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There are 7 ways to get from Austin to Lake Charles by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Austin to Houston
  2. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Lake Charles, La 1254 / ...

$120 - $153

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Megabus, bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the Megabus from Austin to Houston, TX Pierce St
  2. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Lake Charles, La 1254 / ...

$36 - $81

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Train  •  13h 29m

  1. Take the train from Austin Amtrak Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station Texas Eagle
  2. Take the train from San Antonio Amtrak Station to Lake Charles Amtrak Station Sunset Limited

$83 - $218

Bus, night bus  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Austin to Houston
  2. Take the night bus from Houston, Tx to Lake Charles, La 1248

$119 - $153

Drive  •  5h 13m

  1. Drive from Austin to Lake Charles 308.2 miles

$30 - $45

Fly from Austin  •  4h 26m

  1. Fly from Austin (AUS) to Lake Charles (LCH) AUS - LCH

$183 - $880

Drive to Killeen, fly  •  5h 15m

  1. Drive from Austin to Killeen
  2. Fly from Killeen (GRK) to Lake Charles (LCH) GRK - LCH

$218 - $1,036

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The cheapest way to get from Austin to Lake Charles is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Austin to Lake Charles is to fly which costs $180 - $900 and takes 4h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Austin to Lake Charles. However, there are services departing from Austin and arriving at Lake Charles, La via Lamar St @ Louisiana St and Houston, Tx. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 43m.

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No, there is no direct train from Austin station to Lake Charles station. However, there are services departing from Austin Amtrak Station and arriving at Lake Charles Amtrak Station via San Antonio Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 29m.

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The distance between Austin and Lake Charles is 273 miles. The road distance is 308.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Austin to Lake Charles without a car is to bus which takes 7h 43m and costs $120 - $160.

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It takes approximately 7h 43m to get from Austin to Lake Charles, including transfers.

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Austin to Lake Charles bus services, operated by Vonlane, depart from Austin station.

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Austin to Lake Charles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Austin Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Austin to Lake Charles is to bus which takes 7h 43m and costs $120 - $160. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $80 - $220 and takes 13h 29m, you could also fly, which costs $180 - $900 and takes 4h 26m.

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Map of how to get from Austin to Lake Charles.
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  • Distance: 272.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 43m

What companies run services between Austin, TX, USA and Lake Charles, LA, USA?

You can take a bus from Austin to Lake Charles via Houston, Lamar St @ Louisiana St, Louisiana St @ Preston St, and Houston, Tx in around 7h 43m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Austin to Lake Charles via San Antonio Amtrak Station in around 13h 29m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Austin to Lake Charles via Houston
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Killeen to Lake Charles via Houston
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Austin to Lake Charles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Killeen to Lake Charles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
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 Austin Amtrak Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from San Antonio Amtrak Station to Lake Charles Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
9h 4m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Vonlane
Website
vonlane.com
Bus from Austin to Houston
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$99
Schedules at
vonlane.com
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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 Houston, Tx to Lake Charles, La
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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There is no direct flight from Austin Airport to Lake Charles Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 49m and has one stopover.

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Austin to Lake Charles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Lake Charles, La station.

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Austin to Lake Charles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Lake Charles Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Austin to Lake Charles is 308 miles. It takes approximately 5h 13m to drive from Austin to Lake Charles.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Austin Airport to Lake Charles Airport.

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There are 58+ hotels available in Lake Charles. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Austin to Austin Airport is to line 20 bus which takes 25m and costs $1 - $4.

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