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

4 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak 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  •  4 h 56 min

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

$104 - $384

Bus to Baton Rouge, fly  •  6 h 23 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 takes 3 h 28 min and costs $20 - $30.

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The distance between New Orleans and Lake Charles is 302 km. The road distance is 331 km.

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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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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 Amtrak and arriving at Lake Charles Amtrak. Services depart six times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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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 6 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
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 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 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles via Houston
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Lake Charles Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
6 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
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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