If you want to see supply and demand in action, look no further than cruise parking in Galveston.
While the port offers officially sanctioned parking, there are close to a dozen other independent options that all compete for your parking dollars. The result? Galveston has the cheapest parking of any cruise port in America. Most lots charge $10 (or less per day).
With all of the options, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which lot you should park at. Most lots are similar and located about the same distance from the port. The major differences between most lots is whether or not they offer indoor parking and if they have any special deals.
For all lots it’s a good idea to reserve and pay online ahead of time. Not only does this guarantee you a parking spot, but online reservations usually have a $5 discount off the “drive-up” price.
Here are all your options:
|5-day price||7-day price||Website|
|Official Port Parking||$45||$65||http://www.portgalvestonparking.com/|
|EZ Cruise Parking||$50||$70||http://ezcruiseparking.com/|
|Cruise Park Galveston||N/A||$49||https://www.cruisepark.com/|
|Discount Cruise Parking||$50 (Varies)||$50 (Varies)||http://www.discountcruiseparking.net/|
|81st Dolphin Parking||$40||$55||http://www.81stdolphinparking.net|
|Galveston Park N Cruise||$46||$65||http://www.galvestonparkncruise.com/|
|Galveston VIP Indoor Parking||$70||$99||http://www.galvestonvipcruiseparking.com/|
Note that there are quite a few caveats with the table listed above. First, the rates listed reflect any discounts available for booking online ahead of time. Second, all rates are listed for the cheapest available parking, which is outdoor expect for Galveston VIP Indoor Parking, which offers only indoor parking.
Here’s a list of parking lots that offer indoor parking. Note that rates are typically $20-40 higher than uncovered parking, depending on the length of your cruise.
Galveston Lots with Indoor Parking
Official Port Parking
Galveston Park N Cruise
VIP Indoor Cruise Parking
Map of Galveston Parking Lots
As you can see, most lots are right near the port. The lone exception is Discount Cruise Parking. However, it offers a shuttle right to the port.
How to Save Money on Galveston Parking (Coupons and Discounts)
Want to save money on your parking? While Galveston offers the lowest rates in the country, you can save even more on your trip.
It’s our understanding that independent parking lots are charged fees each time their shuttle enters the port area to drop off passengers. That means if you don’t take the shuttle, you save the parking lot money. Some lots have decided to pass these savings on in the form of lower prices.
If you can walk a block or two then a couple of lots will cut you a deal. Specifically, 81st Dolphin Parking offers a rate of $35 for a 5-day trip and $45 for a 7-day trip if you walk from the parking lot to the cruise ship (approximately 5 minutes). EZ Cruise Parking offers similar rates for those who choose their “Park and Walk” package.
As well, it’s a good idea to sign up for a parking lot’s email list for coupons. They tend to send out significant deals to their list members that can save you $10-20 on parking.