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mgkoop 01-25-2008 11:04 AM

We are looking at flying into Houston and them driving to Galveston for our cruise to save on airfare. Does anyone have any experience in doing this or would we be better off flying directly to Galveston? If we got a rental what is the driving time and is there a convenient place to drop off and then pick up a car to head back to Houston for the flight home. Any other ideas? Thanks, Gennine

TrvlPro 01-25-2008 11:16 AM

Hi Gennine,

There is no choice but to fly to Houston for a Galveston sailing. There is no airport in Galveston. There are however two Houston airports, IAH (Bush Intercontinental) and HOU (Houston Hobby). IAH is the main international airport and the only one the cruiseline air sources use. Continental Airlines is based there and will probably be the most attractive pricing from most airports into that one. IAH is approx 70 miles from the pier and if you're flying in on the day of the sailing (I'd come in the day before) the cruiselines offer transfers via motor coach both directions. If you're flting into Hobby they do not offer transportation even though it's closer to the pier (about 54 miles). Some of the discount airlines fly into Hobby, like Southwest and Jet Blue. You can rent a car at the airport or online and drop it off near the pier and the rental company will provide a complimentary shuttle from their drop location to the pier. The other option is an outside transfer company. The one I have recommended to many clients without any issues is They provide transportation from either airport and are normally a little lower cost than the cruiseline transportation. Hope this helps.

Cheers, Neil

mgkoop 01-25-2008 11:43 AM

Thanks for the information Neil. I have learned so much from this forum over the past couple of years. Thank-you everyone. Gennine

Jim C. 01-25-2008 01:40 PM


Another option to consider if you are looking to save airfare... and this completely depends on where you live and which airline you choose to fly on... but my sister found it much less expensive to fly into Dallas (DFW airport) and drive to Galveston (one way car rental and about a 5 hour trip) then to fly into Houston.

BUT like I said, it is highly dependant on your air travel costs to Houston and which airlines service your nearby airport versus Houston. IF you are already looking at renting a car to get to Galveston from the Houtson airport, factor the cost of the rental in Dallas into the trip travel cost total as well.... Just a thought.

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