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There are 5 ways to get from New Orleans to Austin by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Austin (AUS) MSY - AUS

$142 - $621

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Bus, Megabus  •  10 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, LA to Houston, TX New Orleans
  2. Take the Megabus from Houston, TX Pierce St to Austin

$35 - $74

3 alternative options

Bus  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Houston, Tx 1281 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx 9304 / ...

$61 - $149

Train, bus  •  13 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Houston Amtrak Station Sunset Limited
  2. Take the bus from Houston to Austin

$160 - $260

Drive  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Austin 511.2 miles

$50 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Austin is to bus and Megabus which costs $35 - $75 and takes 10 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Austin is to fly which costs $140 - $650 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Austin. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, LA and arriving at Austin via Houston, TX Pierce St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 55 min.

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The distance between New Orleans and Austin is 461 miles. The road distance is 511.2 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Austin without a car is to bus and Megabus which takes 10 h 55 min and costs $35 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to get from New Orleans to Austin, including transfers.

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New Orleans to Austin bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from New Orleans, LA station.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Austin is to fly which takes 3 h 42 min and costs $140 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus and Megabus, which costs $35 - $75 and takes 10 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from New Orleans Airport to Austin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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New Orleans to Austin bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Austin station.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Austin.
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  • Distance: 461.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 42 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines fly from New Orleans to Austin hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Austin via Houston, TX Pierce St in around 10 h 55 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to Austin
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Austin via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Austin via Dallas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Austin via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from New Orleans to Austin
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
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 New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Houston Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 18 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from New Orleans, LA to Houston, TX
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
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megabus.com
Bus from Houston, TX Pierce St to Austin
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $29
Book at
megabus.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 New Orleans, La to Houston, Tx
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95
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
Vonlane
Website
vonlane.com
Bus from Houston to Austin
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$99
Schedules at
vonlane.com
Book at
vonlane.com

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Austin is 511 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 37 min to drive from New Orleans to Austin.

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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from New Orleans Airport to Austin Airport.

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There are 638+ hotels available in Austin. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to New Orleans Airport is to Bus which takes 38 min and costs $1 - $17.

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