Welcome to South Padre Island! If you came by way of plane, you’ll probably need some sort of transportation to get around. Even if you drove, but you’d rather leave the car at your condo or hotel, we have several options for you to explore and discover the Island.

  • The Island Metro (formerly the Wave) is a free shuttle system, operating daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shuttle runs the length on the Island, stopping at beach accesses, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other points of interest. Island Metro also has another route that crosses the Queen Isabella Causeway into Port Isabel. All of the shuttles are equipped with a bicycle rack, ADA accessible with wheelchair lifts, and offer complimentary WiFi. For the Island Metro route and schedule click here.

    • Island Metro
      321 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956) 761-8178
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    • Valley Metro - Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (800) 574-8322
      Note: Island arrival and departures from first and last stops. All transfers are made at Las Palmas Shopping Center in Port Isabel.


    • Lisa Vega
      Car Service to/from Brownsville and Harlingen airports.
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    • RGV Private Car Service - Kevin Miller
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    • Terri Latham
      Private Transportation to/from Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen airports.
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    • South Padre Island Surf Shuttle
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    • Shuttle
      Service to/from Brownsville and Harlingen airport.

  • Need transportation after 9 p.m.? There are taxis available from A Cabs, B.B.’s Taxi, J J Taxi, and Padre Cab Co. During the busy season, taxis line up in the Entertainment District later in the evening — so go ahead and close down the bar! After all, you are on vacation!

    • A Taxi
      826 S Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578
      (956) 943-4848
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    • A Cab
      1515 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956 )761-2222
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    • BB’s Taxis
      104 E Ling St., South Padre Island, TX 78597

    • JJ’s Taxi
      108 E Pike St., South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956) 761-9292
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    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
      Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO)
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 574-9612
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    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
      Harlingen Intl Airport (HRL)
      3030 Airport Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550
      (956) 430-8643
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    • Hertz Rent-A-Car
      Brownsville South Padre Intl Airport (BRO)
      700 S Minnesota Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 542-7466
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    • Dollar Rent-A-Car
      500 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownville, TX 78521
      (866) 434-2226
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    • Budget
      700 Amelia Earhart Dr., Brownsville, TX 78520
      (956) 546-5119
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    • National Car Rental
      Brownsville South Padre Intl Airport (BRO)
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 550-0354
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    • National Car Rental
      3210 E. Grimes St. Harlingen, TX 78597
      (956) 507-4003
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    • Price4Limo
      *Limousine, Party Bus & Charter Bus Rentals
      (855) 458-7002
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    • All Valley Limousine Service
      600 Ash Ave., McAllen, TX 78501
      (956) 630-5466
      (866) 851-2345 (Toll Free)
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  • Looking for a different mode of transportation? We have some fun alternatives such as jeeps, bicycles, and the Island’s favorite vehicles: golf carts (4, 6 & 8 seaters) and scout coupes (mini cars). Wheels on Padre, SPI Fun Rentals, and several of the surf shops offer hourly and daily rentals.

    Red Golf cartMini-Cars

  • Of course, you can always walk and stroll. Since the Island is only ½ mile wide at its widest point, you’re always within walking distance from the beauty of the beach no matter where you choose to stay.