There are 8 ways to get from Houston to South Padre Island by plane, bus, shuttle, train, night bus or car

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

Fly Houston to Brownsville  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Brownsville (BRO) IAH - BRO

$121 - $653

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus, shuttle  •  14 h 6 min

  1. Take the night bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio to Harlingen, Tx
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas

$113 - $176

6 alternative options

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Harlingen  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Harlingen (HRL) HOU - HRL

$171 - $331

Fly Houston to Harlingen  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Harlingen (HRL) IAH - HRL

$151 - $503

Fly Houston to McAllen, bus, shuttle  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to McAllen (MFE) IAH - MFE
  2. Take the bus from Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas

$216 - $627

Bus  •  10 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx 9095 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897

$129 - $227

Train, bus  •  12 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak Sunset Limited
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx 897

$150 - $275

Drive  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Houston to South Padre Island 374.9 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Houston to South Padre Island is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 7 h 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to South Padre Island is to fly which costs $120 - $700 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The distance between Houston and South Padre Island is 277 miles. The road distance is 374.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Houston to South Padre Island without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 9 min and costs $120 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from Houston to South Padre Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Houston to South Padre Island is to fly which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $120 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $230 and takes 10 h 9 min.

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The quickest flight from Houston Airport to Brownsville Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Houston to South Padre Island is 375 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 41 min to drive from Houston to South Padre Island.

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United Airlines offers flights from Houston Airport to Brownsville Airport.

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There are 750+ hotels available in South Padre Island. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Houston to South Padre Island.
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  • Distance: 277.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 40 min

What companies run services between Houston, TX, USA and South Padre Island, TX, USA?

United Airlines flies from Houston to South Padre Island 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Houston to South Padre Island via San Antonio, Tx and Brownsville, Tx in around 10 h 9 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to Brownsville
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Houston to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
Flights from Houston to McAllen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
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 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
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 Mcallen, Tx to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Brownsville, Tx
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from McAllen, TX to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Antonio to Harlingen, Tx
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
South Padre Shuttle
Website
southpadreshuttle.com
Shuttle from Rio Grande Valley International Airport to South Padre Island, Texas
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
myrioride.bookingtool.net

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