Guide to Galveston Cruise Parking: Prices, Profiles, Maps & More

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. Many lots charge $10 (or less) per day. (Many hotels also offer free or discounted parking if you stay with them a single night before your cruise.)

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. We also have a listing of coupons (up to $15 off!) here.

Here are all your options:

Galveston parking options with prices

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, except for Galveston VIP Indoor Parking, which offers only indoor 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.

Cruise Park Galveston — If you’re looking for the best combination of location and price, then Cruise Park Galveston is the answer. This small lot is one of the closest to the port, but it is also the cheapest — just $49 rate for a 7-night cruise. The lot is lighted and fenced. It is also easy to find (you can’t miss the big “Cruise Park” sign on Harborside Drive).

This lot won’t work for many passengers, however. It only offers parking for Sunday to Sunday 7-day cruises. If your cruise isn’t within this schedule, then you’ll have to find another lot. There is also no shuttle to the port.

Cost: $49 for a 7-day trip
Distance: 3 blocks (no shuttle provided)
Phone: 409-354-8787

DCP Cruise Parking — Among the cheapest places to park, DCP Cruise Parking charges as little as $6 to $7 per day if prepaid, but rates vary depending on the cruise and time of year. The lot is fenced and gated, however it is some distance from the terminal. The company does offer shuttle service for you and your luggage. Due to the lower prepaid rate and relatively small lot, we suggest booking in advance.

Cost: Around $45 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid; prices vary)
Distance: More than 30 blocks (shuttle provided)
Phone: 409-599-4016

81st Dolphin Parking — Don’t let the name fool you… 81st Dolphin Parking is actually much closer to the port than the name leads you to believe (and nowhere near 81st Street). You’ll find it at the corner of 28th Street and Avenue D — about 6-7 blocks from the cruise terminal. The lot is fenced and features night security as well. And don’t worry about walking. Dolphin Parking offers a shuttle to the port. There is also space for oversize vehicles.

Cost: $70 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid)
Distance: 6-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided)
Phone: 409-256-6877

Lighthouse Parking — Lighthouse Parking is located right next to the Port of Galveston’s “official” lots, yet offers a rate that’s less than the official port lots. Lighthouse offers covered parking for $80 (7-day trip) or uncovered parking for $70. Reservations are suggested as this lot usually sells out. Your rate includes a shuttle to and from the port, located 5-7 blocks away. Also, if you are worried about storms while you are away, know that Lighthouse Parking offers an elevated lot. Oversize vehicles are also welcomed.

Cost: $70 for a 7-day trip (uncovered; if prepaid)
Distance: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided)
Phone: 409-454-4849

Galveston Park N Cruise — It doesn’t get any closer to the port than with this parking lot. It is the closet lot to the port, located just across Harborside Drive. The entire lot is fenced and lit. Most parking is outdoors, but there is also indoor parking for an additional fee. Because the lot if relatively tight, no RVs or oversize vehicles can park here. Given the proximity to the port, the $67 prepaid fee for a 7-day cruise is one of the best deals in town.

Cost: $67 for a 7-day trip (outdoor; if prepaid)
Distance: Less than 1 block
Phone: 866-479-7275

EZ Cruise Parking — EZ Cruise Parking offers elevated lots with high fencing and lighting to keep your car safe. While it doesn’t offer covered parking, the company does rent car covers if you are worried about the sun or salt air. Oversize vehicles aren’t allowed. While the lot is within walking distance of the cruise terminal, it does offer shuttle service. There is a discount for walking to the port instead of taking the shuttle. Reservations are recommended as the lot often sells out.

Cost: $80 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid; $65 if not taking shuttle)
Distance: 3-4 blocks from the port (shuttle provided)
Phone: 409-939-0648

Port of Galveston Cruise Parking Lots — The port offers “official” parking, and guarantees a space for all cruise passengers. The lots themselves are located on either side of Harborside Drive, between 29th Street and 33rd Street. The lots are fenced and lit. Parking for oversize vehicles is available for an extra charge.

Cost: $80 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid)
Distance: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided)

Port Parking — Situated close to the official Port of Galveston parking, this facility offers both indoor and outdoor parking in its 24-hour secured lots. Rates are in line with other lots close to the port. A 7-day cruise will cost you $90 if you choose the indoor option and $75 outside the building. A free shuttle to the port is provided back and forth from your car.

Cost: $75 for a 7-day trip (outdoor; if prepaid)
Distance: 8 blocks from the port (shuttle provided)
Phone: 855-435-7678

Galveston VIP Cruise Parking — This lot boasts the absolute closest location to the cruise terminal — literally just across the street. No need to catch a shuttle. You can simply walk to the cruise port. (Check out the picture on their website for proof!)

All spots are indoor parking. Keep in mind that because of the building, they can’t offer parking for oversize vehicles. Given the prime location and small size of the lot, it’s a good idea to reserve your spot ahead of time as it will fill up. Also, prepaid parking rates save you $5 off the drive-up price.

Cost: $99 for a 7-day trip (prepaid; indoor parking)
Distance: Less than 1 block
Phone: 409-765-7300

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 Park & Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port, including those with park and cruise packages.


    • Purple Heart recipients can park for free at the official Galveston port lots. According to their website:

      “To qualify for complimentary parking space you will need the following: State vehicle registration receipt with Disabled Veteran or Purple Heart Recipient designation along with driver’s license or state-issued ID to match vehicle registration information.”

      “In addition, the Disabled American Veteran or Purple Heart Recipient MUST be present at time of check in along with the vehicle that has the DV/PH license plate.”

      You don’t have to reserve ahead of time. Just show up and let the attendant know. They will direct you on how to park for free.


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