Houston to Austin Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $11
Fastest Way Flight — 50min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 16 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 146 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Alaska Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United, PublicCharters.com, Multiple Airlines
$11 · 2h 49min · 16 lb of CO2
Houston to Austin
+4 more options
$61 · 5h 22min · 66 lb of CO2
+2 more options
$87 · 50min · 75 lb of CO2
+1 more option

Houston to Austin Flights

There are 2 airports — HOU, IAH — that make sense to fly out of from Houston and 1 airports — AUS — to access Austin. The best deals are usually found by flying out of IAH.

United, Southwest Airlines, jetBlue, Alaska Airlines operate flights which can help you travel from Houston to Austin.

The cheapest way by air is via United and flies from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) to Austin Bergstrom Intl (AUS). Southwest Airlines flies from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) to Austin Bergstrom Intl (AUS) and is the quickest flight to get you from Houston to Austin.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Austin from Houston, a flight is the quickest method.
$20 · 2h 46min · 32 lb of CO2
Houston to Austin

Drive from Houston to Austin

It's 147 miles between Houston to Austin. On a typical day, it might take between 2h 46min and 2h 54min from Houston to Austin under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 3h 3min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Austin by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $19.

What is the best way to travel from Houston to Austin?

The are 10 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Houston to Austin. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Houston towards Austin, as it is the cheapest to Austin. It's common to find tickets for as low as $11. Greyhound operates from Houston to Austin, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Houston to Austin?

On your trip from Houston to Austin, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from Houston to Austin TX?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Houston to Austin. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Austin is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Houston/Austin buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Houston is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Houston TX and Austin during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Houston to Austin? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Austin traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Austin is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Houston to Austin?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Houston to Austin is by bus. The bus costs $11 roughly and will take 2 hours 49 minutes.

Does Amtrak go from Houston to Austin?

Yes, Amtrak has serivce between Houston area and Austin, but there is no direct route. In total, it will take roughly 6 hours. We recommend catching the train at HOS Houston Amtrak, which is about 1 miles from Houston. Also with this train or you will have to make a connection at SAS San Antonio.

How long does it take from Houston to Austin by car?

The total distance between Houston and Austin is 147 miles and will take you about 2 hours 46 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $20.

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound Greyhound from Houston to Austin
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
Amtrak Amtrak from Houston to Austin
Useful Links Map Coverage Schedule Pet Policy Website
Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Houston to Austin
jetBlue jetBlue from Houston to Austin
Useful Links Website
Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Houston to Austin
United United from Houston to Austin
Useful Links Map Reservations Coverage Baggage Website
Damaged, Delayed, or Lost Luggage & Lost Items1-800-335-2247
PublicCharters.com PublicCharters.com from Houston to Austin