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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Dallas to McAllen. Traveling by bus from Dallas to McAllen usually takes around 8 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest El Expreso Bus bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 4.8 minutes.

Distance462 mi (744 km)
Shortest duration8h 5m
Cheapest price$70.00
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceEl Expreso Bus
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Dallas to McAllen

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




December 24, 2019- Visiting family

El Expreso Bus

Pros: I was able to sit alone. Cons: When we stop for food.. well I guess it would be best if not only a Mexican buffet with limited food. Restroom had no hand cleaner left. And that was half way thru. Driver hot lost or something in Waco for about 30min. Apparen...

Pros: I was able to sit alone. Cons: When we stop for food.. well I guess it would be best if not only a Mexican buffet with limited food. Restroom had no hand cleaner left. And that was half way thru. Driver hot lost or something in Waco for about 30min. Apparently there is assigned seating, or some people told me. But on my ticket it had no seat number. Then I was told the seat number was on the stub I gave to the driver. That makes no sense. And still people sit where ever they want. So just saying there is an assigned seat if many have no idea what it is. But I guess you get what you pay for. Take a good pillow and have trying to sleep.. lol Also, why have so many plugs and none work. I even sat next to a USB plug. And of course it didnt work..restroom smelt bad.. but it is what it is. Tips: Pack a good pillow and blanket. Hand sanitizer, maybe some snacks and water. If you have a cell phone, pack a good battery back up supply, if you planning on using it during the ride.


How much is a bus ticket from Dallas to McAllen?

Typically $70.00 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to McAllen. Considering the long haul nature of the trip to McAllen and taking into account ease of bus travel tickets this price is a great deal 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.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $59 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Dallas to McAllen in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $66 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


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 10 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $3.58 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Dallas to McAllen?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Dallas to McAllen that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, El Expreso Bus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
El Expreso Bus28h 43m$71.90
Tornado Bus18h 55m$71.25
  • El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus, a sub-brand of Tornado Bus Company, operates intercity bus trips in the United States, plus several routes that cross the border into Mexico. The carrier’s professional and helpful staff are often fluent in both English and Spanish. El Expreso buses feature comfortable seats, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and free WiFi. The average ticket price for a Dallas to McAllen trip is $70 on El Expreso Bus, and they usually make the trip in just 8 hours and 43 minutes.

  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For Tornado travel from Dallas to McAllen, Tornado operates 1 scheduled trips per day with prices starting from $70.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Dallas to McAllen 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.

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.

How long is the bus ride from Dallas to McAllen?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 462 miles from Dallas to McAllen. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 4.8 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to McAllen 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Dallas?

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

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Dallas to McAllen every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information


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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 Dallas?

Main departure station: 535 E Jefferson Blvd

Dallas has two bus stations with service to McAllen.

All bus stations in Dallas:

  • 535 E Jefferson Blvd

  • Tornado Bus Station - 8630 E RL Thornton Fwy

Where does the bus arrive in McAllen?

Main arrival station: 1501 W Highway 83

All buses from Dallas arrive at one main station in McAllen.

All bus stations in McAllen:

  • 1501 W Highway 83

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