Introduction: How to Get There
El Paso, Texas is located in the southwestern part of the United States on the Mexican border. Odessa, Texas is situated in West Texas on Interstate 10 just north of El Paso and about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The easiest way to get from El Paso to Odessa is to drive. You can also take a bus, or other forms of transportation.
The distance is about 100 miles between El Paso and Odessa. The drive takes about 2-3 hours. A bus ride can take an hour to get to Odessa, but you have to catch the bus in San Elizario, Texas which is another 45 miles away from El Paso. The bus trip time before that is around 1 hour and 15 minutes though. So you will probably want to drive if you can.
In the order that I got here, I took a bus from El Paso that had been chartered by a company called Greyhound. Greyhound is the largest intercity bus company in North America, and one of the biggest in the world. They provide pickup and drop off services to most of their destinations between cities. In El Paso they have a station on Interstate 10 west of downtown.
How Much Does it Cost?
Direct one-way travel from El Paso to Odessa is about $50. The trip lasts a little over four hours, and the cost is approximately $5 a person. The bus trip is slightly more expensive, costing approximately $40 one-way. The bus takes about four and a half hours to make the trip, but it takes overnight to make the return trip from Odessa to El Paso. The only way to avoid spending money on transportation is to fly directly between the two cities, which costs about $80 round-trip for a nonstop flight.
While in Odessa, tourists who want to get around can rent a car for about $35 a day. This will enable them to travel anywhere in Midland-Odessa. The bus is a viable option for transportation, but it is not always convenient or cost-effective. The Greyhound station is located at the corner of 11th and Colquitt Streets. Tickets are also available from the station’s ticket office at 1203 East University in Odessa. It is open daily from 9:00am until 3:30pm. Tickets are also available online at Greyhound.com
What are the Different Options?
There are three kinds of options to consider when traveling between El Paso and Odessa. The first is the direct bus or van that travels directly between the two cities. This option is cheaper and takes only a few hours to make the ride, but it takes overnight to complete the trip. The second option, which takes a bit more time, is to take El Paso-Odessa Bus Lines’ alternate route on Interstate 10. The trip takes approximately four and a half hours and costs at least $20. The final option is to fly between the cities, which is the most expensive and takes the longest time. Flights between El Paso and Odessa begin at $119 round-trip, but you can save some money by flying on Southwest Airlines’ Community Express Service. This option takes about four hours to reach Odessa, and it costs approximately $39 round-trip.
The last option is the cheapest, but it takes the longest time and it is inconvenient. The service that goes through El Paso-Odessa Bus Lines is one of few alternate routes between El Paso and Odessa, but the first two options are the more popular choices.
What Should I Pack?
The trip between El Paso and Odessa should be relatively easy to navigate due to the amount of traffic on Interstate 10. Once you reach Odessa, however, you may want to make sure that your vehicle has a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for your trip back. Other things that you should remember include having water and snacks, as well as any personal items that you need for short trips over a long period of time. Be sure that your vehicle has winter or four-wheel drive, along with enough fuel to reach Odessa, if necessary.
Other Things to Remember
If available, you may want to pack spare clothes and a blanket in case there is an emergency and your vehicle breaks down and you are forced to stay in it for several hours. It is also a good idea to take a phone charger for your phone and unplug any devices that use the cigarette lighter as a power source. If you have any pets, be sure that they have food and water for the trip.
What Are the Scenic Routes & Activities Along the Way?
Briefly, there are approximately four scenic routes and activities along the way between El Paso, Texas and Odessa. The first scenic route is the Perchas Pass Scenic Highway which can be found just outside El Paso. The second scenic route is known as Mesa de Ocampo State Park which can be reached from Odessa. This park has a museum that depicts Hispanic culture as well as miles of hiking trails. The third scenic route is located in the Guadalupe Mountains and can be reached from El Paso. This area has several waterfalls that form small lakes. The final scenic route is the Guadalupe Peak Scenic Drive which leaves from Odessa and travels to Guadalupe Peak, which stands at an elevation of 8,749 feet above sea level.
It is a common belief that the area was populated by Native Americans for quite some time before the Spanish came. It is not known exactly when these particular tribes migrated to this area, but it was usually after 1600.
The first Spanish explorers arrived in this part of Texas in 1598 and in 1689, Juan de Oñate passed through the area and established Puerta de Tierra, now San Elizario. It was in 1777 when the San Elizario Presidio was established, but it was called Paso del Norte until 1848.