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Helpful info about taking the bus from Austin to Dallas

  • Traveling from Austin to Dallas without a car is very easy thanks to comfortable bus options like Greyhound, Flixbus, and RedCoach. These carriers offer daily service between the two cities, with ticket prices of $27 on average.

    • The Amtrak Texas Eagle train route travels from Austin to Dallas, but it makes 5 stops along the way, which lengthens the trip to nearly 6 hours. The train may be less convenient than the bus, but you can get lucky and find train tickets from Austin to Dallas that are even cheaper than bus tickets.

    • The trip from Austin to Dallas is nearly 200 miles by car, which means roughly three or four hours on the road. Most of the buses are non-stop and can complete the journey in as little as three hours with light traffic. You’ll travel on I-35 for most of the trip, passing through pastures and fields, along with the adorable city of Waco.

    • Day trips from Austin to Dallas are very realistic and convenient thanks to the schedule of buses between the cities. Buses depart from Austin all morning, and return trip buses leave Dallas as late as 11:00pm. You’ll have plenty of time to experience Dallas before boarding the bus and heading back to Austin.

    • If you want a luxury bus trip from Austin to Dallas, RedCoach First Class offers larger seats, more legroom, and a higher level of service, for hardly any difference in price. There are fewer daily trips, however, so be sure to book online well in advance to guarantee your ticket.

    • To get from Austin to the Dallas Airport, your cheapest option is to book a bus the day or morning before your flight. Most buses arrive downtown, where you can find many stops on the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) orange line with service to DFW. Choosing a bus over a connecting flight can easily save you hundreds of dollars!

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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Austin to Dallas. Traveling by bus from Austin to Dallas usually takes around 3 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 55.2 minutes.

Distance182 mi (293 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price$26.99
Trips per day13
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Austin to Dallas

(Based on 24 ratings and reviews)




March 20, 2023- Vacation

RedCoach First Class

Pros: Bus was very clean and comfortable, driver was polite and helpful. Cons: Wifi did not work.



May 7, 2022- Visiting friends

RedCoach First Class

Pros: The ride was safe and comfortable. Cons: It would be nice to have a Bus terminal with a waiting room, rest room facility etc. Pick up and drop from roadside is not exactly desirable. Tips: Older persons should be aware that there is no place to sit while one waits for the bus to arrive. No restroom facility either.



April 23, 2022- Solo travel

RedCoach First Class

My driver was wonderful. There was lots of space and I was super comfortable. I had a place to charge my phone and there was water and snacks available. Way easier and more comfortable than flying for half the cost!!



April 11, 2022- Visiting family

RedCoach First Class

Pros: My driver Victor was a great driver, attentive, great customer service. Even though I do not travel by bus often, I would definitely choose Red Coach. Austin to Dallas April 11 -22. Cons: Nothing comes to mind.



April 6, 2022- Visiting friends

RedCoach First Class

Pros: Nice. Cons: Schedule. Tips: Book.

How much is a bus ticket from Austin to Dallas?

Bus tickets for a trip from Austin to Dallas cost $33.86 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from Austin to Dallas in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $31 to $55. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 22, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Dallas this week, bus tickets are available starting at $32.

Monthly average prices


Taking the bus from Austin to Dallas is usually cheapest in September, when the average ticket price is only $28,

If you're planning to take the bus from Austin to Dallas during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $33. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 16 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $13.33 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Austin to Dallas?

There are 5 bus lines from Austin to Dallas available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 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
El Expreso Bus13h 30m$78.90
FlixBus US103h 33m$34.28
RedCoach First Class23h 16m$51.63
Tornado Bus83h 32m$68.71
Turimex33h 18m$46.97
  • El Expreso is a bus company with service to nine US states, including Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Their buses have TV screens for onboard entertainment, outlets, complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning, and most of their staff is fluent in English and Spanish.

  • 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 10 trips per day from Austin to Dallas, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • RedCoach offers a premium travel option called First Class, emphasizing quality and comfort for passengers. The transportation company operates primarily in Texas and has a modern fleet with features such as air conditioning, extra legroom, and 21-inch wide reclining seats. First Class buses also offer restrooms, complimentary WiFi, and power outlets for device charging during the journey.

  • 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.

