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Getting to the Port Just Got Cheaper — Uber & Lyft Approved in Houston

Update: Following statewide legislation passed by the Texas government, Uber and Lyft have returned to Galveston and Houston after a hiatus. Given their convenience and the fact that they pick up at both Houston airports, the rideshare companies are our recommended way of getting to the Galveston cruise port.

Good news if you fly into Houston for your cruise. On August 6th, the city of Houston approved new regulations that will allow ride services Uber & Lyft to operate legally in the city.

If you haven’t heard of these companies, you soon will. Uber & Lyft are two different rideshare programs. Drivers sign up on the site and are vetted to offer rides, usually using their personal vehicle. Once approved, passengers can hire out these drivers — just like using a taxi — but usually at much lower rates. Passengers request a ride from their smartphone and several different types of cars are available.

So how much money could you potentially save?

A quick search of Uber shows a ride from Houston Intercontinental Airport to the Port of Galveston would cost $73 – $96 one way. You can expect to pay about $125 – $150 for the same trip via cab.

From Houston Hobby to the port, Uber is estimated to cost $42 – $56 each way. You’d be charged an estimated $75 – $110 for the same trip via taxi.

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Now before you jump at the chance to save some money off the taxi fare with Uber or Lyft, there are some things to consider. First, while the services are approved in Houston, we haven’t seen any word on these services in Galveston.

If not approved by the city, the drivers could be ticketed for operating an unlicensed taxi cab. As a passenger, that’s not likely to impact you, but it is something you should be aware of. So far we haven’t heard any reports of this happening.

(Following statewide regulation, these are no longer issues.)

As well, we aren’t sure how prevalent the services are outside of major cities. It could be that while it’s easy to find a ride using the apps in Houston, getting a ride back from Galveston might be tougher. Of course, you might be able to arrange something with your driver on the way from the airport for when you return from the cruise.

No matter what, we view having more options getting to and from the cruise port as a good thing — especially when they show promise of being less expensive than other alternatives.



14 Responses so far.

  1. kent flournoy says:

    Uber x can be cheaper than yellowcab, however
    Uber black and Uber suv are more expensive.
    AND..Uber has and IS being ticketed in galves1ton.

  2. gaynor hiatt says:

    need a ride from Houston bush IAH to inn at the waterpark Galveston TX. on Feb.20,2015.On Feb.28 2015 need ride from cruise ports Galveston TX. to Houston bush IAH for 2 passengers.

  3. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    You might try some of the options discussed here:

  4. Beckie Codd says:

    I need a ride from the port to Houston airport on Feb 5th.

  5. Galveston Cruise Tips says:


    We’d suggest checking out this page on transportation between Houston and Galveston.

  6. AC says:

    Last Summer I took an Uber from Hobby to Galveston no problem. I could not get an Uber back to Hobby Airport from Galveston. The girl at the hotel desk arranged a Taxi for me. It was a yellow taxi and by far the most disgusting awful Taxi ride of my life. That says lot having gown up in NYC. The car stank of cats, vomit, smoke and cigars. Uber is a better experience by far. Bring Uber back to Galveston!!!

  7. Donovan says:

    Can anyone provide an update as to whether Uber has been authorized to pick people up in Galveston?

  8. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    It has not. If you want to use rideshare, for the time being Get Me is your best choice.

  9. Drea says:

    I’m looking for a roundtrip ride from Houston Hobby to the Port of Galveston on the morning of June 25th. Any suggestions?

  10. Kenneth Walker says:

    Looking for transportation from Galveston, TX Cruise Terminal to IAH (Houston Bush International Airport on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 8 am. We need the transportation for 5 adults and 3 children. Please let us know if available and the cost. Thank you

  11. Brad says:

    Uber and Lyft are both operating in Galveston and should be able to operate state wise as of 06/25/17. If you turn on your Lyft or uber app and you don’t get a message saying not available in this area. The service should work but yet to be seen how many Lyft and Uber’s will be there.

  12. Roy says:

    Has there been any progress for uBER FROM THE PORT AS OF YET????

    Cruising in August

  13. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    There are several services, including Uber/Lyft and independent shuttles. Check out this article:

  14. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    Ken, check out our transportation page here:

    We go into detail about all your options.

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