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There are 7 ways to get from Austin to McAllen by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via San Antonio, Tx  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Antonio, Tx 9403 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Mcallen, Tx 897 / ...

$43 - $102

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Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to Mcallen, Tx 897 / ...

$35 - $85

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Train, bus  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Austin Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak Texas Eagle
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Mcallen, Tx 897 / ...

$58 - $130

Drive  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Austin to McAllen 312.4 miles

$30 - $45

Fly to McAllen  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Austin (AUS) to McAllen (MFE) AUS - MFE

$256 - $1,210

Fly to Harlingen, bus  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Austin (AUS) to Harlingen (HRL) AUS - HRL
  2. Take the bus from Harlingen, Tx to McAllen, TX

$197 - $618

Fly to Brownsville, bus  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Austin (AUS) to Brownsville (BRO) AUS - BRO
  2. Take the bus from Brownsville, TX to McAllen, TX

$219 - $456

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The cheapest way to get from Austin to McAllen is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Austin to McAllen is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $650 and takes 4 h 31 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Austin, Tx and arriving at Mcallen, Tx. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Austin and McAllen is 284 miles. The road distance is 312.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Austin to McAllen without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 25 min and costs $40 - $110.

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It takes approximately 6 h 25 min to get from Austin to McAllen, including transfers.

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Austin to McAllen bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Austin, Tx station.

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The best way to get from Austin to McAllen is to bus which takes 6 h 25 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $250 - $1,300 and takes 4 h 37 min.

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There is no direct flight from Austin Airport to McAllen Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 6 min and has one stopover.

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Austin to McAllen bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Mcallen, Tx station.

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Map of how to get from Austin to McAllen.
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  • Distance: 284 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 25 min

What companies run services between Austin, TX, USA and McAllen, TX, USA?

You can take a bus from Austin to McAllen via San Antonio, Tx in around 6 h 25 min. Alternatively, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Austin to McAllen hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Austin to McAllen via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Austin to Brownsville via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Austin to McAllen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to Brownsville via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Austin to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to Harlingen via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Austin Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
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 Austin, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Austin, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Bus from Harlingen, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Brownsville, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Harlingen, Tx to McAllen, TX
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Brownsville, TX to McAllen, TX
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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Yes, the driving distance between Austin to McAllen is 312 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 42 min to drive from Austin to McAllen.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Austin Airport to McAllen Airport.

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There are 89+ hotels available in McAllen. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Austin to Austin Airport is to line 20 bus which takes 28 min and costs $1 - $4.

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