What Is the Closest Airport to South Padre Island?

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, South Padre Island Unit, Texas Gulf Coast
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South Padre Island is one of Texas' most popular beach destinations. However, for those who have never traveled to the Tip of Texas, getting there may be confusing. South Padre Island does not have its own airport, so travelers may wonder - what is the closest airport to South Padre Island?

Even though South Padre Island does not have its own airport, that does not mean air travel is out of the question.

In fact, South Padre is located relatively close to two airports that provide service to travelers throughout the United States.

Airports Closest to South Padre Island

The Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport is the closest - situation about 22 miles from South Padre Island. Continental Airlines has frequent flights into B/SPIIA. To cover the ground distance between Brownsville and South Padre Island, visitors have the options of car rental, taxi or airport shuttle to choose from.

Although it is located a little further away (about 40 miles from South Padre Island), the Valley International Airport (VIA) in Harlingen actually sees a little more traffic when it comes to visitors headed to SPI. This is primarily due to the number of daily flights Southwest Airlines flies into VIA from Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and elsewhere. Continental and Sun Country also fly into VIA.

And, like Brownsville International, VIA offers car rentals, taxi service and airport shuttles to complete the final leg to South Padre Island.