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San Antonio - Waco Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 21 intercity buses per day from San Antonio to Waco. Traveling by bus from San Antonio to Waco usually takes around 3 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Tornado Bus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance167 mi (269 km)
Shortest duration2h 50m
Cheapest price$29.49
Trips per day22
Most frequent serviceTornado Bus
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from San Antonio to Waco?

Bus tickets for a trip from San Antonio to Waco cost $29.49 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 San Antonio to Waco in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $30 to $56. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 10, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Waco this week, bus tickets are available starting at $32.

Monthly avg. prices

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Bus tickets from San Antonio to Waco are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $37. On the other hand, traveling on this route during September might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for September trips cost $52, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 27 days in advance to save $31.21 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Antonio to Waco?

There are 3 bus lines from San Antonio to Waco available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Tornado Bus 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 US73h 34m$35.62
Greyhound53h 26m$37.03
Tornado Bus93h 2m$79.78
  • 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 7 trips per day from San Antonio to Waco, 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 5 bus trips from San Antonio to Waco every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 26 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Waco usually start from $29.

  • 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

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 26 minutes to cover the 167 miles from San Antonio to Waco. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 50 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Waco at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Antonio to Waco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 21 scheduled buses that travel from San Antonio to Waco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 22 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

San Antonio

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San Antonio, TX - SAT-1

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San Antonio is a fast-growing city located in the southwest corner of the Texas Triangle. In addition to the alluring year-round warm weather, San Antonio offers a blend of rich history with contemporary attractions and cuisine.

If there's one thing to remember from your trip to San Antonio, it’s the Alamo! This 18th century fortress is one of five Spanish missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, all of which are connected by a scenic hiking and biking trail. If history isn't your thing, the River Walk along the San Antonio River is a much livelier spot. This shaded path is lined with shops and restaurants, and you could spend an entire day strolling, shopping, and eating along the river. Don't sleep on the riverside bars, either – San Antonio is one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S. so you can bar-hop to your heart’s (and your wallet’s) delight.

Traveling with little ones? San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, any one of which will provide a thrilling adventure with no screen time required. Visitors of all ages will find treasures at Historic Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S., where handcrafted art from local artisans is available alongside authentic Mexican food.

San Antonio is one of the biggest cities in the Lone Star State, so it is very easy to travel to other Texas destinations like Austin, Houston, and Dallas by bus or by train, or to destinations farther afield through the San Antonio International Airport.

Waco

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Waco, TX - WAO-1

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Waco lies deep in Texas' heartland, and it is one of the most culturally unique cities in the state, offering a real treat to all travelers. You might be familiar with Waco thanks to the influence of Chip & Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame). To see the Gaines' full impact on Waco, visit the Magnolia Market At The Silos, a premier shopping area for locals and tourists alike. Here you can buy plenty of unique home decor items, and you can even go picnicking with your friends on the green fields within the area!

Waco is also comparatively famous for its many antique stores, so don't hesitate to check out local favorites such as La Salle Shoppes and Junque in the Trunk. You should also consider visiting the famous Dr. Pepper Museum and exploring the secrets behind the nation's most popular soft drink.

Waco offers a wide range of culinary options for tourists. If you are into a delectable breakfast with your friends and family, check out Magnolia Table (yes, that's in Magnolia Market!). For the best BBQ dishes around, don't miss out on Jasper's BBQ.

Although train service does not go directly into Waco, you can connect to Amtrak via several intercity bus lines or simply take a bus to destinations throughout Texas and beyond. Air travel is provided by Waco Regional Airport, about 6 miles away from the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Antonio?

Bus Terminal - 500 N St Marys St - SATGLI-0

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 500 N St Marys St

The San Antonio Bus Terminal on St. Mary’s Street is open 24 hours a day, and welcomes travelers on Jefferson Lines and Greyhound bus trips throughout Texas and beyond. Just a stone’s throw from the San Antonio River in downtown, the bus station offers connections to local transit via nearby public bus stops and ample parking for those who’d like to leave their car in a lot or garage. Fresh food can be purchased in the station, or stop by any one of the nearby cafes and restaurants for a bite before your trip.

All bus stations in San Antonio:

  • Bus Terminal - 500 N St Marys St

  • Tornado Bus Station

  • Pearl District - 612 Avenue A

Where does the bus arrive in Waco?

Main arrival station: 301 South 8th St

The station at 301 South 8th Street is a hub for local transit within Waco, as well as for Amtrak and Jefferson Lines buses. Intercity routes from Waco reach some of the best destinations in Texas, like Houston, Austin, and Dallas, plus further destinations all over the country. The brick station is open every day, and inside you’ll find an ATM, vending machines, restrooms, and an information desk. Ideally located in downtown Waco, the station is only one block from the famous Magnolia Market and its insta-ready silos, home goods, bakery, and more.

All bus stations in Waco:

  • 301 South 8th St

  • 1900 Speight Ave

  • 1020 S 5th St

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