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Flying into Beautiful South Padre Island

Excited about your upcoming plans to visit South Padre Island, but unsure how to get there? South Padre Island is one of the most fascinating and beautiful areas in Texas, offering more than 34 miles of gorgeous beachfront. It’s understandable that you want to get the planning part of the trip out of the way as quickly as possible so that you can start your holiday off without a hitch. Check out some tips below.
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How Do I Book a Flight to South Padre Island?

Use services like to book your flights to South Padre Island so that you can ensure that you're getting the absolute best rates.  There are three airports that provide service to the island: Brownsville South Padre International Airport (30 minutes away), Valley International Airport (one hour away) and McEllen International Airport (90 minutes away). Airlines flying into Brownsville include United Airlines and American Airlines. Brownsville travelers need to first fly into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport or Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport before catching ground transportation to South Padre Island. 

What’s the Best Way to Get to and from the Airport?

If you’re coming through Brownsville Airport, you can rent a car or take a taxi into town. If you take a bus, the Brownsville bus system’s bus #7 stops at the airport. You can also take the free Island Airport Shuttle that runs to and from the airport from about 6am until 8pm in the evening. The South Padre Shuttle takes visitors from Valley International Airport straight to the island for $25 one way or $40 round trip.

Are There Any Nearby Hotels? 

If you’re looking for hotels that are as close to the hotel as possible, you could check out the South Padre Island Airport Hotel. Located minutes from Brownsville Airport, this comfortable, friendly hotel offers cozy rooms, free hi-speed Wi-Fi, an ergonomic work desk and sofa in every room, free continental breakfast, and a swimming pool. 

What’s Brownsville Airport Like?

Be prepared; the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is extremely small. It’s clean, but check-in can be very slow because there may be a limited number of airport employees working at any given time. If you need to use the restroom, you should be aware that there is only one unisex bathroom in the entire airport.