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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Austin to Houston. Traveling by bus from Austin to Houston usually takes around 4 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest RedCoach Business bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance146 mi (235 km)
Shortest duration2h 45m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Austin, TX to Houston, TX

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.4

5.0

Walter

September 30, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

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.

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.

1.0

Jaime

July 1, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

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 B...

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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5.0

Stella

June 25, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: Nice. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Nice. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

How much is a bus ticket from Austin to Houston?

$20.33 is the average price of a bus ticket from Austin 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

$30$20$10OctOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Austin to Houston is expected to range from $20 to $25. If you are looking to travel to Houston within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $20. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $20 and can be found on October 20, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in July. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $17 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Austin to Houston in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $25 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 $12.08 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Austin to Houston?

There are 3 bus lines from Austin to Houston. 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 US73h 10m$21.53
Greyhound46h 46m$24.99
RedCoach Business22h 45m$15.00
  • 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 Austin to Houston every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 46 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Houston usually start from $19.

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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 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 4 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 146 miles from Austin to Houston. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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?

Because many passengers travel from Austin to Houston 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Austin?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. 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 10 scheduled buses that travel from Austin 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 Austin to Houston; ticket prices start at $37.50.

City Information

Austin

Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State. 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.

Houston

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 Austin?

Departure stations

Travelers to and from the capital of Texas will likely stop through the bus station at 916 E Koenig Lane. Located in Austin’s quaint North Loop neighborhood, and with close proximity to several main highways, this station serves bus trips from both Greyhound and Jefferson Lines. The station has a comfortable seating area inside, along with restrooms and vending machines for on-the-go snacks. Takeout restaurants, coffeeshops, and a range of stores surround the station for those seeking heartier food options before or after their bus trip.

Bus stations in Austin:

  • Downtown - 720 E 6th St

  • South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton - 300 S Congress Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Houston?

Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St - HOUGLI-0

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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:

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

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

  • 904 Dallas St

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