  • Turimex is a Mexican intercity coach company that operates across the Mexico-US border and is part of the Grupo Senda transportation company. The company is headquartered in Monterrey and offers services to combat high temperatures with air conditioning. The buses also have onboard restrooms, WiFi, and movie screenings for passengers.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of reasons why it might make more sense to take the bus from Austin to Dallas than simply driving yourself. For one thing, you won’t have to worry about finding parking at your destination. Especially if you’re staying in downtown Dallas, commuting by bus will save you the time of having to find a secure parking lot, and the money you’d end up paying for it.

Traveling by bus is also a better use of your time. When you drive your own car, you have to pay close attention to the road, and will often find yourself stuck in traffic. (This is especially true along I35, which tends to see a lot of construction.) On the bus, you can sleep, stream a TV show or work on your laptop using the bus’s free WiFi.

Bus rides from Austin to Dallas typically average about 3.5 hours depending on traffic. Autobuses Torres is the quickest carrier on this route, averaging closer to 3 hours. On a day with little traffic, the fastest you could expect to make the commute would be about 2 hours and 25 minutes in duration.

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 182 miles from Austin to Dallas. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55.2 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Dallas. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Austin to Dallas, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from Austin to Dallas every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 13 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 Austin to Dallas; ticket prices start at $15.00.

City Information


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Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State and one of the best vacation destinations in Texas. Known as Texas’s “weird” city, Austin is famous for being the southern mecca for the arts. In addition to being a hot spot for both emerging and established artists from Texas and the surrounding states, Austin is well known for its eclectic live music scene. In addition, the University of Texas’ main campus is located in Austin, which makes the city a popular destination for young people from all over the world, keeping it vibrant at all times. It’s no surprise that it ranks among the top party cities in the U.S.

While you’re in town, make sure to stop by the hip South Congress neighborhood to shop at the trendy boutiques and grab some grub at the authentically Austin restaurants. Since Austin is one of the best craft beer cities in the country, you won’t regret checking out some of the local breweries too. After that, head over to Lady Bird Lake and rent a kayak for a relaxing paddling session on the water, or simply go for a walk on the picturesque Hike & Bike Trail. Finally, spend the night bar hopping along the pedestrian-only Sixth Street.

While the Austin airport is located on the outskirts of the city, the main train station is right in the heart of downtown. Similarly, the two bus stations that serve Austin are located close to the city center, making ground transportation the more convenient way to travel in and out of town.


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Dallas is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in Texas, as well as one of the state's best vacation destinations. While it is one of the foremost business, telecommunications and transportation hubs in the United States, Dallas is also one of the most exciting cities when it comes to culture and nightlife opportunities.

When you are planning a trip to Dallas, make sure you leave time in your schedule to check out some of the city’s world-famous museums. Some must-visits include The Sixth Floor Museum (that commemorates the assassination of John F. Kennedy), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

If you want some fresh air and a feast to the eyes, you must visit the remarkable Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which boasts one of the best botanical collections in the entire country. And if you are after some tasty grub and good people watching, then head to Stone Street Gardens, a row of restaurants located on a charming red brick strip surrounded with tons of greenery.

Both the main train station in Dallas, the Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, and the main bus station are located in the heart of the city’s downtown historic district just a few blocks away from each other. That makes it super convenient to travel to Dallas from various places in Texas and the rest of the U.S. or Mexico. The stations’ central location also allows for an easy transfer to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that is located pretty far outside the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Austin?

Main departure station: South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

Buses to Dallas leave from 5 stations in Austin.

All bus stations in Austin:

  • South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

  • Downtown - 720 E 6th St

  • Austin Academy Sports & Outdoors

  • 516 E 5th St

  • 711 E Ben White Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in Dallas?

Main arrival station: 2424 Swiss Ave (Lizard Lounge)

Buses arrive in Dallas at 6 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Dallas:

  • 2424 Swiss Ave (Lizard Lounge)

  • 4500 Harry Hines Blvd (Holiday Inn Market Ctr, rear lot)

  • Sabor a La Mexicana

  • Omni Dallas Hotel - Pegasus Pizza Bus Stop

  • 535 E Jefferson Blvd

  • Tornado Bus Station - 8630 E RL Thornton Fwy

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