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Cruise Line Transfers from Houston to the Galveston Port

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If you’re flying into a Houston airport for your cruise, then you likely already know that getting to the Port of Galveston can cause some headaches. Galveston is between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours from Houston, depending on which airport you fly into. (Houston Hobby is much closer to the port than Houston Intercontinental.)

There is no public transportation between Houston and Galveston. Instead, you have to find your own way between the cities. We’ve covered all your options here, but wanted to focus on one topic we get asked about often — cruise line transfers from Houston to Galveston.

Cruise lines know that people need a way to get back and forth from the ship, and they are happy to help you do it… for a price.

All the major cruise lines sailing from Galveston offer shuttle service from/to Houston airports. These services can be extremely convenient. Since the shuttles are associated with the cruise line, you don’t have to worry about missing your ship or being taken to the wrong location. The pricing is also simple and transparent and can be included into your cruise fare. You simply book the cruise shuttle when you book your cruise. If you don’t have your flight arrangements at that time, don’t worry. You can always book the shuttle later.

One thing to know is that cruise shuttles only operate on the day of your cruise and day of departure. If you plan to arrive early for your cruise, you will need to make other arrangements for transportation. As well, the hours of service are narrow. For example, Carnival starts running shuttles at 10:00 a.m. on departure day, with the latest arriving flight at 1:00 p.m. if you fly into Intercontinental and 1:30 p.m. if you fly into Hobby. When you return from your cruise, the earliest departure they can accommodate is 1:30 p.m.

With this in mind, below we provide more details on each cruise shuttle.

Carnival Cruise Transfer Shuttle From Houston to Galveston
$90 per person roundtrip between Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Galveston
$70 per person roundtrip between Houston Hobby (HOU) and Galveston

More details: http://www.carnival.com/cruise-transfers/galveston.aspx

Royal Caribbean Transfer Shuttle From Houston to Galveston
$92 per person roundtrip between Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Galveston
$77 per person roundtrip between Houston Hobby (HOU) and Galveston

More details: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentWithHero.do?pagename=transfers

Disney Cruises Transfer Shuttle From Houston to Galveston
$90 per person roundtrip between Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Galveston
No service from Houston Hobby

More details: http://www.disneywebcontent.com/dcc/1724/fb6b651c69f28210VgnVCM100000d864a8c0RCRD/

Have an update on this topic? Have a question we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Photo: H. Michael Miley

One Response so far.

  1. Michael says:

    We have recently booked our first trip out of Galveston, and found http://galvestonexpress.com/
    We have not yet used them, but their communication so far has been great! I will update after our trip, but their rates were quite good, and they go to both IAH and Hobby. (we are flying out of one and into another)

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