20+ Easy Galveston Park & Cruise Hotels (Free/Discounted Parking)

One of the best things about cruising from Galveston? A lot of competition for parking means it has the lowest parking rates of any major cruise port in the country. If you’re sailing on a week-long cruise, then you can find parking deals for as little as $70— or about $10 per day.

Four Points hotel with cruise parking in Galveston
Below, we offer a full list of Galveston hotels with cruise parking.

Compare that to ports like Miami where you can pay upwards of $20 per day to park your car.

Still, one of the secrets about saving on a cruise is that you can save on your parking if you choose a Galveston hotel that offers free parking or a cruise parking package. And even though parking in Galveston is relatively affordable, that’s not a good reason to take advantage of this perk if it’s offered.

Here’s how it works. Galveston Island is a tourist mecca in Texas. That means there are tons of hotels, all competing for business. To attract cruise passengers looking for a place to stay the night before their trip, many hotels will let you park your car for free in exchange for staying one night.

If you didn’t plan to stay in a hotel before your cruise, then it might not make sense to book one just for the parking deal. But if you wanted to stay on the island and you are driving, then you can save a decent chunk of money.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of hotels in Galveston offering parking. We’ve also linked to a search on Kayak.com so that you can read reviews from real travelers like you and see pricing. For parking packages you may have to book through the hotel website.

It’s recommended you call the specific hotel you’re interested in to confirm the details of your parking, as they can change.

Note: This article contains affiliate links to Kayak. We earn a commission for clicks made on their website, at no charge to you. Review ratings come from either Google or TripAdvisor and are rounded to the nearest half point.

Galveston Hotels with Cruise Parking

Galveston cruise terminal parking sign
A number of hotels on the island offer free or discounted cruise parking in exchange for a night’s stay.

Comfort Suites Galveston
Address: 3606 89th Street | Phone: 409-741-9977
Staying here is a bit down island from the main part of Galveston but still close to attractions like Schlitterbahn and Moody Gardens. It’s a good idea if you come during a busy part of the year but still want some peace and quiet versus closer in parts of the island. The hotel offers complimentary parking and a $20 roundtrip shuttle to the cruise port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Baymont by Wyndham
Address: 2826 63rd Street | Phone: 409-744-3000
An affordable hotel sitting near the Seawall, you’ll be near a number of grocery stores and just a short drive from restaurants. The Baymont has free parking for cruise passengers. You will need to arrange your own ride to the cruise port as no shuttle is provided.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Inn at the Waterpark
Address: 2525 Jones Drive | Phone: 409-740-1155
Wondering about the name of this hotel? It’s right near the Schlitterbahn Galveston, the island version of the famous Texas waterpark. If you have kids and are headed to cruise in the summer, they might beg you to stay here and tack on a day at Schlitterbahn (there’s also a free putt-putt course on the property). We called and the hotel offers free parking for cruise guests while they sail in exchange for one night’s stay.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 5.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Beachcomber Inn
Address: 2825 61st Street | Phone: 409-744-7133
Another affordable option in the cluster of hotels near 61st Street and Seawall, you might not stay here if you’re planning a beach vacation, but for a cheap stay with free parking before you cruise, it’s suitable. The Beachcomber Inn offers free parking while you cruise, but no shuttle to the port. Many hotel guests simply catch a cab to the ship on cruise day.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

The Villa Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1723 25th Street | Phone: 409-766-1722
Looking for a bed and breakfast instead of a traditional hotel? This cute spot is one of the highest rated places to stay on the entire island and offers free parking if you stay there the night before your trip. There is no shuttle to the port, but it’s only about a mile down the road.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1 mile
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

