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Journey Information

There are 15 intercity buses per day from Houston to New Orleans. Traveling by bus from Houston to New Orleans usually takes around 8 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance318 mi (511 km)
Shortest duration5h 55m
Cheapest price$28.99
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average 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 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 it was over 100 outside.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Houston to New Orleans cost $47.89 on average. Tickets cheaper than $47.89 are an excellent bargain. 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 Houston to New Orleans in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $41 to $68. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 4, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to New Orleans this week, bus tickets are available starting at $41.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Houston to New Orleans are at their cheapest average price in June. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $46. On the other hand, traveling on this route during September might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for September trips cost $57, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 23 days in advance to save up to $47.04.

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 8 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US87h 57m$69.61
Greyhound79h 41m$70.37
  • 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 8 trips per day from Houston to New Orleans, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 7 bus trips from Houston to New Orleans every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 41 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to New Orleans usually start from $29.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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 8 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 318 miles from Houston to New Orleans. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 55 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.

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Houston to New Orleans 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, 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.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Houston to New Orleans, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 15 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to New Orleans every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 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 $38.00.

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?

Main departure station: Houston Southeast Bus Station

Buses to New Orleans leave from 4 stations in Houston.

All bus stations in Houston:

  • Houston Southeast Bus Station

  • Houston Bus Station (Greyhound)

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

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

Where does the bus arrive in New Orleans?

Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave - NOLAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Opened in 1954 to replace the five depots spread throughout the city, the Union Passenger Terminal connects all of New Orleans’ passenger rail into one iconic building. To this day, it remains the largest transportation hub in New Orleans and is a key link for travel throughout the Southern United States. Three of Amtrak’s long distance train lines end their service at Union Passenger Terminal: the City of New Orleans line from Chicago, the Crescent line from New York City, and the Sunset Limited line from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Buses operated by Greyhound and Jefferson Lines also serve this station, as well as public transit which connects to New Orleans’ famous streetcars. At the station, there are shops, a game room, and food for purchase, and the city’s must-visit French Quarter is just a mile away.

All bus stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

  • New Orleans Canal St

  • St Charles Ave & Poydras St

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