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Austin - McAllen Coach Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 15 intercity coaches per day from Austin to McAllen. Traveling by coach from Austin to McAllen usually takes around 8 hours, but the fastest Tornado Bus coach can make the trip in 5 hours and 28 minutes.

Distance282 mi (454 km)
Shortest duration5h 28m
Cheapest price£27.09
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Coach lines3

Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Austin to McAllen

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Maria Isabel

7 January 2023- Visiting family

El Expreso Bus

The timing was perfect and the comfy ness of the seat

How much is a coach ticket from Austin to McAllen?

£30.40 is the average price of a bus ticket from Austin to McAllen. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

£48£32£16AprApr

Bus tickets from Austin to McAllen are expected to cost between £32 and £44 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to McAllen within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from £33. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just £36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Austin to McAllen in September, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to £45 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

£80£64£48£32£163020100

Most coach companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your coach tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap coach tickets is to book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save £49.33 on your coach ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What coach companies travel from Austin to McAllen?

There are 3 bus lines from Austin to McAllen available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 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:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US108h 25m£43.58
Greyhound57h 41m£41.80
Tornado Bus25h 37m£67.76
  • 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 10 trips per day from Austin to McAllen, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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 Austin to McAllen every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 41 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to McAllen usually start from £27.

  • 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

The coach takes an average of 8 hours to cover the 282 miles from Austin to McAllen. However, the fastest coach only takes 5 hours and 28 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Travelers prefer riding the coach on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in McAllen. 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, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go."

The first coach leaves at 03:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Austin to McAllen, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 15 scheduled coaches that travel from Austin to McAllen every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

City Information

Austin

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Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State and one of the best vacation destinations in Texas. Known as Texas’s “weird” city, Austin is famous for being the southern mecca for the arts. In addition to being a hot spot for both emerging and established artists from Texas and the surrounding states, Austin is well known for its eclectic live music scene. In addition, the University of Texas’ main campus is located in Austin, which makes the city a popular destination for young people from all over the world, keeping it vibrant at all times. It’s no surprise that it ranks among the top party cities in the U.S.

While you’re in town, make sure to stop by the hip South Congress neighborhood to shop at the trendy boutiques and grab some grub at the authentically Austin restaurants. Since Austin is one of the best craft beer cities in the country, you won’t regret checking out some of the local breweries too. After that, head over to Lady Bird Lake and rent a kayak for a relaxing paddling session on the water, or simply go for a walk on the picturesque Hike & Bike Trail. Finally, spend the night bar hopping along the pedestrian-only Sixth Street.

While the Austin airport is located on the outskirts of the city, the main train station is right in the heart of downtown. Similarly, the two bus stations that serve Austin are located close to the city center, making ground transportation the more convenient way to travel in and out of town.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Austin?

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Main departure station: Eastside Bus Plz

Travelers to and from the capital of Texas will likely stop through the bus station at 916 E Koenig Lane. Located in Austin’s quaint North Loop neighborhood, and with close proximity to several main highways, this station serves bus trips from both Greyhound and Jefferson Lines. The station has a comfortable seating area inside, along with restrooms and vending machines for on-the-go snacks. Takeout restaurants, coffeeshops, and a range of stores surround the station for those seeking heartier food options before or after their bus trip.

All coach stations in Austin:

  • Eastside Bus Plz

  • South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

  • Downtown Austin

  • 711 E Ben White Blvd

Where does the coach arrive in McAllen?

Main arrival station: Tornado Bus Station

These are the two stations where coaches may stop when they arrive in McAllen.

Coach stations in McAllen:

  • Tornado Bus Station

  • 1501 W Highway 83

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