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There are 7 ways to get from New Orleans to Padre Island by plane, taxi, night bus, bus, train or car

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Fly New Orleans to Harlingen  •  5h 6m

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Harlingen (HRL) MSY - HRL

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Bus  •  23h 21m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Austin Downtown 2211
  2. Take the bus from Austin to Harlingen "Greyhound"

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Fly New Orleans to McAllen, taxi  •  5h 54m

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to McAllen (MFE) MSY - MFE
  2. Take a taxi from McAllen to Santa Rosa

Night bus to Baton Rouge, fly to Harlingen  •  6h 32m

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

Bus via Houston  •  20h 35m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans to Houston
  2. Take the bus from Houston to San Antonio
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio to Harlingen

Train, bus  •  24h 29m

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to San Antonio Amtrak Station Sunset Limited
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio to Harlingen "Greyhound"

Drive  •  12h 35m

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Harlingen 678.5 miles

New Orleans to Padre Island by bus

The bus journey time between New Orleans and Padre Island is around 20h 35m and covers a distance of around 954 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 2h. Operated by Greyhound USA, the New Orleans to Padre Island bus service departs from New Orleans and arrives in Harlingen. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Buses
20h 35m Average Duration
$107 Cheapest Price
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The cost-effective way to get from New Orleans to Padre Island is to drive, which costs $65 - $100 and takes 12h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Padre Island is to fly which costs $100 - $400 and takes 5h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Padre Island. However, there are services departing from New Orleans and arriving at Harlingen via Houston and San Antonio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 35m.

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The distance between New Orleans and Padre Island is 495 miles. The road distance is 678.5 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Padre Island without a car is to bus via Houston which takes 20h 35m and costs $100 - $170.

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It takes approximately 5h 6m to get from New Orleans to Padre Island, including transfers.

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New Orleans to Padre Island bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New Orleans station.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Padre Island is to fly which takes 5h 6m and costs $100 - $400. Alternatively, you can bus via Houston, which costs $100 - $170 and takes 20h 35m.

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Harlingen Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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New Orleans to Padre Island bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Harlingen station.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Padre Island.
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  • Distance: 495.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 6m

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from New Orleans to Harlingen hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Harlingen via Houston and San Antonio in around 20h 35m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Harlingen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from New Orleans to McAllen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from New Orleans to McAllen via Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Baton Rouge to Harlingen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Harlingen via Houston
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from New Orleans to McAllen via Houston
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Baton Rouge to Harlingen via Houston
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to Harlingen via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Flights from New Orleans to Harlingen via Dallas
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from New Orleans to Harlingen via Austin
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $400
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to San Antonio Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Seat
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Baton Rouge
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Austin Downtown
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
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 New Orleans to Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $95
Bus from Houston to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $70
Bus from San Antonio to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
Bus from Austin to Harlingen
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $75
Flexible
$80 - $120
Other operators
Taxi from McAllen to Santa Rosa
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Taxi service
Phone
+52 899 223 4178
Website
facebook.com
Multi Taxis Seguros
Phone
+52 899 902 0307
Website
multitaxisseguros.com.mx
City Taxi
Phone
+52 899 143 5516
Website
citytaxireynosa.com

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Padre Island is 679 miles. It takes approximately 12h 35m to drive from New Orleans to Padre Island.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from New Orleans Airport to Harlingen Airport.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to New Orleans Airport is to line 202 bus which takes 40 min and costs $2.

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