New Orleans is a huge drawcard for tourists both domestic and international, with about 9 million visitors per year. The city's infectious spirit, troubled yet fascinating history, magnificent landmarks, and love of music makes New Orleans one of the top destinations in the U.S. New Orleans also enjoys relatively warm weather all year round, meaning that tourists flock to the 'Big Easy' for day trips, weekends, longer getaways, and vacations. If you're traveling from one of New Orleans' neighboring states, or if you live within the state of Louisiana then driving to New Orleans may be the best way to get to the Crescent City. For this reason, we've set out a guide as to how many miles and how many hours it will take you to get to New Orleans from its neighboring cities. 

How far is Baton Rouge from New Orleans? 

Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana and is located along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The second-largest city after New Orleans, the name 'Baton Rouge' roughly translates to "red stick", and was given to the city by the Frenchman who founded it. Many people from Baton Rouge come to New Orleans for a day trip or for a weekend as it's only 81 miles away, or 60 minutes by car. 

How far is Biloxi from New Orleans? 

Enjoying a humid, subtropical climate thanks to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi was first settled back in 1699 making it one of the oldest cities in America. While Biloxi is located around 91 miles from New Orleans, many tourists travel between the two destinations as it only takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there by car. This makes New Orleans the perfect city for a day trip, or a weekend away. 

How far is Pensacola from New Orleans?

Pensacola is located within the state of Florida, roughly 200 miles from New Orleans. If you wanted to travel to the Crescent City from Pensacola, then the most convenient and time-efficient way to do it would be by plane but it costs upwards of $200USD for a ticket. However, if you did want to do a road trip between the two destinations then it would take you just under 3 hours, making New Orleans the perfect place for a longer vacation. 

How far is Lake Charles from New Orleans? 

With strong Creole and Cajun influences due to its location in the state of Louisiana, Lake Charles is surrounded by three bodies of water; Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and Calcasieu River. While this city is located in the same state as New Orleans, it still takes around 3 hours to travel between the two cities. This 205-mile journey does make for a good road trip though and the final destination of New Orleans is more than worth the car ride. 

How far is Houston from New Orleans? 

Located in the state of Texas, Houston is the largest city in the Southwest with millions of inhabitants. Houston is around 347 miles from New Orleans; a journey that would take you just under 5 hours to travel by car. Because of this reason, many people who wish to visit New Orleans do so by plane as the flight is just over an hour. The cost of flying is also relatively inexpensive with the majority of flights sitting around $100AUD. 

How far is Lafayette from New Orleans?

Named after the Marquis de Lafayette who fought alongside American troops in the American Revolution, this small city has a subtropical climate and frequently sees wild weather including flooding, hurricanes, and other tropical storms. A road trip between Lafayette and New Orleans will take you just under 2 and a half hours with the journey being 135 miles, making it the perfect destination for a longer vacation.

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