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Journey Information

Austin to Houston bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$19.00
Shortest Duration6h 0m
Trips per day4
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest way to get from Austin to Houston?

The cheapest way to get from Austin to Houston is to take a bus. Tickets for this route average $17, while train tickets run about $40 and direct plane tickets between the two cities cost more than $200.

What are the bus options from Austin to Houston?

There are four different bus carriers that operate between Austin and Houston:

  • Greyhound offers at least two trips per day, and average about 3 hours of driving time. Greyhound bus tickets cost around $18.

  • Megabus offers at least five trips per day, and average about 3 hours of driving time. Megabus tickets cost around $16, but you may be able to find a ticket for as low as $1.

  • El Expreso Bus offers at least three trips per day, and average about 16 hours of driving time. El Expreso does not offer direct routes, and tickets cost around $50.

  • Tornado Bus offers at least six trips per day, and average about 15 hours of driving time. Tornado Bus does not offer direct routes, and tickets cost around $50.

Is there a luxury bus from Austin to Houston?

Vonlane provides a luxury bus that drives between the Houston and Austin Hyatt Regency hotels. This service is significantly more expensive than a regular bus, with tickets running about $99. Alternatively Megabus’s luxurious, double-decker buses average just $17 for this route, and include such amenities as onboard restrooms, individual power outlets, three-point seatbelts, reclining seats and free Wi-Fi.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Austin to Houston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Austin to Houston?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $23.20 was the low point for bus fares from Austin to Houston. Buses from Houston to Austin are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $23.20 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 10 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.37 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 7 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 146 miles (235 kilometers) from Austin, TX to Houston, TX. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Austin to Houston for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Austin?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Austin to Houston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Austin to Houston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Austin to Houston; ticket prices start at $37.50.

What bus companies travel from Austin to Houston?

There is one bus company that operates from Austin to Houston. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound47h 9m$29.56

Where does the bus leave from in Austin?

Most buses depart from the main station in Austin, Texas:

  • Bus Terminal - 916 E Koenig Ln

Where does the bus arrive in Houston?

Buses arrive in Houston at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Houston, Texas:

  • Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St
  • 7011 Harrisburg Blvd
  • 6590 Southwest Hwy

Price trends for buses from Austin to Houston

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15NovDec

Monthly average prices

$25$20$15$10$5DJFMAMJJASON

Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Austin, TX to Houston, TX
4.4
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Walter
5.0
September 30, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Everything very calmy, no loud speaking noises of other passengers
Cons
My credit card wasn‘t more aceptet for purchasing via internet another trip. I had to buy the ticket at the Station manually.
Stella
5.0
June 25, 2019Vacation
Pros
Nice
Cons
Nothing
Tips
No
Jaime
1.0
July 1, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Man the bus broke down & it was very hot
Cons
You'll need back up on Drivers & the Driver too an extra hour just to check the bus you'll was 3 hours late leaving plus another hour . I should get my money back
Tips
Every one was complaning and NO WIFI ON THE BUS

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