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There are 7 ways to get from Houston to San Marcos by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx 9304 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx 895 / ...

$32 - $72

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Train  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak Sunset Limited
  2. Take the train from San Antonio Amtrak to San Marcos Intermodal Station Texas Eagle

$67 - $153

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Houston to San Marcos 166 miles

$16 - $24

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Austin, bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Austin (AUS) HOU - AUS
  2. Take the bus from Austin, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$123 - $461

Fly Houston to Austin, bus  •  5 h 40 min

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

$113 - $423

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to San Antonio, bus  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to San Antonio (SAT) HOU - SAT
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to San Marcos, Tx

$204 - $278

Fly Houston to San Antonio, bus  •  6 h 1 min

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

$124 - $450

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The cheapest way to get from Houston to San Marcos is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to San Marcos is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Houston to San Marcos. However, there are services departing from Houston, Tx and arriving at San Marcos, Tx via Austin, Tx. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Houston to San Marcos station. However, there are services departing from Houston Amtrak and arriving at San Marcos Intermodal Station via San Antonio Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 42 min.

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The distance between Houston and San Marcos is 156 miles. The road distance is 166 miles.

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The best way to get from Houston to San Marcos without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $30 - $75.

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to get from Houston to San Marcos, including transfers.

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Houston to San Marcos bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Houston, Tx station.

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Houston to San Marcos train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Houston Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Houston to San Marcos is to bus which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $30 - $75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $65 - $160 and takes 7 h 42 min.

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Map of how to get from Houston to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 155.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

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

You can take a bus from Houston to San Marcos via Austin, Tx in around 4 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Houston to San Marcos via San Antonio Amtrak in around 7 h 42 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Austin
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to Austin
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Houston to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $490
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $290
Train from San Antonio Amtrak to San Marcos Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
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 Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
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 quickest flight from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to Austin Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Houston to San Marcos bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Marcos, Tx station.

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Houston to San Marcos train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Marcos Intermodal Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Houston to San Marcos is 166 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to drive from Houston to San Marcos.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to Austin Airport.

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Book your Houston to San Marcos bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 175+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $59 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Houston to Houston Hobby Apt Airport is to line 040 bus which takes 51 min and costs $2.

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