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Bus  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Houston Downtown to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal 2211 / ...

$27 - $60

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Train  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the train from Houston to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Sunset Limited

$50 - $70

Drive  •  5h 47m

  1. Drive from Houston to New Orleans 348.9 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to New Orleans  •  4h 25m

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to New Orleans (MSY) HOU - MSY

$88 - $603

Fly Houston to New Orleans  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to New Orleans (MSY) IAH - MSY

$38 - $185

Fly Houston to Baton Rouge, bus  •  5h 24m

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Baton Rouge (BTR) IAH - BTR
  2. Take the bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

Fly Houston to Gulfport/Biloxi, bus  •  6h 1m

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Gulfport/Biloxi (GPT) IAH - GPT
  2. Take the bus from Biloxi Transit Center to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

Houston to New Orleans by bus

The bus journey time between Houston and New Orleans is around 6h 39m and covers a distance of around 361 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 6h 5m. Operated by FlixBus-us, Greyhound USA and Megabus, the Houston to New Orleans bus service departs from Houston Downtown and arrives in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Typically 29 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
6h 39m
Fastest bus time:
6h 5m
Buses per week:
29
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
72 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
08:30
Last bus departs at:
23:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Houston to New Orleans bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Houston to New Orleans is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to New Orleans is to fly which costs $85 - $650 and takes 4h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Houston Downtown and arriving at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Houston and arriving at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. Services depart six times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 9h 30m.

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The distance between Houston and New Orleans is 319 miles. The road distance is 348.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Houston to New Orleans without a car is to bus which takes 6h 5m and costs $27 - $60.

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The bus from Houston Downtown to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal takes 6h 5m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Houston to New Orleans bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Houston Downtown station.

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Houston to New Orleans train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Houston station.

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The best way to get from Houston to New Orleans is to bus which takes 6h 5m and costs $27 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $50 - $70 and takes 9h 30m, you could also fly, which costs $85 - $650 and takes 4h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Houston to New Orleans.
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  • Distance: 319 miles
  • Duration: 6h 5m

What companies run services between Houston, TX, USA and New Orleans, LA, USA?

FlixBus-us operates a bus from Houston Downtown to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal twice daily, and the journey takes 6h 5m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Houston to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal 6 times a week. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 9h 30m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Houston to Baton Rouge
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $370
Flights from Houston to Gulfport/Biloxi
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to New Orleans via Austin
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Houston to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Houston to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $240
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 Houston to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $70
Premium
$230 - $320
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Seat
$90 - $140
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Houston Downtown to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Biloxi Transit Center to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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 Houston to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $100
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Book at
megabus.com

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The quickest flight from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to New Orleans Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Houston to New Orleans bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal station.

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Houston to New Orleans train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Houston to New Orleans is 349 miles. It takes approximately 5h 47m to drive from Houston to New Orleans.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to New Orleans Airport.

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The best way to get from Houston to Houston Hobby Apt Airport is to line 040 bus which takes 50 min and costs $2.

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