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Journey Information

Houston to New Orleans bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$24.00
Shortest Duration7h 0m
Trips per day3
Bus lines1

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 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 Houston to New Orleans?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $27.86 was the low point for bus fares from Houston to New Orleans. Buses from New Orleans to Houston are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $27.86 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 12 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $21.70 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 21 minutes to cover the 318 miles (511 kilometers) from Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Houston?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am 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.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to New Orleans every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 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.

What bus companies travel from Houston to New Orleans?

There is one bus company that operates from Houston to New Orleans. 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
Greyhound38h 21m$34.02

Where does the bus leave from in Houston?

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

  • Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St

Where does the bus arrive in New Orleans?

All buses from Houston arrive at one main station in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Price trends for buses from Houston to New Orleans

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
July 17, 2019Visiting family
The cleaniness, friendly, staff, timely bus, and safety.
Seats need a little more space and could be cushioned. After sitting for a while my back being to hurt
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, 2019Business
The price $22
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.
Bring a blanket and baby wipes. It's freezing on the bus even though it was over 100 outside.

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