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

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Bus  •  3 h 45 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 Amtrak 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  •  4 h 39 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  •  4 h 51 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 35 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  •  5 h 43 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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The distance between Houston and San Marcos is 156 miles. The road distance is 166 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to get from Houston to San Marcos, including transfers.

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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 3 h 45 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 Amtrak via San Antonio Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 42 min.

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

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  • Distance: 155.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 45 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 3 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Houston to San Marcos via San Antonio Amtrak in around 7 h 42 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to Austin
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Houston to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $490
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Austin
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
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 Amtrak
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
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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
Hourly
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 20 minutes
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$19 - $25

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