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Orlando - Gainesville Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from Orlando to Gainesville. Traveling by bus from Orlando to Gainesville usually takes around 2 hours and 19 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$20.99
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Orlando to Gainesville

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

CELESTE

September 5, 2023- Business

RedCoach Business

Pros: this was the best seat I've ever had. Cons: customer service.

5.0

Winston

January 25, 2023

RedCoach Economy

Few stops Noise free On time

5.0

Daniel

April 1, 2022- Solo travel

RedCoach Economy

Fast. On time. Professional staff. Good facilities.

4.0

Saaran

December 5, 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: I liked how quick it was to get there . The driver was safe and no problems! Cons: They could clean the bus more especially because of coronavirus. There was trash in my seat and on the floor which indicates a trip was finished but never cleaned and sanitized. Tips: Come prepared to clean your own seat but other than that the trip was easy and the driver was safe.

5.0

Tigist

July 30, 2021- Visiting friends

RedCoach Business

Pros: The seats were comfortable and spacious!!! Cons: The charger outlets weren't working.

How much is a bus ticket from Orlando to Gainesville?

Bus tickets for a trip from Orlando to Gainesville cost $21.99 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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If you're planning to travel by bus from Orlando to Gainesville in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $25 to $30. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 2, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Gainesville this week, bus tickets are available starting at $27.

Monthly average prices

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Bus tickets from Orlando to Gainesville are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $24. On the other hand, traveling on this route during March might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for March trips cost $28, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

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 21 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $10.27 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Orlando to Gainesville?

There are 5 bus lines from Orlando 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 US72h 26m$24.93
Greyhound42h 23m$25.80
RedCoach Business41h 56m$46.00
RedCoach Economy22h 2m$41.67
RedCoach First Class12h 0m$50.32
  • 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 Orlando 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 Orlando to Gainesville every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 23 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Gainesville 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 Orlando to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 4 bus trips every day with prices starting from $21.
  • 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 Orlando to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 2 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 Orlando to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $41.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 96 miles from Orlando to Gainesville. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Orlando to Gainesville at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Orlando to Gainesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from Orlando to Gainesville 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 Orlando to Gainesville without transferring.

City Information

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.

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 Orlando?

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

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Main departure 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

Where does the bus arrive in Gainesville?

Main arrival station: Rosa Parks Downtown Station

Buses arrive in Gainesville at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Gainesville:

  • Rosa Parks Downtown Station

  • 1956 Gale Lemerand Drive

  • Gainesville Bus Stop

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