UTMB Health’s Transportation Department helps move patients between our care units and service department areas. They also provide outpatient shuttle services to and from our Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes and several other off-campus clinics. Shuttle service is provided Monday through Friday, except on UTMB holidays, or as noted in the schedules below. The transportation dispatch desk is open 24 hours everyday, and can answer shuttle or other transportation-related questions. To reach the dispatch desk, please call (409) 772-1512.
UTMB Shuttle Schedules
*Notice: New schedule and route, changes effective Monday June 17. New schedule posted.
Island Transit, the City Of Galveston's public transportation system, provides fixed-route, ADA-accessible bus service. The Island Transit service area covers 27 square miles of Galveston Island, including convenient routes to UTMB.
UTMB and the City of Galveston are partners in an extended transit service to meet the needs of the university's employees, students, visitors and patients.
Under the plan, UTMB employees, students and retirees qualify for free rides by showing their UTMB identification cards. Patients who show proof of scheduled appointments, admittance or pharmacy visits may also ride at no cost. In addition, people who accompany patients to offer assistance or children under 18 accompanied by a patient ride for free. Fixed-route buses and Dial-a-Ride (DART) services run Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
DART participants also ride for free. DART is a curb-to-curb service for those persons who are unable, due to disability, to use the regular fixed route service. DART services require 24-hour notice. To obtain more information and an application for DART service, call (409) 797-3909. Once an application is approved, a passenger guide will be sent to you.
Galveston Taxi Services
Busy Bee Taxi: (409) 762-8429
Quality Cab: (409) 765-5555
Tropical Taxi: (409) 621-4000
Yellow Cab: (409) 763-3333
Galveston is accessible from any region of Texas via the state’s extensive intercity bus network.
The Gulf Coast Center operates a transportation program known as “Connect Transit.” Connects destinations include medical facilities on Galveston Island and throughout Galveston County. Transportation services are offered to the general public at a low cost per person per trip. Connect Transit provides “demand response” services in Galveston and Brazoria counties. “Demand Response” services are shared ride services with pick up and delivery from curb to curb. Reservations are accepted up to 7 days in advance of the need for transportation. Get details and more information. To schedule transportation or for information call: 800-266-2320 or 409-945-0820.
Galveston-Texas City: Commute service is available at boarding points in Galveston and in Texas City at Mall of the Mainland. The one-way fare is $2. Discount ride coupons for UTMB employees are available at the UTMB Bookstore in the Moody Medical Library, 914 Market St. Coupons are sold in books for $50, providing a 50 percent discount or effective one-way fare of $1 for UTMB employees. Schedule.
Galveston-Victory Lakes: Commute service is available at boarding points in Galveston and Clear Lake Center and Victory Lakes Park-and-Ride Center in League City. The one-way fare is $3. Discount ride coupons for UTMB employees are available at the UTMB Bookstore in the Moody Medical Library, 914 Market St. Coupons are sold in books for $75, providing a 50 percent discount or effective one-way fare of $1.50 for UTMB employees. Schedule.
Kerrville Bus Company provides daily bus service between Houston’s Greyhound Terminal and Galveston Island. Contact Greyhound Lines for further information.
Galveston Island is served by the Houston Airport System, including George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
Of the airports offering regular commercial service, the William P. Hobby Airport, located on the south side of Houston close to Interstate Highway 45, is the closest/most convenient to Galveston and most UTMB facilities. It is approximately 43 miles/50 minutes from UTMB's Galveston campus.
Scholes International Airport at Galveston offers charter flights to Galveston Island.
Rental cars are available from the major rental car companies at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
Shuttle services operate between the Houston airports and Galveston.
Galveston Limousine Service
(800) 640-4826 or (409) 740-5466