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Journey Information

There are 39 intercity buses per day from Houston to Austin. Traveling by bus from Houston to Austin usually takes around 3 hours and 8 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance146 mi (235 km)
Shortest duration2h 30m
Cheapest price$20.49
Trips per day38
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines7

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Houston to Austin

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

ann

August 24, 2022- Visiting family

RedCoach Business

Great driver!

5.0

Miles

April 11, 2022- Visiting family

RedCoach Business

Pros: It was nice and I felt safe waiting at a hotel for the bus. It arrived on-time, the driver was very friendly, and the bus wasn’t full. It was quiet and cool and the Wi-Fi worked. No problems and the bus arrived on-time. I will definitely be using RedCoach again! Tips: Bring ID.

4.0

Tessa

February 26, 2022- Visiting friends

RedCoach Business

Pros: Very comfortable and spacy... Except for that it was extremely cold.. Cons: The bus temperature. It was extremely cold. I was freezing. Tips: Travel with a blanket and winter jacket. It feels like north Dakota in there.

5.0

J.E.

November 17, 2021- Vacation

RedCoach Business

Pros: Alles. Cons: Niks. Tips: Yolo it.

5.0

Linda

December 4, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: The Bus Driver was superb with his Instructions! I took the 07:55 am Greyhound Bus from Austin to Houston that same day and the morning Bus Driver gave no Instructions at all. Cons: Please thank the Houston to Austin Driver. He was great!

How much is a bus ticket from Houston to Austin?

Bus tickets for a trip from Houston to Austin cost $24.49 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Houston to Austin in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $24 to $29. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on August 1, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Austin this week, bus tickets are available starting at $25.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Houston to Austin is usually cheapest in June, when the average ticket price is only $30. If you're planning to take the bus from Houston to Austin during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $40. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $11.16 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Houston to Austin?

There are 7 bus lines from Houston to Austin available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 32 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 US323h 2m$26.06
Greyhound15h 11m$51.81
Megabus23h 28m$38.08
RedCoach Business23h 38m$39.01
RedCoach Economy14h 9m$56.24
RedCoach First Class12h 57m$41.67
Tornado Bus15h 11m$89.86
  • 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 32 trips per day from Houston to Austin, 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 1 bus trips from Houston to Austin every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 11 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Austin usually start from $31.

  • Book Megabus from Houston to Austin from $5. There are 2 trips per day offered by Megabus from Houston to Austin and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Austin. In Houston, Megabus departs to Austin from Hillcroft Park and Ride . In Austin, Megabus arrives at 1500 San Jacinto Blvd .

    An average trip on Megabus from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours and 28 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Austin in 2 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Austin.

  • Book RedCoach Business from Houston to Austin from $25. There are 2 trips per day offered by RedCoach Business from Houston to Austin and you can expect on average to pay for a RedCoach Business ticket to Austin. In Houston, RedCoach Business departs to Austin from 904 Dallas St . In Austin, RedCoach Business arrives at 516 E 5th St .

    An average trip on RedCoach Business from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours and 38 minutes , while the fastest available RedCoach Business trip will get you to Austin in 2 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, RedCoach Business offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Austin.

  • Book RedCoach Economy from Houston to Austin from $40. Typically there is one RedCoach Economy schedule per day from Houston to Austin and you can expect on average to pay for a RedCoach Economy ticket to Austin. In Houston, RedCoach Economy departs to Austin from 904 Dallas St . In Austin, RedCoach Economy arrives at 516 E 5th St .

    An average trip on RedCoach Economy from Houston to Austin takes 4 hours and 9 minutes , while the fastest available RedCoach Economy trip will get you to Austin in 2 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, RedCoach Economy offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Austin.

  • RedCoach offers a premium travel option called First Class, emphasizing quality and comfort for passengers. The transportation company operates primarily in Texas and has a modern fleet with features such as air conditioning, extra legroom, and 21-inch wide reclining seats. First Class buses also offer restrooms, complimentary WiFi, and power outlets for device charging during the journey.

  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no late-night bus from Houston to Austin. The latest bus to Austin leaves Houston before 7 p.m. and arrives between 9 and 9:30 p.m. The earliest bus to Austin departs Houston at 5 a.m.

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 146 miles from Houston to Austin. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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 Austin 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 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Houston to Austin, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 39 scheduled buses that travel from Houston to Austin every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 38 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

Houston

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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.

Austin

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Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State and one of the best vacation destinations in Texas. 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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Houston?

Main departure station: Downtown - 605 Gray St

Buses to Austin leave from 8 stations in Houston.

All bus stations in Houston:

  • Downtown - 605 Gray St

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

  • 904 Dallas St

  • Hillcroft Park and Ride

  • Greyhound Terminal Bus Station

  • Houston Southwest Fwy

  • Tornado Bus Station - Airport

  • Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood

Where does the bus arrive in Austin?

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Main arrival station: Eastside Bus Plz

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.

All bus stations in Austin:

  • Eastside Bus Plz

  • Downtown Austin

  • South Congress - 710 E Ben White Blvd.

  • 516 E 5th St

  • 1500 San Jacinto Blvd

  • 711 E Ben White Blvd

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