There are 9 ways to get from Galveston to South Padre Island by bus, train, shuttle, car or plane

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Bus  •  11 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston Amtrak to Houston Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897 / ...

$129 - $227

8 alternative options

Bus, train  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston Amtrak to Houston Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897 / ...

$150 - $275

Bus, train via Corpus C West, Tx  •  15 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston Amtrak to Houston Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Corpus C West, Tx 895 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Corpus C West, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897

$160 - $295

Bus, shuttle  •  17 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston Amtrak to Houston Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Houston Downtown Greyhound to San Antonio
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio to Harlingen, Tx
  4. Take a shuttle bus from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas

Drive  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Galveston to South Padre Island 418 miles

$40 - $60

Shuttle to Houston Hobby Apt, fly to Harlingen  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Galveston, TX to Houston Hobby Airport, TX
  2. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Harlingen (HRL) HOU - HRL

$225 - $385

Bus to Houston, fly to Brownsville  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston to George Bush Airport, Houston, TX
  2. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Brownsville (BRO) IAH - BRO

$175 - $705

Bus to Houston, fly to Harlingen  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston to George Bush Airport, Houston, TX
  2. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Harlingen (HRL) IAH - HRL

$205 - $555

Bus to Houston, fly to McAllen, bus, shuttle  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Galveston to George Bush Airport, Houston, TX
  2. Fly from Houston (IAH) to McAllen (MFE) IAH - MFE
  3. Take the bus from Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
  4. Take a shuttle bus from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas

$270 - $679

Questions & Answers

The distance between Galveston and South Padre Island is 266 miles. The road distance is 418 miles.

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The best way to get from Galveston to South Padre Island without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 11 h 58 min to get from Galveston to South Padre Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to Harlingen Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Galveston to South Padre Island is 418 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 24 min to drive from Galveston to South Padre Island.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to Harlingen Airport.

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There are 743+ hotels available in South Padre Island. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Galveston to Houston Hobby Apt Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h and costs .

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Map of how to get from Galveston to South Padre Island.
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  • Distance: 265.7 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 58 min

What companies run services between Galveston, TX, USA and South Padre Island, TX, USA?

You can take a bus from Galveston to South Padre Island via Houston Amtrak, Houston, Tx, San Antonio, Tx, and Brownsville, Tx in around 11 h 58 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to Brownsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Houston to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
Flights from Houston to McAllen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $290
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Galveston Amtrak to Houston Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Corpus C West, Tx
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Corpus C West, Tx to Brownsville, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Corpus Christi West to Brownsville, TX
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Antonio to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from McAllen, TX to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Turimex Internacional
Website
turimex.com
Bus from Houston Downtown Greyhound to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
turimex.com
South Padre Shuttle
Website
southpadreshuttle.com
Shuttle from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
myrioride.bookingtool.net
Galveston Limousine
Website
galvestonlimo.com
Shuttle from Galveston, TX to Houston Hobby Airport, TX
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
galvestonlimousineservice.com
Bus from Galveston to George Bush Airport, Houston, TX
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
galvestonlimousineservice.com

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