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Journey Information

There are 18 intercity buses per day from Gainesville to Orlando. Traveling by bus from Gainesville to Orlando usually takes around 2 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest RedCoach Business bus can make the trip in just one hour and 50 minutes.

Distance96 mi (154 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$21.99
Trips per day18
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Gainesville to Orlando

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Charles

April 2, 2024- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Pros: On time -early even. Tips: They provide charge for phone.

5.0

Reinhart

June 27, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Great driver James Wheeler. Cons: Drop the silly service charge and give the real final price right away. Tips: It's a pity Greyhound Station in Gainesville Florida has closed. At least there's a bench left outside next to an overflowing trash can.

5.0

Anadaisy

October 25, 2019- Visiting family

RedCoach First Class

Could not located seat belt latch

5.0

Qiong

August 28, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Travel for Sample testing. Cons: Cleaner and on time. Tips: The staff at the station is pretty nice and remember to print your ticket.

5.0

Chiranjib

August 13, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: nice timing of the bus service. Cons: no wifi in greyhound. Tips: megabus is better than greyhound.

How much is a bus ticket from Gainesville to Orlando?

Bus tickets for a trip from Gainesville to Orlando cost $23.27 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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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Bus tickets from Gainesville to Orlando are expected to cost between $26 and $38 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Orlando within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $28. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Gainesville to Orlando, mark your calendar for June. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $25. However, taking the bus from Gainesville to Orlando during December is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $31. The best way to find deals on a trip in December is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

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 28 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $13.12 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Gainesville to Orlando?

There are 6 bus lines from Gainesville to Orlando 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 US72h 17m$26.01
Greyhound42h 39m$26.86
RedCoach Business41h 56m$47.38
RedCoach Economy12h 3m$43.77
RedCoach First Class12h 5m$51.59
Tornado Bus17h 35m$115.00
  • 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 Gainesville to Orlando, 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 Gainesville to Orlando every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 39 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Orlando usually start from $22.

  • 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 Gainesville to Orlando, Red Coach’s schedule offers 4 bus trips every day with prices starting from $29.
  • 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 Gainesville to Orlando, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $34.
  • 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 Gainesville to Orlando, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $41.
  • 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 2 hours and 22 minutes to cover the 96 miles from Gainesville to Orlando. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 50 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Gainesville to Orlando, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 18 scheduled buses that travel from Gainesville to Orlando every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Gainesville to Orlando without transferring.

City Information

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.

Orlando

Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World, thanks to the high density of thrilling parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, Gatorland and more. It's no wonder we rated Orlando the #1 travel destination for families. Family vacation or not, if the highlight of your trip is picking out a wand at Ollivanders in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or finally meeting Elsa in the Magic Kingdom, you know we won't judge.

Winter Park and Thornton Park – not more theme parks, we promise – are trendy neighborhoods where you can experience some of Orlando's world-class shopping, dining, and craft beer. You can also immerse yourself in some of Florida's unique wildlife at Orlando Wetlands Park, or the more central Lake Eola Park downtown. Orlando enjoys an average of 233 days of sunshine a year, so even though it's one of the cheapest cities to visit over Spring Break, you'll soak up that sweet, sweet sun almost any time of year.

Craving the ocean? Head a few hours outside Orlando for some of Florida's gorgeous beaches like New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, and the Canaveral National Seashore. Two large airports, as well as many bus and train companies with service in the area, mean that traveling from Orlando to other sunny Florida destinations and beyond is a breeze.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Gainesville?

Main departure station: Rosa Parks Downtown Station

Buses to Orlando leave from 4 stations in Gainesville.

All bus stations in Gainesville:

  • Rosa Parks Downtown Station

  • 1956 Gale Lemerand Drive

  • Gainesville Bus Stop

  • 3509 SW Williston Rd

Where does the bus arrive in Orlando?

Orlando, FL - Bus Terminal (555 N John Young Pkwy) - ORLGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 555 N John Young Pkwy

The Bus Terminal at 555 N John Young Pkwy is the primary Greyhound bus station in Orlando, where travelers can catch a bus to other destinations throughout Florida and beyond. The station is located under 3 miles from downtown Orlando and the nearest SunRail station. There is also a Lynx public bus stop which conveniently drops people off right at the Greyhound Bus Terminal. Open 24 hours a day, the bus station provides vending machines if you need a quick bite, and there are also several fast food options within a short walk to fuel up before your trip.

All bus stations in Orlando:

  • Bus Terminal - 555 N John Young Pkwy

  • 1777 McCoy Rd

  • The Florida Mall

  • Servi Florida Travel

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