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Journey Information

There are 9 intercity buses per day from Tampa to Gainesville. Traveling by bus from Tampa to Gainesville usually takes around 5 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest RedCoach Business bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance118 mi (190 km)
Shortest duration2h 40m
Cheapest price$21.99
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Tampa to Gainesville

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Joyce

August 13, 2019- Solo travel

RedCoach Business

Pros: The time. Cons: The price. Tips: I have recommended for my friends.

How much is a bus ticket from Tampa to Gainesville?

Bus tickets for a trip from Tampa to Gainesville cost $36.73 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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Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Tampa to Gainesville is expected to be between $37 and $51. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is June 26, 2024, when tickets are available for June 26, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $42.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Tampa to Gainesville, mark your calendar for August. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $35. However, taking the bus from Tampa to Gainesville during March is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $46. The best way to find deals on a trip in March is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 19 days in advance to save $16.77 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Tampa to Gainesville?

There are 3 bus lines from Tampa to Gainesville available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Greyhound 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 US36h 46m$48.69
Greyhound65h 58m$47.76
RedCoach Business12h 40m$44.23
  • 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 3 trips per day from Tampa 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 6 bus trips from Tampa to Gainesville every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 58 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Gainesville usually start from $30.

  • 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 Tampa to Gainesville, Red Coach’s schedule offers 1 bus trips every day with prices starting from $22.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 118 miles from Tampa to Gainesville. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 40 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 Gainesville 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Tampa to Gainesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Tampa to Gainesville every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

City Information

Tampa

Sitting at the heart of the Gulf Coast, Tampa offers a perfect blend of cultural attractions and relaxing indulgences. Infused with a colorful mix of Cuban and Spanish cultural elements, the city of Tampa houses some of the most impressive historic buildings in the state, including the Henry B. Plant Museum, which boasts a permanent exhibition of Victorian-era artifacts. Animal lovers can also rejoice, as the city’s many aquariums and zoos will certainly melt your heart. Head down to the Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center for some heart-melting cuteness. And for animal lovers with a penchant for streaming docu-series, the Big Cat Rescue (yes, THAT one!) will be a great choice.

Most of the finest restaurants in town are concentrated around the Riverwalk area, which offers unrivaled views of the waterfront. Oystercatchers is reputed as one of the best establishments in town, so you should not miss out on it. Tampa’s cuisine features a very clear Cuban influence, and the best spot to try out these unique fusion dishes is at Ybor City.

The principal train station in the city is the Tampa Union Station, which is also a historic building. It is currently served by Amtrak. At the station, travelers can also take an Amtrak Thruway motorcoach to get to Orlando, Lakeland, Bradenton, etc. The main airport is Tampa International Airport, which is located just six miles west of downtown Tampa.

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 Tampa?

Main departure station: Tampa Bus Station

Located on Polk Street, the Greyhound Bus Terminal is Tampa’s main terminal for intercity bus service to cities such as Orlando, Miami, and Atlanta. Travelers on Greyhound will find ample parking in the surrounding area and a comfortable waiting room with restrooms and a small café inside. Conveniently located in the North Franklin St Historic District in downtown Tampa, the bus terminal is within a short walk of several dining options and connections to local public transit to travel within Tampa.

All bus stations in Tampa:

  • Tampa Bus Station

  • USF - Theatre Ctr - 3801 USF Holly Drive

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

  • Gainesville Bus Stop

  • 1956 Gale Lemerand Drive

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