How to Travel from Houston to Corpus Christi by Bus, Car, and Plane

Corpus Christi Texas
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Although most travelers head to Corpus Christi for the beach, the city itself has several unique cultural attractions that you won’t find anywhere else in the Lone Star State, like the historic USS Lexington, the Selena Museum, and the Art Museum of South Texas. That being said, you just can’t beat the remote coastal beauty of Padre Island National Seashore and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, or the proximity to some of the best beaches on the Gulf.

Conveniently for those living in or visiting Houston, Corpus Christi is located a 3.5-hour drive from the city, making for a feasible weekend getaway. The journey is 211 miles long, or 340 kilometers, and there are a few different ways to make the trip: by car, bus, or plane.

Travelers who would prefer to take the bus would do well to book with Greyhound, as this is the only bus line operator that runs a direct route between Houston and Corpus. Flying can be relatively quick and convenient, too; a direct flight is just a little over an hour, and round-trip tickets can cost as low as $100, depending on when you book. The drive from city to city is a fairly easy—though if you’re traveling during rush hour, the journey may take significantly longer than normal.   

How to Get From Houston to Corpus Christi
   Time Cost  Best For 
 Plane 1 hour, 4 minutes from $120  Arriving on a time crunch
 Bus 3 hours, 45 minutes from $15 Traveling on a budget
 Car 3 hours, 20 minutes  211 miles (340 kilometers) Exploring the local area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Houston to Corpus Christi?

Compared to driving, taking the bus from Houston to Corpus Christi can be the cheaper form of transit—though this is dependent on the price of gas at the time of your trip and whether you'd need to rent a car. A one-way Greyhound ticket typically costs anywhere between $15 and $30.

The bus is also a stress-free mode of transit—especially if you want to nap or read while you're in transit—as well as the most eco-friendly. (Planes consume more energy and release more greenhouse gases into the air than any other form of transportation, followed by cars).

Greyhound operates a bus from downtown Houston to downtown Corpus Christi twice per day. The bus departs from the Greyhound station at 2121 Main St. in Houston; the Greyhound station in Corpus is located at 602 N Staples St.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Houston to Corpus Christi?

A direct flight from Houston to Corpus Christi is relatively short, provided that you book with United, as this is the only airline carrier that offers nonstop flights between the two cities (Southwest typically does as well, but flights were unavailable at the time of writing). The flight takes just over an hour, though this does not account for the time it takes to get to the airport, check your bags, go through security, and then travel to your final destination in Corpus.

Flying is usually the most expensive option, with round-trip tickets generally costing anywhere from $100 to $250. That being said, if you have miles to use or you simply prefer flying, the United direct flight is certainly a good option. 

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston is massive, with five terminals and 25 airlines offering service; that said, it’s important to give yourself ample time to get through security and on to your gate. IAH isn’t hard to navigate, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution when flying in and out of Houston. If you end up giving yourself too much time, luckily there are a whopping 10 airport lounges to hang out in.

How Long Does It Take to Drive?

The journey by car from Houston to Corpus usually takes around 3.5 hours, depending on traffic and stops. To prevent being stuck in traffic, which can extend the trip by over an hour or more, you should plan to avoid rush hour at either end of the day, if at all possible. The route between the two cities is a straight shot along US-59.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

While the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) covers 841 square miles, the public bus system does not serve Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP). To get to your final destination, you will either need to rent a car or hail a cab or rideshare. Some hotels also provide airport shuttle service; check to see if this option is available when booking accommodation.

What Is There to Do in Corpus Christi?

Corpus Christi is one of the largest ports in the U.S., and there’s plenty to see and do here. With more than 130 miles of beaches, the city is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the Gulf Coast. Nature fans should check out the Corpus Christi Bay Trail, the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, all of which offer a unique look at the coastal beauty of Corpus. Some of the most noteworthy local museums include the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Texas Surf Museum, the Selena Museum, and the USS Lexington.

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