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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Houston to New Orleans. Traveling by bus from Houston to New Orleans usually takes around 7 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance318 mi (511 km)
Shortest duration6h 15m
Cheapest price$39.99
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Houston to New Orleans

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




July 17, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: The cleaniness, friendly, staff, timely bus, and safety. Cons: Seats need a little more space and could be cushioned. After sitting for a while my back being to hurt. Tips: Megabus has the best prices and their busses are clean. The travel time was very precise a...

Pros: The cleaniness, friendly, staff, timely bus, and safety. Cons: Seats need a little more space and could be cushioned. After sitting for a while my back being to hurt. Tips: Megabus has the best prices and their busses are clean. The travel time was very precise and I would definately recommend the megabus for safe travel to my family and friends.




June 23, 2019- Business


Pros: The price $22. Cons: If you know Houston, then you know the traffic. Megabus should account for that. No one likes to be late, but you will never get a complaint about arriving early. Tips: Bring a blanket and baby wipes. It's freezing on the bus even though i...

Pros: The price $22. Cons: If you know Houston, then you know the traffic. Megabus should account for that. No one likes to be late, but you will never get a complaint about arriving early. Tips: Bring a blanket and baby wipes. It's freezing on the bus even though it was over 100 outside.


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

$44.50 is the average price of a bus ticket from Houston to New Orleans. Any tickets cheaper than $44.50 can be considered 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.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Houston to New Orleans is expected to range from $42 to $63. If you are looking to travel to New Orleans within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $45. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $42 and can be found on July 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to New Orleans in June, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $44 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $19.33 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Houston to New Orleans?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US56h 29m$47.94
Greyhound58h 39m$51.52
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 5 trips per day from Houston to New Orleans, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 5 bus trips from Houston to New Orleans every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 39 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to New Orleans usually start from $40.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to see and do in New Orleans?

New Orleans is known as a party city, and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is the center of the action. Taking place just before Lent, Mardi Gras is a huge draw. But at any other time of the year, a stop at Mardi Gras World offers a look at floats while they’re under construction, plus floats from past years.

Additional museum options include the National WWI Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.

Catch some live music — whether that means going to a jazz club or some other type of club, attending a music festival, or simply taking a walk down Frenchmen Street.

If you’re up for something a bit macabre, visit one of New Orleans’ iconic cemeteries, populated by ornate, above-ground tombs. Maybe even take a ghost tour that makes a cemetery stop.

Some famous landmarks worth visiting include St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo in Jackson Square, City Park, and Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Finally, make sure you eat a beignet before you leave.

Where is the best location to stay in New Orleans?

The French Quarter is the best area to stay in New Orleans, especially for a first-time visitor. The most famous neighborhood in New Orleans, the French Quarter is home to Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and more.

If you’re looking to keep costs down, the Central Business District is another great place to stay. It has its own nightlife scene, but it’s also close to the pricier French Quarter.

What is the best time to go to New Orleans?

The best time of year to visit New Orleans is February through May for Mardi Gras celebrations. If you don’t mind missing the big party, visit in December or January, when the weather is still comfortable and hotel rooms are easier to come by. The worst time to visit is June through November (especially July through September), during hurricane season.

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

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 27 minutes to cover the 318 miles from Houston to New Orleans. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 15 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?

Buses from Houston to New Orleans are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Houston?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Houston to New Orleans, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to New Orleans every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 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 Houston to New Orleans; ticket prices start at $46.00.

City Information


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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. The many experiences available in Houston make it one of Texas' best vacation destinations.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Houston?

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St

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.

All bus stations in Houston:

  • Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

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

Where does the bus arrive in New Orleans?

Main arrival station: 817 Loyola Ave

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in New Orleans.

All bus stations in New Orleans:

  • 817 Loyola Ave

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

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