Galveston. Visit fly2houston.com/ellington.
Scholes International Airport at Galveston welcomes private charters; for information, visit galvestonairport.com.
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Be advised that paid street parking is enforced along Seawall Boulevard. Rates and times vary by location. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted.
Set up a free account for PayByPhone 1 or 3 ways:
- On your smartphone: Download the "PayByPhone" app from your app store or enter m.paybyphone.com in your phone's browser
- At your computer: PayByPhone.com
- Call: 1-866-234-7275 and follow the prompts
How does it work?
- Load the app or mobile website. Or call 1-866-234-7275
- Enter Location Number (located on the meter or sign)
- Enter desired parking time
Paid parking Downtown is enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM daily. Visitors have the option to use any of the sixteen pay stations throughout Downtown or the PayByPhone system to pay for parking. The spaces are no longer numbered and visitors will pay per license plate so that they may move freely from one location to another within the paid parking area without the need to pay an additional fee unless more time is needed.
Visitors may pay for parking using cash or a credit/debit card at the newly installed pay stations located at the intersections of 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Streets at Strand, Mechanic, Market, and Postoffice. Credit or debit card payments for parking may also be made via the PayByPhone mobile app, or on the web at paybyphone.com. Annual passes will not be available for Downtown paid parking. All parking payments are associated with a license plate and are non-transferable. Please note that handicap plates and placards as well as Disabled Veteran plates are exempt.
$1.50/hour ($0.25 convenience fee per transaction for PayByPhone)
9 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday, daily
- Pay Stations: accept cash, coins, or credit/debit cards. Located at Intersections of 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Streets at Strand, Mechanic, Market, and Postoffice
- PayByPhone: pay using a credit/debit card, paybyphone.com, the Pay by Phone Mobile App, OR by phone at 1-866-234-7275. Location Code: 5689
Paid Parking Zone:
20th Street to 25th Street from Harborside to Church Street
For additional information regarding the Downtown Paid Parking Program, please click here, or contact the Downtown Paid Parking Customer Service Division at (409) 797-3602.