The driving distance from Houston, Texas to Austin, Texas is:

162 miles / 261 km

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Driving distance from Houston, TX to Austin, TX

The total driving distance from Houston, TX to Austin, TX is 162 miles or 261 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Houston, Texas. It ends in Austin, Texas.

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You’ll find Austin very different from Houston. Austin is at the edge of the Texas Hill Country where wildflowers grow and Southern charm still exists. Stay and visit Austin for a few days before heading to the hill country.

While in Austin take advantage of the free guided-walking tours that start from the South entrance of the Capitol building. A guide will walk you through Congress Avenue, E. Sixth Avenue or The Bremond Block Historic District.

Learn about the history and architecture of important buildings like the Millet Opera House, Robinson-Rosner Building St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. David’s Church.

The Bremond Block Historic District tour will show you life of Victorian-era high society including the John Bremond collection of homes. You must make reservations in advance for both walking tours. Find out more at

Austin’s night scene is lively. The city offers over 200 venues with nightly rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows. The Continental Club may be the place to be. It has been around since 1957 and is known as “Granddaddy of Austin music venues.”

Houston, Texas

City: Houston
State: Texas
Country: United States
Category: cities

Austin, Texas

City: Austin
State: Texas
Country: United States
Category: cities

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