La Quinta Inn & Suites Galveston
2901 63rd Street | Phone: 409-497-2950
One of the newest hotels on the island, the La Quinta is a great option for those who want a clean and comfy stay. The location is in a pocket of hotels near the gulf and is also convenient to a Walmart for any last-minute items you might need. Parking is free, but no shuttle is offered to the port. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Gaido’s Seaside Inn
Address: 3700 Seawall Blvd | Phone: 409-761-5504
Many people have heard of the famous Gaido’s restaurant, but there is also a hotel for guests. Stay here and you’re staying at a classic Galveston haunt. If you book directly through the hotel website, then you can park for free during your cruise. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 2.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Avenue O Bed & Breakfast
Address: 2323 Avenue O | Phone: 409-789-3070
Want something a little different than a typical hotel? This highly rated B&B is in a restored 1924 historical home on the island. They offer free cruise parking (up to 7 days), breakfast, and a transfer to the cruise terminal to guests staying at least one night and book directly through the hotel

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1 mile
  • Review Rating: 5 out of 5

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston On the Beach
Address: 5002 Seawall Boulevard | Phone: 409-740-5300
If you want to stay in one of the prime locations on the island — and right next to the beach — then check out this hotel. They now offer a “Park, Stay and Go” package that includes parking, shuttle to/from the cruise port, and breakfast for two, making it convenient for travelers on cruise day. 

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Address: 5400 Seawall Boulevard | Phone: 409-744-5000
Hilton allows guests to pay $40 for up to a week’s cruise parking, and it also includes a shuttle to the port. It’s perfect for those looking to stay on the Seawall at a higher-end property. The hotel is also right next to the Galveston Convention Center and shares a parking lot with Landry’s and Rainforest Café.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hotel Galvez
Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd | Phone: 409-765-7721
When it comes to history, Galveston has a lot of it. The Hotel Galvez is without a doubt the most historic hotel. It was built in 1911 and has seen celebrity guests the likes of Franklin Roosevelt and Frank Sinatra. Today it’s arguably the grandest hotel on the island. Guests at the hotel can park during their cruise for $60 for the duration. Just let the staff know at check-in you’d like to park.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Tremont House
Address: 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row | Phone: 409-763-0300
A sister property to Hotel Galvez that offers a similar level of grandeur, the Tremont House also offers a “Stay – Park – Sail” cruise parking package. This includes parking for up to seven days and transport to the cruise terminal.  One thing to note in our search was that the package rate was considerably higher than the regular room rate, so you’ll want to be sure you’ll save over parking at the port during your dates.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The San Luis Resort
Address: 5222 Seawall Blvd | Phone: 409-744-1500
The San Luis Resort is one of the few true resorts on Galveston Island. Featuring a huge pool, green space, a restaurants, and stunning views of the Gulf, it’s also among the highest-rated places to stay. When called we were told that cruise parking is $50 for the duration of your trip.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 4 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

TownePlace Suites Galveston Island
Address: 9540 Seawall Boulevard | Phone: 409-497-2840
One of the newer hotels on the island, TownePlace Suites is in a spot just outside of the main city in Galveston. The result is a spot right on the beach without the traffic and busyness of the city. For an $80 fee, you can get up to a week’s parking at the hotel while you sail. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 7.0 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Courtyard Galveston Island
Address: 9550 Seawall Boulevard | Phone: 409-497-2850
A sister property of the TownePlace Suites (they actually share a parking lot), you can expect a similar experience. We like the location near everything Galveston has to offer without having to fight with as much traffic right at the hotel. The hotel offers a $80 parking deal that you can arrange at check-in. It doesn’t offer a ride to the cruise ships. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 7.0 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Red Roof PLUS+ Galveston – Beachfront
Address: 3924 Avenue U | Phone: 409-750-9400
Looking for an unfussy hotel that’s affordable, clean, and offers parking? This spot is just a half-block off the Seawall, so you’re close to everything without as much traffic and noise. A call to the hotel told us they offer free cruise parking to guests who stay the night before. you will need to find your own transportation back and forth from the cruise port. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 3.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Four Points by Sheraton
Address: 2300 Seawall Blvd | Phone: 409-750-9192
Four Points is just about five minutes (1.5 miles) from the cruise terminal and offers free cruise parking for up to seven days. They also offer a shuttle for $10 per person, each way. The location is tough to beat, right on the Seawall and within walking distance of the Galveston Pleasure Pier (a theme park over the water) and across from Murdochs, a famous souvenir store.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Howard Johnson Express Inn
Address: 8216 Harborside Drive | Phone: 409-744-1100
Howard Johnson has two good things about its location. First, it is right off the freeway as you enter the island. As soon as you hit Galveston, you are there. Second, being on Harborside Drive, it’s a straight shot right to the cruise terminals. The HoJo offers free parking for cruise guests, but no shuttle. You will need to arrange your own transportation to get to the ship.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3 out of 5

