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Warm breezes and year-round temperate seas complement the city’s rich historic districts, award-winning restaurants, unique attractions and bustling shops. And though Galveston’s relaxed island atmosphere is only 50 minutes from Houston, it is a world away in spirit.

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.

And getting around the Island is easy! You can travel by land, sea or air via Galveston Island Trolley, The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Galveston Island Ferry, Galveston Duck Tours, Galveston Harbor Tours, and aerial tours through Galveston Helicopters. If you’re seeking a little romance, try an after-dinner ride by horse-drawn carriage through the historic downtown district.


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Bush Intercontinental Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Bush Intercontinental is located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 north)

William P. Hobby Airport

William P. Hobby Airport

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.

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Cruising from the Island

The Port of Galveston is the fourth busiest home port in the United States with departures from Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines.

Shuttle Service

Transportation To & From Houston Airports

Galveston offers a variety of tranportation options to & from Houston airports, including cars, limousines, & shuttles.

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Parking in Galveston

Before you visit the Island, take the opportunity to familiarize with Galveston Island paid parking with our informative guide.

Bolivar Ferry

Galveston – Port Bolivar Ferry

Free ferry rides take you between Galveston and Port Bolivar and offer a glimpse of playful dolphins.

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Getting Around Galveston

From the harbor to the Gulf and from East End to West, you’ll find it quite easy to get where you’re wanting to be while on the Island.

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