Galveston Cruise Parking (Where to Park): Prices, Profiles, & Map

When it comes to Galveston cruise parking, you have lots of options on where to park while you take your trip.

Cruise Park 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 about $12-15 per day for outdoor parking. (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 where you should park. Truth is, 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 covered/indoor parking and of course, the price you’ll pay.

Below we have all your Galveston cruise parking options. Profiles of each lot are included, as well as recent pricing.

Chart of Galveston cruise parking lots with prices

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 discount off the “drive-up” price. We also have a listing of coupons (up to $15 off!) here.

As well, since the Port of Galveston charges outside parking lots an access fee to drop off at the cruise ships, there are often discounts if you park and walk instead of using the shuttle. Keep in mind that rates can change.

Galveston Cruise Parking Lot Details

Parking lot for Galveston cruise ship

Port of Galveston Cruise Parking Lots (Official Port Lots)
No matter which cruise terminal you sail, Port of Galveston offers official port parking, and guarantees a space for all cruise passengers. There are a number of different parking options provided by the port, which come with different prices.

Economy Lots: The port offers a number of surface lots (Lots A-D) that sit 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. The price is $97 (inclusive of taxes and fees) for a 7-day cruise. Five-day cruises see prices of $72. A shuttle to the ship is provided.

Express Lot & Parking Garage: In addition to the economy lots, the port also offers two premium options. The first is an Express Lot that’s at the door of Cruise Terminal 2. It offers the ability to park and walk just a few steps to the terminal. As well, there is a covered parking garage across the street from Harborside and a short walk to both terminals. Both of these lots are priced at $122 for a 7-day cruise and $92 for a 5-day cruise. No shuttle is provided given the short distance.

Cruise Terminal 10 Parking: Cruise Terminal 10 is the newly built Royal Caribbean terminal, located east of the other terminals. This spot offers three parking areas: North Lot (located closest to the terminal), South Lot, and Pier 14 Lot. The North Lot costs $169 for a 7-day cruise and $121 for a 5-day trip. The South Lot and Pier 14 costs $154 (7-day) and $110 (5-day). Shuttles are provided.

  • Cost: Varies from $97-$169 for a 7-day trip. 
  • Distance/Shuttle: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided for free). Garage/Express Lot parking is at the cruise ships. Terminal 10 parking is at or a short distance from the terminal.
  • Website: PortofGalveston.com

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 $64.25 (around $70 after tax) for a 6,7, or 8-night cruise. The lot is 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 trips departing and returning on a weekend day. 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: $70 for a 7-day trip
  • Distance/Shuttle: 3 blocks (no shuttle provided)
  • Website: CruisePark.com
  • Phone: 409-354-8787

Falstaff Cruise Parking
One of the newer lots in town, Falstaff offers indoor parking at rates that are even cheaper than most outdoor lots. Part of that low price is that the lot is a little farther than most lots from the port, but still a quick shuttle ride to the port.

One thing to know is that the parking lot charges $15 per car for a shuttle to the cruise ship. If you choose to walk, it’s about 20 minutes to the ships, however, we think most people would want the shuttle from this location.

In our search we found parking for $104 for indoor parking for a week cruise after taxes and fees with the shuttle. There is also some outdoor parking for a cheaper price. Outdoor parking is $93 for a week with taxes/fees and shuttle.

Sailing on a five-day cruise? We found rates of $93 per car for indoor parking with shuttle. 

  • Cost: $93 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor with shuttle; indoor is $104 with shuttle)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 15 blocks (shuttle provided for $15 fee)
  • Website: FalstaffCruiseParking.com
  • Phone: 877-365-7275

Lighthouse cruise parking in Galveston

Lighthouse Parking
Lighthouse Parking is located right next to the Port of Galveston’s “official” lots. Lighthouse offers covered parking for $115 (7-day trip) or uncovered parking for $105. Prices for a five-day cruise are $85/$75 for covered and uncovered. Before you book, be sure to check their coupon page for discounts.

Reservations are suggested. 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: $105 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor; covered is $115)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: LighthouseParking.org
  • Phone: 409-454-4849

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 24-hour security as well. And don’t worry about walking. Dolphin Parking offers a shuttle to the port. There is also space for oversize vehicles, but the cost is double.

Prices are $81 for a 5-night cruise and $92 for a 7-day sailing after all taxes.

  • Cost: $92 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 6-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: 81stDolphinParking.net
  • Phone: 409-256-6877

Discount Cruise Parking
Among the cheapest places to park, Discount Cruise Parking can offer affordable rates, along with a new location that’s much closer to the terminals than the lot used to be.

We found rates of $78 (including taxes and fees) for uncovered parking during a 7-day cruise. Rates for shorter 5-day cruises were $56 after all taxes and fees.

In addition, the parking lot offers a free shuttle that picks up and drops off at the cruise terminals every 15 minutes. 