Scottish Inn Galveston
Address: 928 Ferry Road | Phone: 409-762-3311
This hotel sits right near the ferry that can take you between Galveston and Port Bolivar. From there it’s an easy ride to the cruise port. Staying one night means you can park for free while you cruise. 

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 2.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Super 8 Galveston
Address: 2825 1/2 B 61st | Phone: 409-740-6640
No one would confuse the Super 8 with the Four Seasons, but that’s ok. Sometimes you simply want an affordable stay. The location is with a cluster of other hotels near 61st Street and Seawall, meaning that you are near the beach and a fishing pier. Offers free parking for up to a 7-day cruise, but no shuttle to the ports. You will need to arrange your own transportation.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Beachfront Palms
Address: 5914 Seawall Blvd | Phone: 409-740-1261
Beachfront Palms sits right across the Seawall from the beach, and just down from the convention center and restaurants. It also offers free parking right at the Seawall during your cruise. In addition, the hotel offers a $20 round trip shuttle between the hotel and cruise port to get you to the ship.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3 out of 5

Rodeway Inn
Address: 6107 Broadway Street | Phone: 409-740-2491
The Rodeway Inn is affordable if you need a place to stay before your cruise. It also offers free parking if you are headed on a ship, however you will need to get a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to the port on cruise day. This hotel is extremely convenient for those driving into Galveston as it’s located right as you enter the island, but just note it is some distance to the beach area.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Port: 3.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Country Inn & Suites Galveston
Address: 2818 Avenue R 1/2 | Phone: 409-763-5000
This spot is located right at the Seawall and within walking distance of the Pleasure Pier in Galveston. Getting to the cruise port is almost a straight shot across the island. When we called, the hotel told us they offered a $50 package that included parking and round-trip transportation between the hotel and cruise port. You just let them know at check-in that you’d like to park. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 2.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3 out of 5

We’ve also included the map below to show you where each of these hotels is in relation to the port.

(Looking for Galveston hotels with shuttles to the cruise port? Read our article here.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get back to my car after the cruise?
Unfortunately, many of the hotels with cruise parking don’t offer transportation to the cruise port. That means you are on your own getting from the hotel to the ship. The good news is that none of them are terribly far from the port; at most it’s about 5 miles. We’d suggest taking an Uber or a Lyft to the port. When you return from your cruise, you can get another ride back to your car. It should only run about $10 each way.

Which hotel should I stay for my cruise?
Obviously the hotel you select depends on what sort of accommodations you want. Those simply coming in for a quick stay may be just fine with cheaper hotels that still offer comfortable service. Those looking to enjoy Galveston for a couple of days may like some of the higher-end hotels. If you can afford it, you can’t go wrong with the historic Hotel Galvez. Those looking to spend a little less would do well with something like Baymont by Wyndham, which gets high reviews and won’t break the bank.

What options are there for regular parking for a Galveston cruise?
Galveston actually offers some of the cheapest cruise parking of any port in America. For example, places like Miami charge more than $20 per day. Galveston’s official lots charge around $13… and there are some parking lots that are even cheaper. See our article for all your options for Galveston cruise parking.

More on Cruising From Galveston

Getting to the Port of Galveston — Transportation options from airports and the Galveston area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Galveston Cruise Parking —  Driving to the port? Not sure where to park? We prices and profiles of all the lots near the cruise terminal.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Having cruised out of galveston for over thirty years. Our departures from galveston on “the Star of Texas” in the mid to late 1980’s proves beyond a doubt that Galveston and Houston have had cruise departures since the early 1980’s. Minimally. The Stella Solaris departed from Galveston in the seventies.

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