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Timing to Hobby Airport

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Timing to Hobby Airport

The cruise ships arrive in Galveston Port at 8 am on Sunday Morning. Is it too aggressive to try to make an 11:20 am flight out of Hobby using a shuttle service? If so what is the more appropriate time to try to get a flight from Hobby?


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1. Re: Timing to Hobby Airport

I would think that is too early. You are giving yourself an 1.5 hours from the time the ship arrives (if on schedule) to the time you actually need to depart for the airport. I have heard shuttles wait until they are full sometimes until they depart. If you are going to risk that time, I would have a taxi waiting for you.

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2. Re: Timing to Hobby Airport

I agree with KNR. I think an early afternoon flight might be better just in case there are delays getting off the ship, fog, traffic on 45, etc.

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3. Re: Timing to Hobby Airport

Additionally, the cruise ship may or may not schedule your de-boarding (for lack of a better term) as one of the first groups off the ship. While the actual trip shouldn't take more than about 45-50 minutes from the port to Hobby on a Sunday morning (by taxi or limo), it could easily take you 2-3 hours to get off the ship and claim your luggage, plus the time it takes you to check in at the airport. I personally wouldn't book any return flight before noon, and even later if you're using a shuttle. Then, try to arrange with the cruise line for an early departure/deboarding in order to make your flight (this should be done as soon as possible after you board the ship.)

Bon voyage!

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