  • Cost: $78 for a 7-day trip (prepaid)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 15 blocks (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: DiscountCruiseParking.net
  • Phone: 877-215-7449

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. 

A 7-day cruise will cost you $119 after taxes/fees if you choose the indoor option and a shuttle to the cruise port. You’ll pay $108 after taxes for parking outdoors.  There is also an option to save by walking, but given the distance to the port (about a 3/4 mile), we’d suggest using the shuttle.

A 5-day trip runs $103 after taxes with indoor parking and a shuttle. Outdoor parking with a shuttle is $92 after taxes.

Note: Rates seem to be higher if booking less than a couple of weeks before your cruise.

  • Cost: $108 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor with shuttle; covered is $119)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 8 blocks from the port (shuttle provided, discount for walking)
  • Website: PortParking.com
  • Phone: 855-435-7678

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.

Prices runs $119 for a 7-day cruise with shuttle, after taxes/fees. Skip the shuttle and the price is $92. Five-day cruises see prices of $97 with taxes if you take the shuttle or $81 with no shuttle.

Note: Rates seem to be higher if booking less than a couple of weeks before your cruise.

  • Cost: $92 for a 7-day trip (prepaid, if not taking a shuttle)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 3-4 blocks from the port (shuttle provided, discount for walking)
  • Website: EZCruiseParking.com
  • Phone: 409-939-0648

Galveston Park N Cruise lot

Galveston Park N Cruise
It doesn’t get much closer to the port than with this parking lot. It is among the closet independent lots 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, it’s a great option for those who want to be able to walk to the ship and not have to wait on a shuttle.

Prices are $133 for a week of indoor parking after taxes/fees and $113 for a week of outdoor parking. Prices for five days are $97 for indoor parking after taxes/fees and $84 for outdoor.

  • Cost: $113 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor; indoor is $133)
  • Distance/Shuttle: Less than 1 block (no shuttle provided)
  • Website: GalvestonParkNCruise.com
  • Phone: 866-479-7275

VIP Cruise Parking in Galveston, Texas

Galveston VIP Cruise Parking
This lot boasts the absolute closest location to the cruise terminal from a non-port lot — 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. 

Rates are $160 for seven days after taxes/fees. Five-day cruisers pay $122 after taxes and fees.

  • Cost: $160 for a 7-day trip (prepaid; indoor parking)
  • Distance/Shuttle: Less than 1 block (no shuttle provided)
  • Website: GalvestonVIPCruiseParking.com
  • Phone: 409-765-7300

Cheapest Galveston Cruise Parking

Who has the cheapest parking for a Galveston cruise? Among the least expensive options are Cruise Park Galveston, EZ Cruise Parking, and Falstaff Cruise Parking. Cruise Park Galveston offers a rate of $70 for a 7-day cruise, and the others charge around $92 after taxes and fees. 

Be sure to check our page on Galveston parking coupons to save more money. As well, see if the lots offer an option to walk to the port instead of taking a shuttle and potentially save money.

Map of Galveston Cruise 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which parking is best or the highest-reviewed?
Many people ask if there is a particular lot they should use. Truth is that these companies put a lot of effort into giving you a good experience at a fair price, or else they wouldn’t be in business. We have personally parked at both EZ Cruise Parking and Galveston Park N Cruise. Both lots were great for us.

Is there free parking anywhere?
While Galveston cruise parking is cheap, it’s not free. If you are a disabled veteran or have a Purple Heart, the official Port of Galveston lots will give you a 15% discount off parking. You can see the form to register here.

As well, you can park at several hotels in Galveston that offer free parking during your cruise in exchange for one night’s stay.

Are there cruise parking coupons or promo codes?
Yes, with so much competition, there are a number of lots that have coupons that give you further discounts. We’ve covered them in detail on this page. As well, be sure to book your parking online ahead of time. It often provides a discount off the drive-up rate for most parking lots.

More on Cruising From Galveston

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10 COMMENTS

    • Port of Galveston calls it Cruise Terminal 10:

      PARKING AND MOBILITY
      Our Mobility Department is devising ways to move cruise-related traffic to its final destinations most efficiently. All customers who park at Cruise Terminal 10 will benefit from expedited entrance and exit at parking facilities with new license plate recognition technology.

  1. Discount Cruise Parking has moved much closer to the terminal and is at 433 33rd Street, Galveston TX 77550. They were still the cheapest from those available when I searched. (I had a four-day cruise during the week and half the parking lots were not even open.) I will know next week if the service is still good.

    • Jim how was the parking at Discount Cruise Parking? I am trying to decide if I want to use this lot for my upcoming cruise for this December.

  2. I am a disabled veteran 100 percent I am visiting a friend in Arkansas and are Carnival Cruise leaves on March 21 to the 26th will be driving from Arkansas to Galveston and leaving on the dream but the car we’re bringing down is my friend’s car but I did bring my packer plate from my car in Pennsylvania would that work to get the free parking the car is registered in her name not mine…

    • 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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