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An Island Destination  Less Than An Hour from Houston

Galveston Island Illustration of Galveston Island's Proximity to Houston, Texas 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. George Bush Intercontinental Airport lies on the north side of Houston, 70 miles from Galveston. A third airport in the Houston Airport System is Ellington Field, a military airfield. Ellington Field is 35 miles from Galveston. For more online information on these airports, visit Scholes International Airport at Galveston welcomes private charters; for information, visit

Once here, there are numerous ways to explore the Island's tropical, historic surroundings. If you enjoy driving on your own, several local car rental companies service Galveston as well as a fleet of clean, safe taxicabs and numerous limousine companies with friendly, knowledgeable chauffeurs on staff. And, if public transportation is more your speed, you're sure to find the Island's affordable bus services easy to navigate.

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For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE (425-4753), or visit our website at Enjoy your visit!


Directions from Houston-Area Airports to Galveston

Directions from Bush Intercontinental to Galveston (54 Miles): 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.

Directions from Hobby to Galveston (31 Miles): 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.

Directions to The Texas Cruise Ship Terminal: Once you cross the Causeway (the big bridge) on to Galveston Island, take the very first exit (Exit 1C) to Harborside Drive. Follow the feeder road and go left under I45. Follow Harborside Drive for 4.5 miles. After you pass several cruise parking lots and just after the cruise terminal, take a left at the 22nd street intersection and veer left past the Fisherman's Warf restaurant.

The Houston Airport System

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): Houston's largest airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), joined the Houston Airport System in June 1969. Bush Intercontinental is located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North)
The airport is operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation. The Houston Airport System functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base for airport operations, maintenance or capital improvements. Over 185 domestic and international destinations are accessible through nonstop or direct flights from IAH. An expanding portfolio of air routes and destinations promise to keep Bush Intercontinental Airport as the South Central United States' air transportation gateway to the world. Reach the airport by phone at (281)230-3100.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): Houston's second largest airport, Hobby Airport (HOU), has now been serving the Houston community for more than 60 years. Hobby Airport is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to NASA and Galveston Island. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is presently served by five (5) scheduled passenger airlines. In 2006, airline carriers performed handled 234,709 operations and enplaned and deplaned more than 8.5 million passengers. Hobby Airport is the largest hub airport for Southwest Airlines. Numerous other carriers also offer domestic air service through Hobby Airport. All of Hobby's airlines are located in its convenient terminal building. Only U.S. destinations are served through Hobby. Reach the airport by phone at (713)640-3000.

Getting Around Galveston Island

Rental Car Agencies

Taxi Companies

  • Busy Bee

  • Jeff's Cabs & Shuttle Service

  • Tropical Taxi

  • Yellow Cab Company

    Most national taxi cab companies service Galveston Island from William P. Hobby Airport (Houston) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston).

Galveston Public Transportation

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