As one of the biggest departure ports in the United States, the Port of Galveston also offers the cheapest cruise parking around. While parking around most US ports will run you $15 per day and up, even the official port lots are cheaper than that.
In fact, the most expensive lot that we’ve found in Galveston costs about that much. Many others offer an average of $10 per day, some even less than that.
Parking lots and garages in Galveston will compete for your business, offering the cheapest prices and the best availability. It’s good to do your research and decide which parking option will be best for you and your car.
Even the official parking lots at the port have cheaper rates than you’ll find at most departure ports, making the Port of Galveston the top choice for cruises.
Below we’ve put together all the information you’ll need to choose where you wish to park for the duration of your cruise so you can make the best choice for your trip. Keep in mind that for nearly all lots it’s best to book your parking online before your trip. Most lots will offer a pre-pay discount (easily getting you up to $5 off), and you’ll be guaranteed a spot.
For those who plan to stay in a hotel the night before and/or after your cruise, we’ve also included a few hotels in the area that include parking in their cruise packages.
Cruise Parking near Port Galveston
Cruise Park Galveston
Cruise Park is a locally owned and operated small business in Galveston. It’s conveniently located on Harborside Drive directly across from the Port of Galveston cruise terminal 2.
One of the cheapest “park and walk” lots available, cruise travelers can easily park here and walk to the ship’s terminal, a trip that only takes about 5-7 minutes at an average walking pace. There is no shuttle provided.
The only downside to this lot is that it is only available for those taking 7-day (Sunday through Sunday) cruises. If your cruise is shorter or longer than 7 days, you’ll need to find another parking option.
- Price: $59 (7 nights only)
- Distance from port: 0.3 miles
- Website: https://www.cruisepark.com/
- Phone number: 409-354-8787
Galv Park is a private parking company with various cruise parking locations. Each location has its own prices, and some even offer monthly parking options. All parking is first come first serve and you pay at the pay stations located in the center of the parking lot.
For the locations that offer monthly parking, if you 3-month parking you need to email Galv Park at email@example.com to setup the contract.
For more information about Galv Park and their locations, visit their website (www.galvpark.com), or call them at 409-356-9198.
None of the Galv Park locations listed below provide shuttle service, but many of them are within easy walking distance from the cruise terminals.
Holiday & Seawall
Located on Seawall Blvd and Holiday Drive, this parking lot is one of the cheapest available. The only downside is that it doesn’t offer shuttle service. Being about 2 miles from the port that can be an issue.
- Price: $5 per day (total cost $20-$35 depending on cruise duration)
- Distance from port: 2 miles
24th & Postoffice St
This parking lot is located near downtown Galveston and is a short walk to all the island’s attractions, shops, hotels, and restaurants.
- Price: $8-$10 per day, $75 per month
- Distance from port: 0.3 miles
If visiting shops and restaurants on the Strand is on your bucket list, this is the perfect place to park your car before your ship leaves. Park and pay, then do as much sight-seeing, shopping, and dining as you need before your ship leaves.
- Price: $10 per day, $75 per month
- Distance from port: 0.1 mile
20th & Harborside
The best thing about this lot, besides the price and location, is that it’s one of the few lots in the area that offers charging spots (5 spaces) for electric vehicles.
- Price: $10 per day
- Distance from port: 0.4 miles
DCP Cruise Parking
Discount Cruise Parking (DCP) is a great choice for a full-service parking lot. Free shuttle service for you and your luggage to and from the cruise terminal, 24/7 security, and an on-site gas station and convenience store. This parking lot has everything you’ll need to easily and safely park your car during your cruise.
Their prices start as low as $9 per day, provided you book online. Prices also depend on the type of the cruise and the time of year you’ll be cruising.
