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Journey Information

There are 24 intercity buses per day from Houston to McAllen. Traveling by bus from Houston to McAllen usually takes around 7 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance301 mi (485 km)
Shortest duration5h 35m
Cheapest price€27.56
Trips per day21
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Houston to McAllen

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)




9 May 2024- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: Hood. Cons: Very good I felt like it was a great price. Tips: Bring snacks.



27 July 2023- Visiting family

El Expreso Bus

Pros: Very safety and comfy. Cons: Nothing for me all was fine. Tips: No.



11 June 2022- Visiting friends

El Expreso Bus

Pros: Everything. Cons: None.



21 January 2022- Visiting friends

El Expreso Bus

Pros: It was wonderful everything went smoothly. Cons: Keep up the good work. Tips: I greatly recommend using El Expresso.



9 April 2021- Visiting friends

El Expreso Bus

Pros: Nigth sleep the most time. Tips: Bring your cover and pillow.

How much is a bus ticket from Houston to McAllen?

€38.83 is the average price of a bus ticket from Houston to McAllen. Any tickets cheaper than €38.83 can be considered a great deal. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Houston to McAllen is expected to be between €42 and €46. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is 20 June 2024, when tickets are available for 20 June 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just €42.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €43 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to McAllen in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €50 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


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 27 days in advance to save €16.36 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Houston to McAllen?

There are 3 bus lines from Houston to McAllen 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 US127h 45m€45.22
Greyhound107h 1m€44.83
Tornado Bus36h 1m€54.52
  • 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 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 10 bus trips from Houston to McAllen every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 1 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to McAllen usually start from €28.

  • 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 bus takes an average of 7 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 485 kilometers from Houston to McAllen. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to McAllen 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

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

There are 24 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to McAllen every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 21 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


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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Houston?

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Main departure station: Greyhound Terminal Bus Station

The Bus Terminal at 2121 Main Street is centrally located within downtown Houston and serves as a hub for bus service from Greyhound, Jefferson Lines and Tornado Bus. From Houston’s bus terminal, you might connect to other cities in Texas such as Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, or further afield to Los Angeles and New York. The station is open 24 hours a day, with restrooms, seating, and several food options available onsite. Within a few minutes’ walk from the bus terminal, you’ll find parking, rental car agencies, gas stations, fast food, and a Light Rail station to easily access the rest of Houston.

All bus stations in Houston:

  • Greyhound Terminal Bus Station

  • 6590 Southwest Hwy

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

  • Houston Southwest Fwy

  • Tornado Bus Station - Airport

  • Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood

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

Where does the bus arrive in McAllen?

Main arrival station: Tornado Bus Station

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

Bus stations in McAllen:

  • Tornado Bus Station

  • 1501 W Highway 83

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