McAllen to San Marcos bus

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McAllen - San Marcos Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from McAllen to San Marcos. Traveling by bus from McAllen to San Marcos usually takes around 9 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance255 mi (410 km)
Shortest duration8h 25m
Cheapest price$44.45
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from McAllen to San Marcos

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)



Aaron Ramon

June 6, 2023- Solo travel

El Expreso Bus

Pros: Great bus ride. Overall had a great time on Tornado bus ride. Cons: Television turned on. Tips: No.

How much is a bus ticket from McAllen to San Marcos?

Bus tickets for a trip from McAllen to San Marcos cost $44.47 on average. Tickets cheaper than $44.47 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.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from McAllen to San Marcos by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $70 whenever you decide to travel.

What bus companies travel from McAllen to San Marcos?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from McAllen to San Marcos. FlixBus US connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US39h 13m$80.01
  • 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 3 trips per day from McAllen to San Marcos, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

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The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 255 miles from McAllen to San Marcos. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 25 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 McAllen to San Marcos 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 11:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from McAllen to San Marcos, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from McAllen to San Marcos every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in McAllen?

Main departure station: Tornado Bus Station

Most buses depart from the main station in McAllen.

All bus stations in McAllen:

  • Tornado Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in San Marcos?

Main arrival station: 338 S Guadalupe St - San Marcos Intermodal Station

All buses from McAllen arrive at one main station in San Marcos.

All bus stations in San Marcos:

  • 338 S Guadalupe St - San Marcos Intermodal Station

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