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Miami - Gainesville Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 16 intercity buses per day from Miami to Gainesville. Traveling by bus from Miami to Gainesville usually takes around 8 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest RedCoach Business bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance299 mi (481 km)
Shortest duration6h 35m
Cheapest price$47.18
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Miami to Gainesville

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.4

5.0

Julizza

May 14, 2023- Visiting family

RedCoach Business

Pros: The seats and drive were very comfortable. Cons: The stop station. Tips: Bring a blanket or hoodie for the bud.

1.0

Chandra

June 24, 2019- Regular commuter

Greyhound

Pros: I don't appreciate that they let people drink on the bus and they start causing a ruckus in the back of the bus. Cons: Make sure people don't bring alchohol on the bus. Tips: Don't sit in the back where the driver can't see what happening.

How much is a bus ticket from Miami to Gainesville?

Bus tickets for a trip from Miami to Gainesville cost $64.69 on average. Tickets cheaper than $64.69 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Miami to Gainesville in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $63 to $85. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on August 8, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Gainesville this week, bus tickets are available starting at $64.

Monthly average prices

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

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 26 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $38.43 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Miami to Gainesville?

There are 6 bus lines from Miami to Gainesville available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 7 daily trips, FlixBus US 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 US79h 16m$74.44
Greyhound48h 58m$72.26
RedCoach Business37h 15m$112.00
RedCoach Economy17h 1m$84.88
RedCoach First Class17h 1m$119.02
Tornado Bus19h 40m$155.83
  • 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 7 trips per day from Miami 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 4 bus trips from Miami to Gainesville every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 58 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Gainesville usually start from $48.

  • 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $86.
  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no direct train from Miami to Gainesville. You can take a train to cover a portion of the trip, such as from Miami to Lakeland, but you’ll have to then transfer to a bus for the rest of the way. The total trip takes an average of 9 hours 34 minutes and usually costs about $67. Instead, it may be a better bet to just take a bus the entire way. Bus tickets from Miami to Gainesville start at just $43 and take as little as 6 hours and 45 minutes.
The drive from Miami to Gainesville covers about 337 miles north on Florida’s Turnpike, and takes about 6 hours and 45 minutes by bus
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area is about halfway between Miami and Gainesville, and provides a scenic drive as you drive through. About two thirds of the way to Gainesville, you’ll pass through the outskirts of Orlando.

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 481 kilometers from Miami to Gainesville. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 35 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus 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 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Miami to Gainesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Miami to Gainesville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 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 Miami, FL to Gainesville, FL; ticket prices start at $87.57.

City Information

Miami

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With its sprawling beaches, beaming sunshine and thriving nightlife, Miami is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, if not the world. Boasting an incredible 35-mile stretch of beachfront and warm ocean water, Miami is the perfect place to relax and recharge under the sun. And recharge you must, as it is at night when the city really comes to life. Famous for its vibrant bars and nightclubs, Miami will help you dance all your troubles away.

If you are a foodie, you will be delighted to know that Miami is the city with the highest number of restaurants per capita in the U.S., giving you the unique opportunity to treat your tastebuds to fine cuisine from all over the world, including Cuba, Colombia, Russia and Ethiopia. And if you’re a brew connoisseur, keep in mind that Miami has some of the highest-rated beer in the country.

While you’re in Miami, make your way to the Wynwood district and check out the world-famous Wynwood Walls – a growing outdoor art exhibit featuring large-scale works by some of the best-known street artists from around the globe. After that, head over to the Miami Design District for a well-deserved shopping spree.

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 Miami?

Main departure station: Miami International Airport

Buses to Gainesville leave from 4 stations in Miami.

All bus stations in Miami:

  • Miami International Airport

  • Miami Intl Airport - Departure Level, Concourse H, Bus Stop 5-6

  • Bayside Market Place (In front of the Flags - NE 4th St)

  • Dolphin Mall-Miami Bus Stop Parking #8

Where does the bus arrive in Gainesville?

Main arrival station: Rosa Parks Downtown Station

Buses arrive in Gainesville at 4 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

  • 3509 SW Williston Rd

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