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Journey Information

Houston to McAllen bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$38.52
Shortest Duration5h 50m
Trips per day2
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Houston to McAllen 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 McAllen?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $38.52 was the low point for bus fares from Houston to McAllen. Buses from McAllen to Houston are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $38.52 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 16 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $3.33 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 301 miles (485 kilometers) from Houston, TX to McAllen, TX. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 49.8 minutes. 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Houston to McAllen 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, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Houston?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Houston to McAllen, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Houston to McAllen. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from Houston to McAllen?

There is one bus company that operates from Houston to McAllen. El Expreso Bus is the one bus line that services this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different travel times to choose from each day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
El Expreso Bus26h 45m$41.25

Book El Expreso Bus from Houston to McAllen from $39. There are 2 trips per day offered by El Expreso Bus from Houston to McAllen and you can expect on average to pay $41 for a El Expreso Bus ticket to McAllen. In Houston, El Expreso Bus departs to McAllen from Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood and 4 other stations. In McAllen, El Expreso Bus arrives at Bus Station, An average trip on El Expreso Bus from Houston to McAllen takes 6 hours and 45 minutes, while the fastest available El Expreso Bus trip will get you to McAllen in 5 hours and 50 minutes, On weekends, El Expreso Bus offers 7 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to McAllen.

Where does the bus leave from in Houston?

Buses to McAllen leave from multiple locations in Houston, Texas. These are the 5 most popular bus stations:

  • Tornado Bus Station - Lockwood
  • Houston Southwest Fwy
  • Bus Terminal - 2121 Main St
  • 7011 Harrisburg Blvd
  • 6590 Southwest Hwy

Where does the bus arrive in McAllen?

All buses from Houston arrive at one main station in McAllen, Texas:

  • Bus Station

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