- Price: $50-$60 for 7 days (prices vary)
- Distance from port: 4.5 miles
- Website: https://www.discountcruiseparking.net/
- Phone number: 877-215-7449
Falstaff Cruise Parking
Just like DCP, Falstaff’s prices vary depending on the cruise and time of year, but generally costs anywhere between $8 and $9 per day. Falstaff offers free shuttle service to and from the cruise terminals. Their shuttle even has handicap accommodations.
This lot also offers parking for oversized vehicles like RVs or buses. Just be sure to book for an oversized vehicle to avoid any additional charges upon arrival.
Falstaff provides 24 security and is one of the few full enclosed lots available for cruise passengers.
- Price: $65 for 7 days (price varies)
- Distance from port: 1 mile
- Website: https://falstaffcruiseparking.com/
- Phone number: 877-365-7275
81st Dolphin Parking
Located nowhere near 81st street, Dolphin parking can be found just a few blocks from the cruise port. They provide a fenced-in lot, night security, shuttle service to the port, and space for oversized vehicles.
- Price: $55-$70 (for 4 to 7 nights)
- Distance from port: 0.5 miles
- Website: https://www.81stdolphinparking.net/
- Phone number: 409-256-6877
Lighthouse Parking can be found right next to one of the “official” lots, but for a much cheaper price. You have the option of parking in the covered lot ($80 for 7 nights), or the uncovered lot ($70 for 7 nights).
They’ll also shuttle you to and from the cruise port, and provide video surveillance and on-site security, so you know that your care is safe.
Lighthouse accepts competitor coupons of up to $10 off covered parking for the same ship on the same day.
Use coupon code SAVE10 when you book to get a 10% discount on your parking cost.
- Price: $55-$70 (uncovered), $65-$80 (covered)
- Distance from port: 0.4 miles
- Website: https://www.lighthouseparking.org/
- Phone number: 409-454-4849
Galveston Park N Cruise
Family owned and operated, Park N Cruise offers both outdoor and indoor parking, both fully secured. This lot is also the closest parking to the cruise terminal making it super easy to park and cruise. Just park your car and it only takes a few minutes to walk to the terminal.
They do offer drive-up parking, but it’s best to book in advance to make sure you save your spot.
- Price: $50-$75 (outdoor), $60-$90 (indoor)
- Distance from port: 0.1 miles
- Website: http://www.galvestonparkncruise.com/
- Phone number: 866-479-7275
EZ Cruise Parking
Located about as close as you can get to the cruise terminal, EZ Cruise Parking provides uncovered and covered parking, including six charging stations for electric vehicles at no additional cost. They also offer discount pricing if you decide to forego the shuttle on your reservation, which can easily save you about $10-$15 on your total cost.
Additionally, EZ Cruise Parking recently launched a Customer Loyalty Program for frequent passengers. Sign-up is free, and for every dollar you spend you earn one Loyalty Point. 10 Loyalty points gets you $1 off a later reservation. If you save at least 400 points, you can get a $40 discount.
- Price: $80 (7 days; prices vary depending on cruise and duration), $65 (7 days—no shuttle)
- Distance from port: 0.2 miles
- Website: https://www.ezcruiseparking.com
- Phone number: 409-939-0648
Port of Galveston Cruise Parking Lots
If you’d rather part right at the port, the prices available there aren’t very expensive. The Port of Galveston Cruise Parking also offers ADA Handicap Accessible parking, a secured garage within walking distance to the terminal, 24/7 security, and shuttles to and from the cruise terminals.
Multi-leveled garage parking is available for most 7-day cruises and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.
This lot offers pre-paid discounts for their uncovered lots, so if you don’t want to park in the garage, booking in advance is the cheapest way to go. The Port also provides a complimentary parking space to Disabled American Veterans and Purple Heart recipients.
- Price: $80 for 7 days (prepaid cost)
- Distance from port: 0.1 miles
- Website: http://www.portofgalveston.com
- Phone number: 409-765-9321
Located just blocks from the Port of Galveston cruise terminal, Port Parking offers similar fees as many other lots in the area. One difference is they were the first to offer charging spots for electric vehicles. Just make sure to book your spot in advance, and you have your choice of a Tesla EV Charger or a generic Clipper.
