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How to get from Houston Airport to Galveston

Galveston is an island city on the south east coast of Texas. This charming sandy beach city is frequented by both Houstonians who have made Galveston their summer home and travellers from further afield who visit Galveston for its historic architecture and top tier restaurants. The port of Galveston is the fourth busiest cruise ship homeport in North America serving routes to the Caribbean with some of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world.

Galveston is 70 miles (112km) south of Houston airport and there are no direct public transport options to the island city. The only direct travel options are either a Houston airport taxi or a shared shuttle bus service.

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How to get from Houston airport to Galveston by taxi or shuttle

A Houston private shuttle or taxi to Galveston is the hassle free and fastest option to get to this destination. Houston taxi fares are calculated by calibrated taximeters but a fixed rate fare can also be arranged to this destination when booking your transfer in advance. Estimated travel time by taxi is 85 minutes.

How much is the taxi fare from Houston Airport to Galveston

The Houston to Galveston shuttle and taxi service will cost approximately $165 (€150) when calculated by taximeter. Alternatively, you can arrange a low cost fixed rate fare when you book your transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.


$165 (€150)

Trip Duration

85 mins

*Add $1 (€0.90) to the total fare for transfers between 20:00 and 06:00

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Houston (IAH)

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis at Houston airport can be found outside the five Arrival Terminals A-E. Airport personnel are available from 07:00 till midnight to assist passengers in finding a taxi at Houston airport. For assistance in finding a taxi from midnight till 07:00 you can either call +1 281-743-3970 or use the courtesy phones to dial 23-4198.


A taxi or private shuttle from IAH to Galveston is the most convenient method of travel as there is no direct public transport that serves this route.

Editor’s Note

A taxi or shuttle from IAH to Galveston is the only direct way of travelling to this destination. There are two options available for this shuttle transfer, you can either book a private car service or a shared shuttle bus.

Useful Tips

Due to the limited travel options to this destination we would advise to book this transfer well in advance, in order to guarantee your booking for your selected travel dates.
If your taxi or shuttle transfer from Houston airport to Galveston requires the use of toll roads or bridges, then the costs incurred will be added to the final cost of the journey.
Senior citizens with valid identification are eligible for a 10% discount on all taxi fares.
Adding 15% of your taxi fare as a tip for the driver is common practice in Houston.

How to get from Houston airport to Galveston by shuttle bus

There is no direct public transport (bus) service from Houston airport (IAH) to Galveston. There is however a shared bus service operated by Galveston Express that runs daily from 06:00 to 20:00. Travel time to Galveston using this shuttle bus is 2 hours.

How much is the shuttle bus fare from Houston Airport to Galveston

The shared shuttle bus service from IAH to Galveston costs $35 (€32) per person one way and $70 (€64) round trip. The expected travel time for this transfer is 2 hours.


$35 (€32)

Trip Duration

2 hours

The service runs 7 days a week with up to nine transfers per day (dependant on passenger demand)

The Galveston Express shuttle bus runs daily from 06:00 to 20:00

Where do I get the shuttle bus from?

When booking your transfer from Houston airport to Galveston, the dispatcher will inform you of the designated pickup point at the airport for this shuttle bus service.


This is a shared shuttle bus service that will take you directly to Galveston from Houston airport at an affordable rate. The shared shuttle bus service runs up to nine transfers a day, seven days a week.

Editor’s Note

There are no direct public transport options from Houston airport IAH to Galveston. The available public transport options require several connections and can take up to 3 hours travel time, we therefore recommend the shared bus shuttle service as an affordable alternative.

Useful Tips

Senior citizens (55+) and children (10 and under) are eligible for a $5 (€4.50) discount when buying a round trip ticket.
Sunday shuttle buses can only pick up and drop off passengers at the Port of Galveston from 09:00 to 14:00
All transfers with the shuttle bus service serving IAH to Galveston need to be booked in advance. Please contact the shuttle bus operator (Galveston Express) before you make your online booking to confirm that your Galveston location is available for transit.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Houston airport from Galveston?

The distance between Houston airport and Galveston is 70 miles (112 km). This destination is accessed from the airport either via taxi / private shuttle or a shared bus shuttle service.

How to get from Houston airport to Galveston?

The only direct transport options between Houston airport and Galveston is with either a taxi or a bus shuttle service. There is a public transport option but it is not direct and involves several connections and a hefty travel time (3 hours).

How much is a taxi from Houston airport to Galveston?

A taxi from Houston airport (IAH) to Galveston will cost approximately $165 (€150) with a taximeter. Fixed rate fares are available to popular destinations but need to be booked in advance.

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