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Bus Trip Information: Houston to Austin

There are 21 intercity buses per day from Houston to Austin. Traveling by bus from Houston to Austin usually takes around 3 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance146 mi (235 km)
Shortest duration2h 40m
Cheapest price€20.65
Trips per day13
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Houston to Austin

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Miles

11 April 2022- Visiting family

RedCoach Business

Pros: It was nice and I felt safe waiting at a hotel for the bus. It arrived on-time, the driver was very friendly, and the bus wasn’t full. It was quiet and cool and the Wi-Fi worked. No problems and the bus arrived on-time. I will definitely be using RedCoach again! ...

Pros: It was nice and I felt safe waiting at a hotel for the bus. It arrived on-time, the driver was very friendly, and the bus wasn’t full. It was quiet and cool and the Wi-Fi worked. No problems and the bus arrived on-time. I will definitely be using RedCoach again! Tips: Bring ID.

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4.0

Tessa

26 February 2022- Visiting friends

RedCoach Business

Pros: Very comfortable and spacy... Except for that it was extremely cold.. Cons: The bus temperature. It was extremely cold. I was freezing. Tips: Travel with a blanket and winter jacket. It feels like north Dakota in there.

Pros: Very comfortable and spacy... Except for that it was extremely cold.. Cons: The bus temperature. It was extremely cold. I was freezing. Tips: Travel with a blanket and winter jacket. It feels like north Dakota in there.

5.0

J.E.

17 November 2021- Vacation

RedCoach Business

Pros: Alles. Cons: Niks. Tips: Yolo it.

Pros: Alles. Cons: Niks. Tips: Yolo it.

5.0

Linda

4 December 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: The Bus Driver was superb with his Instructions! I took the 07:55 am Greyhound Bus from Austin to Houston that same day and the morning Bus Driver gave no Instructions at all. Cons: Please thank the Houston to Austin Driver. He was great!

Pros: The Bus Driver was superb with his Instructions! I took the 07:55 am Greyhound Bus from Austin to Houston that same day and the morning Bus Driver gave no Instructions at all. Cons: Please thank the Houston to Austin Driver. He was great!

4.0

James

7 November 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: We arriveb Safely. Cons: Departure on time.

Pros: We arriveb Safely. Cons: Departure on time.

How much is a bus ticket from Houston to Austin?

€23.67 is the average price of a bus ticket from Houston to Austin. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Houston to Austin is expected to range from €24 to €30. If you are looking to travel to Austin within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €25. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €24 and can be found on 30 August 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in July. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €22 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to Austin in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €26 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

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €16.72 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Houston to Austin?

There are 5 bus lines from Houston to Austin available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 12 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 US122h 56m€27.73
Greyhound45h 57m€28.79
RedCoach Business32h 45m€32.24
RedCoach First Class14h 35m€37.35
Tornado Bus12h 50m€93.30
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 12 trips per day from Houston to Austin, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 4 bus trips from Houston to Austin every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Austin usually start from €21.

  • RedCoach Business

    RedCoach Business

    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 Houston to Austin, Red Coach’s schedule offers 3 bus trips every day with prices starting from €29.
  • RedCoach First Class

    RedCoach First Class

    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 Houston to Austin, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from €34.
  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Houston to Austin, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from €93.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a late-night bus from Houston to Austin?

No, there is no late-night bus from Houston to Austin. The latest bus to Austin leaves Houston before 7 p.m. and arrives between 9 and 9:30 p.m. The earliest bus to Austin departs Houston at 5 a.m.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Houston to Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Houston to Austin?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 235 kilometers from Houston to Austin. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Austin at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Houston?

The first bus leaves at 02:00 and the last bus leaves at 19:00. To see the times for all buses from Houston to Austin, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 21 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to Austin every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 13 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Houston

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Houston, Texas is one of the most populous cities and among the most expansive cities in the U.S. As a result, Houston has become the leading commercial center in the Southern United States. Astronomy aficionados recognize Houston as the city where NASA’s Mission Control Center is located, and music fans know Houston as the birthplace of Queen B herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Even though Houston has a relatively small downtown area, it is packed with exciting things you can do while you’re in town. If you’re in the mood for a cultural outing, head to the Theater District where you are sure to find a play or a music performance you’d enjoy, or check out the Museum District that boasts more than 20 different museums and galleries. Since Houston is the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the country, its restaurant scene is one of a kind offering a rich variety of cuisines from all over the world. The many experiences available in Houston make it one of Texas' best vacation destinations.

As one of the main metropolitan cities in the U.S., Houston is very well connected to the rest of the country and the world. The main bus and train stations are both located right in the heart of downtown making it easy to get to your final destination by public transit or car. There are also several airports within the city’s vicinity that provide a good variety of options depending on where you’re flying to or from.

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 bus leave from in Houston?

Main departure station: Downtown - 605 Gray St

Buses to Austin leave from 7 stations in Houston.

All bus stations in Houston:

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

  • 2525 Southwest Fwy (Timewise/Shell gas station lot)

  • Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St

  • 904 Dallas St

  • TAMU - Wisenbaker Engineering Bus Stop

  • Tornado Bus Station - Airport

  • Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood

Where does the bus arrive in Austin?

Main arrival station: Downtown - 720 E 6th St

Buses arrive in Austin at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Austin:

  • Downtown - 720 E 6th St

  • South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

  • Eastside Bus Plz

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton - 300 S Congress Ave

  • 711 E Ben White Blvd

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