Port Parking offers shuttle service for both indoor and outdoor parking.
- Price: $75 (7 days, outdoor), $90 (7 days, indoor)
- Distance from port: 1 mile
- Website: https://www.portparking.com/
- Phone number: 855-435-7678
Galveston VIP Cruise Parking
Galveston VIP Cruise Parking offers secure indoor parking only and is located just across the street from both cruise terminals. The photo on their website says it all—there’s absolutely no reason to catch a shuttle when you park here.
You can park and then walk to the terminals. Or, if you prefer, drop everyone and your luggage off first. While you park, the ship’s porters will help your group get where they need to go.
Being this close to the cruise ship comes with a higher price point, so only park here if you’re willing to spend the extra bucks.
Unfortunately, Galveston VIP Cruise Parking does not have the space to accommodate RVs or other oversized vehicles.
- Price: $110 (7 days)
- Distance from port: 0 miles—right across the street
- Website: http://www.galvestonvipcruiseparking.com/
- Phone number: 409-765-7300
Hotels That Offer Free Parking
For those of you who plan on arriving the night before your ship leaves, rather than the day of, you might be interested in finding lodging for that pre-cruise night. If that’s the case, you’ll want to find a hotel that not only has a cruise package but offers free parking for the duration of your cruise so you can avoid any additional parking costs.
We’ve compiled a short list below for you of hotels near the Port of Galveston that meet that criteria.
Inn at the Waterpark
Located about 5 miles from the port, this hotel will give you free parking and a shuttle to the cruise port for just $10 more than the usual room rate. Book ahead of time to secure this deal. You make a booking here.
Scottish Inn Galveston
All you must do is stay one night here and you’ll get free parking, and shuttle service on the weekend only. If your ship leaves during the week, you’ll need to arrange for alternate transportation or choose a different hotel. Find out more details.
Beachfront Palms Hotel
This hotel sits right by the Seawall. They’ll provide you with free parking during your cruise and can arrange for transportation to the cruise port through a third-party service. This service costs around $8 per person. Take a look right here.
Gaido’s Seaside Inn
Book your pre-cruise stay through the hotel’s website and you’ll get both parking and a shuttle to the port for no additional cost. Here’s the official site.
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
If you purchase the Hilton’s “Park & Go” package through their website, you’ll get free parking for up to 7 nights and a shuttle to and from the cruise port. All the details can be found here.
Port of Galveston Information
Since Galveston started hosting cruises out of their port, the island has grown into one of the biggest tourist towns in Texas. Even with its small size, the Port of Galveston has serviced over 2 million cruise passengers and supplied people with almost 14,000 jobs.
The Port of Galveston has two terminals available, making it easy to accommodate any cruise coming in or out of its port. Both terminals are located on Harborside Drive within a block or two of each other. The terminal you use depends on which cruise you’ll be taking.
For the purposes of using GPS or map programs, the port suggests using 22nd Street and Harborside Drive to find the terminals. Likewise, use 33rd Street and Harborside Drive for Parking Lots A and B (if you have chosen to park in the official lots).
The port has plans to build a new terminal on Pier 10, and a new parking lot is also being planned as well. This will enable the port to handle some of the larger ships from Royal Caribbean.
Luggage and Passenger Drop-Off
Whether or not you plan on parking at one of the ports official lots, or you’ve chosen alternative parking, the port recommends driving directly to the terminal first to drop off your luggage and other passengers. Porters will help with the luggage, while Port Police will help direct you to the appropriate parking lots.
Several of the alternative parking lots offer free shuttle service for everyone in your group and all your luggage, so if you’d rather park first you can do that, as well.
Upon returning you have the option to get your luggage first or pick up your car and then drive to the loading area to retrieve your luggage.
