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There are 8 ways to get from Arlington to San Marcos by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Fort Worth Amtrak Station to San Marcos Amtrak Texas Eagle

$65 - $144

Cheapest option

Megabus, bus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the Megabus from DFW-Grand Prairie, Texas to Austin, Tx
  2. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx 895 / ...

$48 - $84

6 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Dallas, Tx to San Marcos, Tx 895 / ...

$59 - $102

Drive  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Arlington to San Marcos 229.9 miles

$22 - $35

Fly Dallas/Ft.Worth to Austin, bus  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) to Austin (AUS) DFW - AUS
  2. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$125 - $349

Fly Dallas to Austin, bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Dallas (DAL) to Austin (AUS) DAL - AUS
  2. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$168 - $404

Fly Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Antonio, bus  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) to San Antonio (SAT) DFW - SAT
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$176 - $296

Fly Dallas to San Antonio, bus  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Dallas (DAL) to San Antonio (SAT) DAL - SAT
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$259 - $531

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The cheapest way to get from Arlington to San Marcos is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Arlington to San Marcos is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 43 min.

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The distance between Arlington and San Marcos is 204 miles. The road distance is 229.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Arlington to San Marcos without a car is to train which takes 6 h 35 min and costs $65 - $150.

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It takes approximately 6 h 35 min to get from Arlington to San Marcos, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Arlington to San Marcos is to train which takes 6 h 35 min and costs $65 - $150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $110 and takes 6 h 33 min.

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The quickest flight from Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport to Austin Airport is the direct flight which takes 56 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Arlington to San Marcos is 230 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to drive from Arlington to San Marcos.

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American Airlines offers flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport to Austin Airport.

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There are 177+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Arlington to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 204.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 35 min

What companies run services between Arlington, TX, USA and San Marcos, TX, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Arlington to San Marcos once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 5 h 2 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Arlington to San Marcos every 3 hours. Tickets cost $27 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 40 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Dallas to Austin
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Flights from Dallas to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
Flights from Dallas to San Antonio via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to Austin
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $450
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $450
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Fort Worth Amtrak Station to San Marcos Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Dallas, Tx to San Marcos, Tx
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $65
Bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to San Marcos, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$19 - $25

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The best way to get from Arlington to Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport is to taxi which takes 17 min and costs $30 - $40.

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