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Galveston does have an airport - the Scholes International Airport - so, if you have your own aircraft this is a great place to fly into for a quick getaway or even for business. At GLS there is never a charge for aircraft or vehicle parking.
If you are planning to fly on a commercial airline for your visit, you will need to fly into either Houston Hobby ( HOU) airport or the Bush ( IAH) airport. Hobby airport caters to smaller airlines like Southwest and AirTran, while IAH is a major international airport serving all airlines.
Once you arrive, you will either need to have transportation reserved or you will need to rent a car. This website offers a few options for reserving ground transportation to Galveston:
If you decide to rent a car and drive to Galveston, brace yourself for at least an hour drive – that is not including traffic. During peak travel hours/tourist season the traffic getting into Galveston is bumper to bumper. The website below has directions from both airports, as well as information on rental car companies, taxis and Galveston’s public transportation: