South Padre Island Transportation

Below are some tips and information on how to use local South Padre Island transportation and shuttle services to get to and from the area airports, and for getting places on the island and Port Isabel. Remember, the island is a small geographic area, less than half a mile wide and the populated areas cover less than 5 miles, it is not a long distance to anywhere.

Rio Grande Valley Airports

The Brownsville / South Padre Island Airport offers a regular shuttle to and from the airport, and the service is free. See the Schedule. It is about an hour trip using the free shuttle from the Brownsville airport to South Padre Island.

The shuttle service from Valley International Airport in Harlingen is an on-demand service; you need to contact them and schedule the shuttle. It is also about an hour from South Padre Island to the Harlingen airport. You will need to schedule transportation far enough ahead of arrival and departure times to make sure the shuttle is available to you.

The McAllen International Airport is approximately 90 minutes form South Padre Island. Taxi services from McAllen is your best option.

Public Transportation Services on South Padre Island

The City of South Padre Island offers a free shuttle service around the island and across the Queen Isabella Causeway to Port Isabel. See routes and schedules here.

While the Wave vehicles (our cute name for the shuttles) look the same, different routes have some shuttles simply going up and down the island, while others will cross the bridge to Port Isabel. Be sure to get on the right bus for your destination.

The island-only Wave goes from the South Padre Island Convention Center to the north and as far south as Isla Blanca Park. The island-only Wave also goes up and down Gulf Blvd, in front of many of the island beachfront condos – you know, those great homes and condos you will be staying in through Padre Island Rentals.

The Wave that crosses the bridge to Port Isabel takes you too many shopping areas including the HEB grocery store and Walmart. The farthest point is the Las Palmas Shopping Center where connections can be made to many other places in the Rio Grande Valley.

While we do not like to bring up the issue of time while on vacation it is important for you to know the Wave stops running at 9:00 PM on weeknights, and midnight on weekends. If you are still enjoying the South Padre Island Night Life, like you should be, and do not want to enjoy a night time stroll down the beach to your condo there is taxi information below.

It might also be good to remind you Padre Island Rentals operates a 24 hour front desk. Should you have issues in one of those beach stroll or taxi nights out and lose keys, we are here to help. There will be a fee for a new key, of course, so be careful.

Other Public Transportation Services

At the Las Palmas Shopping center you can connect with Valley Metro. Valley Metro services communities all over the Rio Grande Valley. Check the Valley Metro schedule for destinations and times.

South Padre Island Taxi Services

If needed here are a couple of taxi services you can call:
A Taxi 956-761-2225
B B’s Taxis 956-761-1111

Brownsville/SPI International Airport
Brownsville/SPI International Airport
Distance from Island:25 miles
Local Phone #:(956) 542-4373
AirlinesContinental (800) 525-0280
Brownsville/SPI International Airport
Harlingen/Valley International Airport
Distance from Island:43 miles
Local Phone #:(956) 430-8600
AirlinesContinental (800) 525-0280
Southwest (800) 292-5175 TX   (800) 531-5600 US