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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from New Orleans to Houston. Traveling by bus from New Orleans to Houston usually takes around 7 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance318 mi (511 km)
Shortest duration6h 20m
Cheapest price$29.99
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New Orleans, LA to Houston, TX

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Mariangela

October 25, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Price, fast process, good staff

Price, fast process, good staff

How much is a bus ticket from New Orleans to Houston?

$30.93 is the average price of a bus ticket from New Orleans to Houston. 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 New Orleans to Houston is expected to range from $34 to $41. If you are looking to travel to Houston within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $34. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $34 and can be found on November 1, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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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 $30 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New Orleans to Houston in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $39 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $15.58 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New Orleans to Houston?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from New Orleans to Houston. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 5 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US56h 36m$31.23
Greyhound47h 52m$43.71
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 New Orleans to Houston every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 52 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Houston usually start from $38.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the shortest bus trip from New Orleans to Houston?

The shortest bus trip from New Orleans to Houston is provided by Megabus. The duration of the trip is, on average, 6 hours and 33 minutes. There are 2 bus trips per day, and the average ticket price is about $22, though tickets can sell for as cheap as $5.

Is taking a train or bus better when traveling from New Orleans to Houston?

There are two bus carriers that provide routes from New Orleans to Houston: Greyhound and Megabus. Greyhound offers 13 trips per day, while Megabus offers 2 per day. On average, tickets run from $20-$22, and the duration of the bus trip is between 6-8 hours.

The only rail line that serves this route is the Amtrak Sunset Limited. The train ride is 9 hours and 18 minutes long, while tickets start at $45. With this information, taking a bus from New Orleans to Houston is clearly the best option. There are more trips per day, tickets are cheaper, and the average duration is an hour faster than the train.

What are some things you can do in Houston?

Some attractions worth visiting while in Houston include the Johnson Space Center, Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and more. There are a number of educational stops to see while in Houston that may be good destinations for families. However, there are many beautiful parks to visit as well, such as Hermann Park, Discovery Green and an amusement park called Kemah Boardwalk.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New Orleans to Houston 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 318 miles from New Orleans to Houston. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 20 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.

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

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, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New Orleans?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New Orleans to Houston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from New Orleans to Houston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from New Orleans to Houston; ticket prices start at $46.00.

City Information

New Orleans

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New Orleans is the most populous city in the southern state of Louisiana and one of the most popular party destinations in the whole world. Known as The Big Easy, New Orleans is famous for its distinct French-Spanish architecture, Creole cuisine, and unique music. Around the globe, New Orleans is best known as the host city of Mardi Gras, a late-winter carnival known for flashy costumes and never-ending street parties. Because of that, NOLA is consistently among the preferred vacation destinations among spring breakers and post-grad travelers.

There’s a lot more to New Orleans than just partying, though. While you’re in town, connect with the artistic side of your personality with a visit to the famed New Orleans Museum of Art where you will find the South’s most impressive collection of French and American art. A visit to the Big Easy will not be complete without stopping by some of the city’s iconic cemeteries. Whether you take a guided tour or you explore on your own, you will learn a lot about the area’s history and urban legends.

New Orleans is one of the main economic and commercial centers of the U.S. Gulf Coast region, and as such it is easily accessible by all kinds of transportation. The airport is located not too far from the city center, while the city’s main bus and train station, the Union Passenger Terminal, is placed right in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

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.

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 New Orleans?

Departure stations

New Orleans has two bus stations with service to Houston.

Bus stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Houston?

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Arrival stations

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.

Bus stations in Houston:

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

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

Need a return trip from Houston to New Orleans?

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