Available Cruise Lines
The Port of Galveston services cruises from three different cruise lines: Carnival, Royal Caribbean International, and Disney Cruise Line. We won’t talk about their varying schedules as that can get complicated and confusing.
What we will discuss, however, is what each cruise line has to offer guests and how they compare in pricing and other factors. If you have yet to decide on what cruise you’ll be taking out of Galveston, this should help you with that decision.
Carnival vs Royal Caribbean International
Carnival and Royal Caribbean are the two most major players in the cruise industry and are usually the first places most people go to when looking to book a cruise to the Bahamas or the Caribbean.
If you’re on a budget and concerned about cost, Carnival is going to be much easier on your wallet. Carnival has been shown to have cheaper costs, no matter which ship you take or how long the cruise is for. The average cost per night for Carnival, for instance, is around $90. The average per-night cost for Royal Caribbean is $117.
Both lines offer 3 different ships that leave out of Galveston, ranging from older ships smaller ships to newer and larger ships. After comparing the relative sizes, it’s clear that Royal ships have the advantage of bigger ships. This could be part of why cruises with Royal cost a bit more, but it’s hard to say for sure.
Activities, Entertainment, and Overall Feel Onboard
Both cruise lines have plenty to offer their guests in onboard activities and entertainment. While Royal seems to be the most innovative of the two (huge water slides, bumper cars, ice skating, etc.), you can get round-the-clock entertainment on any ship by Carnival or Royal.
That said, the reported “feel” guests get on board differs between the two. While it may be anecdotal, guests have reported that Carnival offers a more “laid-back” atmosphere, while Royal Caribbean seems to have a more elegant and luxury flair.
But whichever atmosphere you’re looking for, you’re destined to have tons of fun and opportunities to relax no matter which cruise line you decide to go with.
One way in which these two lines differ is in how they process guest check-ins. Depending on what sort of person you are, this can be a deciding factor for you.
Royal Caribbean allows guests to check-in at any time. From when the ship first opens till it’s about to leave port. This is great for people who like to get in early, or for those running a bit behind.
The downside to this is that it can lead to long lines of people waiting to check-in and board the ship.
Carnival, however, has moved to a staggered check-in. Guests are given a specific time to check-in, usually a 30-minute window. If you arrive before your scheduled window you’ll be turned away. This eliminates the long lines and offers a more efficient way of boarding the ship.
As of right now, the Port of Galveston only has one ship from the Disney cruise line, and it doesn’t start until November. If you’re looking to take a cruise during the summer, you’ll want to go with either Carnival or Royal Caribbean.
But if Disney is what you want and you’re willing to wait, it has a lot to offer guests, especially families who are huge Disney fans.
A Disney cruise takes guests to various locations in the Bahamas, including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. It also has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment, including Broadway-level plays and 3D Disney movies, and kids of all ages get to meet and play with their favorite Disney characters.
However, because it’s Disney, you’ll find that a Disney cruise is far more expensive, even compared to Royal Caribbean’s prices. If you’re on a cruise budget and don’t have a lot to splurge, Carnival will still be your best option.
The demand for inexpensive cruise parking is high in Galveston, TX. Local business owners have risen to the challenge to offer secure, affordable parking. Many even provide free transportation to and from the cruise ports, while others are located so close that walking is just as painless.
Many lots are similar in pricing and amenities, while a few offer lower or higher prices. That said, the most you’ll pay for a 7-day cruise is $110 ($15 per day), which is still a good deal compared to parking around other US ports.
Haven’t chosen which cruise you even want to take yet? We thought of that as well. Decide where it is you want to go on your cruise and how long you want your trip to last. You’ll also find information on how to find the port and the terminals, and what to do when you arrive for your cruise.
If you wish to spend a little extra time in Galveston, either before or after your cruise, consider booking a hotel that offers cruise parking and transportation to help minimize trip costs.