There are 5 ways to get from New Orleans to Lake Charles by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Lake Charles, La 1259 / ...

$25 - $65

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Train  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Lake Charles Amtrak Sunset Limited

$40 - $110

Drive  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Lake Charles 206.8 miles

$20 - $30

Fly from New Orleans  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Lake Charles (LCH) MSY - LCH

$104 - $384

Bus to Baton Rouge, fly  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Baton Rouge, La
  2. Fly from Baton Rouge (BTR) to Lake Charles (LCH) BTR - LCH

$215 - $882

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The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Lake Charles is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Lake Charles is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at Lake Charles, La. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and arriving at Lake Charles Amtrak. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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The distance between New Orleans and Lake Charles is 189 miles. The road distance is 206.8 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Lake Charles without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $25 - $65.

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The bus from New Orleans, La to Lake Charles, La takes 4 h 35 min including transfers and departs every 15 minutes.

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New Orleans to Lake Charles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New Orleans, La station.

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New Orleans to Lake Charles train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal station.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Lake Charles is to bus which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $25 - $65. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $110 and takes 4 h 55 min, you could also fly, which costs $100 - $390 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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  • Distance: 189 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

What companies run services between New Orleans, LA, USA and Lake Charles, LA, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from New Orleans to Lake Charles every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $25 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 35 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from New Orleans to Lake Charles 3 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 4 h 55 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Lake Charles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Lake Charles via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Lake Charles Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$210 - $290
Bus operators
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, La to Lake Charles, La
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from New Orleans, La to Baton Rouge, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Lake Charles Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 28 min and has one stopover.

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

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New Orleans to Lake Charles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Lake Charles Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Lake Charles is 207 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to drive from New Orleans to Lake Charles.

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Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from New Orleans Airport to Lake Charles Airport.

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Book your New Orleans to Lake Charles bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 57+ hotels available in Lake Charles. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to New Orleans Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs $1 - $17.

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