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

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 (profiles of each are below):

List of Galveston cruise parking lots near the port.

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. 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

Cruise Park Galveston

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 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: $70 for a 7-day trip
  • Distance/Shuttle: 3 blocks (no shuttle provided)
  • Website: CruisePark.com
  • Phone: 409-354-8787

DCP Cruise Parking
Among the cheapest places to park, DCP Cruise Parking charges as little as $9 per day if prepaid, but rates vary depending on the cruise and time of year. We found parking for $40 ($45.45 after taxes/fees) for a five day cruise. A week’s parking can vary between $50-60 ($56-67 after taxes/fees), depending on your trip.

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: $56-67 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid; prices vary)
  • Distance/Shuttle: More than 30 blocks (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: DiscountCruiseParking.net
  • Phone: 409-599-4016

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.

There is also outdoor parking for a cheaper price. In our search we found parking for $75 for indoor parking for a week cruise ($87 after taxes/fees). Outdoor parking is $65 for a week ($75 after taxes/fees).

Sailing on a five-day cruise? We found rates of $65 per car for indoor parking, or $75 after taxes and fees. Rates were $55 for outdoor parking ($64 after taxes).

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.

  • Cost: $75 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor; indoor is $87)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 15 blocks (shuttle provided for $15 fee)
  • Website: FalstaffCruiseParking.com
  • Phone: 877-365-7275

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, but the cost is double.

Prices are $59 for a five-night cruise and $76 for a 7-day sailing after all taxes.

  • Cost: $76 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

Lighthouse cruise parking in Galveston

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 $90 (7-day trip) or uncovered parking for $75. Prices for a five-day cruise are $75/60, for covered and uncovered. Before you book, be sure to check their coupon page for discounts.

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: $75 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor; covered is $90)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: LighthouseParking.org
  • Phone: 409-454-4849

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 $90 for a 7-day cruise with shuttle ($97 after taxes/fees). Skip the shuttle and the price is $75 ($81 after taxes/fees). Five-day cruises see prices of $70 ($76 with taxes) if you take the shuttle or $60 ($65 with taxes) with no shuttle.

  • Cost: $90 for a 7-day trip (if prepaid; $75 if not taking 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 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, 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 $99 for a week of indoor parking ($116 after taxes/fees) and $85 for a week of outdoor parking ($100 after taxes and fees). Prices for five days are $75 for indoor parking ($88 after taxes/fees) and $65 for outdoor ($76 after taxes and fees).

  • Cost: $100 for a 7-day trip (outdoor; if prepaid)
  • Distance/Shuttle: Less than 1 block (no shuttle provided)
  • Website: GalvestonParkNCruise.com
  • Phone: 866-479-7275

Port of Galveston Cruise Parking Lots (Official Port Lots)
The port offers official port 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.

The price for a week cruise is $90 for outdoor parking. With a $5 discount for booking online, the cost is $87 after taxes and fees. Garage parking is available for $115, or $112 if booking online.

Five-day cruises see prices of $65 ($62 after online discount) for outdoor parking and $80 ($77 if booked online) for garage parking.

  • Cost: $87 for a 7-day trip (prepaid outdoor; indoor is $112)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 5-7 blocks from the port (shuttle provided for free)
  • Website: PortofGalveston.com

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 closer to the port.

A 7-day cruise will cost you $106 ($115 after taxes/fees) if you choose the indoor option and a shuttle to the cruise port. You’ll pay $74 ($80 after taxes) for parking indoor and walking to the cruise ship.  

A 5-day trip runs $74 ($80 after taxes) with indoor parking and a shuttle. Indoor parking without a shuttle is $65 ($70 after taxes).

  • Cost: $115 for a 7-day trip (indoor with shuttle; if prepaid)
  • Distance/Shuttle: 8 blocks from the port (shuttle provided, discount for walking)
  • Website: PortParking.com
  • Phone: 855-435-7678

VIP Cruise Parking in Galveston, Texas

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. 

Rates are $120 for seven days ($140 after taxes/fees). Five-day cruisers pay $95 ($112 after taxes/fees)

  • Cost: $140 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? As of now the absolute cheapest is Discount Cruise Parking. This lot charges as little as $56 after taxes and fees for a week cruise. Prices are just $45 for a five-day cruise. As well a free shuttle is provided. The only issue is that the lot is kind of far from the port.

Among the lots near the cruise ships, your cheapest option is Cruise Park Galveston and Lighthouse Parking. Cruise Park Galveston offers a rate of $70 for a 7-day cruise, and Lighthouse charges $75. Cruise Park Galveston doesn’t offer five-day parking, but 81st Dolphin charges $60 and provides a free shuttle to the port. 

Be sure to check our page on Galveston parking coupons to save more 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 free parking as long as you 1) have a state vehicle receipt with that designation 2) have an ID that matches the registration and 3) have a vehicle with disabled veteran or Purple Heart recipient license plates.

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 $5 off the drive-up rate for most parking lots.

More on Cruising From Galveston

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    • 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.

  1. 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…

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