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Galveston, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 41
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,723
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 700
Committable Meeting Rooms* 36
Convention Center Space 140,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 43,100 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 15,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $106
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $300
*Maximum for a single hotel

Galveston, TX Airport Information

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Approximate taxi fare: $188 USD

Located about 70 miles from Galveston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport provides non-stop service to approximately 110 domestic destinations and non-stop or direct service to 65 international destinations. The airport is Continental Airlines' largest hub, serving nearly 800 total daily departures among its airlines. Overall, the airport's five passenger terminals saw about 43 million passengers in 2007, making it the 8th busiest airport in the United States for total passengers. What's more, the airport is ranked number 3 in the United States for most scheduled non-stop destinations.

Dubbed a "city within a city," the sprawling airport offers a full suite of passenger amenities, including more than 50 food and beverage establishments, numerous retail shops, an automated people mover system, an underground inter-terminal train and wireless Internet access for a small fee. Bush Intercontinental recently completed a new $440 million Terminal E and Federal Inspection Services project, which resulted in 84 primary inspection booths that can process more than 4,500 passengers per hour. Meanwhile, an on-site Marriott Airport Hotel features 566 guest rooms, 39 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and complimentary underground train service to the airport.

The airport features more than 25,000 parking spaces in covered garage and economy lots, which operate free shuttle service to the terminals. Parking charges are $2 for up to one hour, $3 for one to two hours, $5 for two to three hours, $7 for three to five hours and $17 for five to 24 hours.

Airline carriers serving George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • AeroMexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta
  • Emirates Airline
  • Frontier Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • TACA
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

Approximate taxi fare: $109 USD

About 50 miles from Galveston is Houston's 2nd largest airport, William P. Hobby Airport. Offering non-stop service to more than 32 destinations throughout the United States, William P. Hobby Airport is one of Southwest Airlines' largest hubs and saw more than 8.8 million passengers in 2007. The airport's one terminal is stocked with such amenities as wireless Internet service, more than a dozen food and beverage establishments and a variety of retail shops.

Parking at the airport is available at 4,000 spots found in a four-level garage connected to the terminal, as well as an economy lot within walking distance from the terminal. Parking rates are $2 for up to one hour, $3 for one to two hours, $5 for two to three hours, $7 for three to five hours and $17 for five to 24 hours.

Airline carriers serving William P. Hobby Airport

  • AirTran Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines

Galveston, TX Public Transportation

Island Transit

Island Transit operates the public transportation system in Galveston. Fixed route buses operate in a service area of 27 square miles, while its restored trolley system, known as Galveston Island Trolley, covers six miles.

Island Transit's seven bus routes currently run daily from about 6 AM to 7:30 PM with extended hours on the Bayou Seawall Route. Fares are $0.50 for children and seniors and $1 for adults.

Rental Cars

Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty are all represented at George Bush Intercontinental Airport from a single central location at the Consolidated Car Rental Facility. The facility is located fewer than five minutes from the terminals and is accessible via the white and maroon airport rental car shuttles.

The William P. Hobby Airport's rental car counters are located in the baggage claim area on the lower level of the terminal. Hobby Airport is serviced by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.


Visitors to George Bush Intercontinental Airport can hail taxis through the ground transportation employees outside each terminal, while those at William P. Hobby Airport can find taxis on the lower level of the terminal outside baggage claim. Most taxi companies offer service to Galveston.

Reputable taxi cab companies within Galveston include Jeff's Cabs & Shuttle Service, Tropical Taxi and Yellow Cab Company.

Fares from George Bush Intercontinental to Galveston generally cost around $120. Fares from Hobby Airport to Galveston are about $75.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Houston, TX 51 mi 1 hr n/a N/A
San Antonio, TX 250 mi 4 hr 1 hr 3 min USD $217+
Dallas, TX 291 mi 4 hr 30 min 1 hr 5 min USD $224+
New Orleans, LA 368 mi 6 hr 5 min 1 hr 6 min USD $247+
Oklahoma City, OK 500 mi 7 hr 45 min 1 hr 29 min USD $295+
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