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Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville bus

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Fort Lauderdale - Gainesville Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville. Traveling by bus from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville usually takes around 7 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest RedCoach Business bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance278 mi (447 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price$45.12
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Lissette

March 20, 2021- Visiting family

RedCoach Economy

Pros: I didn’t have to drive. Cons: Driver should be a bit friendlier with his words I was sitting next to a stranger,thought I would be sitting alone. Tips: Bring a small pillow.

5.0

William

February 14, 2020- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: The buses were new and more spacious than before. Cons: Nothing that I can think of. Tips: Bring earphones for their mobile devices.

How much is a bus ticket from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville?

Bus tickets for a trip from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville cost $59.05 on average. Tickets cheaper than $59.05 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price

Average prices by travel date

$103$68$34JulJul

Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville is expected to be between $57 and $90. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is August 2, 2024, when tickets are available for August 2, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $67.

Monthly avg. prices

$103$82$62$41$21ASONDJFMAMJJ
Taking the bus from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville is usually cheapest in October, when the average ticket price is only $71. If you're planning to take the bus from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville during March, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $81. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$137$109$82$55$273020100

The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 29 days in advance to save $46.59 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville?

There are 5 bus lines from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US58h 36m$75.98
Greyhound58h 41m$66.92
RedCoach Business36h 27m$113.81
RedCoach Economy16h 6m$85.34
RedCoach First Class16h 15m$120.50
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 5 trips per day from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 5 bus trips from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 41 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Gainesville usually start from $44.

  • Red Coach is an American bus company headquartered in Orlando, FL and one of the most prominent ground travel providers in the United States. Red Coach buses are some of the best in the industry, featuring large reclining seats, extra legroom, flat screen TVs, as well as free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. Red Coach Business service features 18 inch wide seats, foot rests and 2 checked bags. For journeys from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 3 bus trips every day with prices starting from $49.
  • Red Coach is an American bus company headquartered in Orlando, FL and one of the most prominent ground travel providers in the United States. Red Coach buses are some of the best in the industry, featuring large reclining seats, extra legroom, flat screen TVs, as well as free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. For journeys from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $64.
  • Red Coach is an American bus company headquartered in Orlando, FL and one of the most prominent ground travel providers in the United States. Red Coach buses are some of the best in the industry, featuring large reclining seats, extra legroom, flat screen TVs, as well as free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. Red Coach First Class is one of the most luxurious way to travel featuring 21 inch wide seats that recline up to 140 degrees, footrests and 2 included checked bags. For journeys from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $86.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 447 kilometers from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 50 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Gainesville. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Gainesville, FL; ticket prices start at $87.57.

City Information

Fort Lauderdale

Nicknamed the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale offers vast stretches of white sand beaches at affordable prices, allowing the average traveler to enjoy fun under the sun with ease. Fort Lauderdale Beach is the premier destination for beach-goers and nature lovers, and it is noticeably less chaotic than its counterpart at Miami Beach, making it a perfect spot for a quiet and leisurely getaway. Another alternative is the nearby Las Olas Beach, which features clean and refreshing water. Nature lovers can also take an airboat tour to the famous Everglades and get up close to the alligators.

For shopping fans, Sawgrass Mills, a famous shopping outlet with 250 stores, will be a top choice. Don’t forget to take the time for a stroll around the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District and enjoy the setting sun as the day comes to a close.

The Fort Lauderdale Amtrak station is the main train station in the city, offering quick access to other cities in the state of Florida. In the center of town, not too far from the train station, you can find the Greyhound station which is the busiest bus travel hub in Fort Lauderdale. The principal airport in the area is the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport which, as its name suggests, is located right in between the two neighboring cities. However, it's also easy to get from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Airport for more flight options.

Gainesville

Blessed with amazing natural landmarks and a vibrant cultural life, Gainesville offers a whole new Florida experience that is far from the decadence often associated with the state. If you wish to explore creative works made by local artists, head over to the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention, which features great exhibitions that dive into the life of many inventors and entrepreneurs. Another great museum to visit is the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. For those who want to marvel at the city’s natural landmarks, go for a hiking trip along the trails of Alfred A. Ring Park, or the Barr Hammock Preserve.

Gainesville’s local favorite is the 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which offers delicious briskets. For some of the freshest local dishes, head over to Alpin Bistro.

The main bus station in Gainesville is the Greyhound Bus Terminal located on NE 23rd Ave, which welcomes buses from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and beyond. There is no rail service to Gainesville. However, the city is part of Amtrak’s network via the carrier’s Thruway bus service, which operates out of the same station. The main airport is the Gainesville Regional Airport, which lies in the northeast part of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Fort Lauderdale?

Main departure station: Broward Blvd Park & Ride - 299 NW 22nd Ave

Buses to Gainesville leave from 4 stations in Fort Lauderdale.

All bus stations in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Broward Blvd Park & Ride - 299 NW 22nd Ave

  • Ft Lauderdale Intl Airport - 320 Terminal Drive

  • Broward Blvd Park & Ride - 216 NW 22nd Ave

  • Ft Lauderdale Intl Airport - 320 Terminal Drive

Where does the bus arrive in Gainesville?

Main arrival station: Rosa Parks Downtown Station

Buses arrive in Gainesville at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Gainesville:

  • Rosa Parks Downtown Station

  • 1956 Gale Lemerand Drive

  • Gainesville Bus Stop

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