Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, sits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river, about an hour’s drive from New Orleans. Its sub-tropical climate means that it’s warm or hot for much of the year, with only a couple of months of cool weather and occasional snowy or icy conditions. The most popular time to visit is during the early summer. Temperatures in June and July peak around 92 degrees Fahrenheit so be sure to pack your sunscreen and hat. Spring is the next busiest tourist season, and the city is particularly lovely with spring blossoms and daily high temperatures of 74 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If you visit during the fall, you’ll find that fewer tourists means you can find good deals on rooms and flights to Baton Rouge. From December – February, with high temperatures averaging between 62 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around the freezing mark, it can be quite chilly. Baton Rouge even experiences the occasional snow or sleet storm, and icy conditions that can make roads treacherous. Visitors from the north may scoff at these temperatures, but as a city unaccustomed to this kind of weather, with a little snow on the ground Baton Rouge grinds to a standstill. February usually sees a spike in tourism around Mardi Gras, when the city is bursting with parades and parties.
In general, August is the cheapest month to fly from United States to Baton Rouge. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around $281. If you’re not able to fly to Baton Rouge in August, then June is your next best option. Flight prices from United States to Baton Rouge during June average around $302.
The ideal time to book your flight to Baton Rouge is 51 days in advance when prices tend to average $356. Don’t hesitate to check prices now though because momondo users recently found tickets for as low as $174.
The cheapest day to depart on your flight to Baton Rouge is on a Saturday when prices can be found for as low as $290. This is often the case because there is less demand to fly during this day of the week. When flying out on a Friday, the most expensive travel day of the week, you can expect to see flight prices from United States to Baton Rouge for around $402.
Flying to Baton Rouge from United States at noon is the least expensive time of day to depart. momondo users have found prices as low as $334 when looking at flights departing at noon. Flights in the evening are often more expensive with an average ticket price of $377.
Users planning a flight to Baton Rouge during the months of January, July, or August should anticipate rain. There are still things to do in Baton Rouge even when its raining, though. While in Baton Rouge you will find LSU Rural Life Museum nearby which is a great museum to visit when you’re looking for things to do indoors. Many tourists kill time during rain and storms by going to shopping centers in the area, like Mall of Louisiana.
During the warmer months, hikers around the Baton Rouge area find that parks like City Park are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Baton Rouge in October.
Waterparks like Blue Bayou Water Park are perfect places to go when the heat gets unbearable. Baton Rouge is a great place for families, with something for everyone to do. Those looking to fly to Baton Rouge to visit these parks would likely find that the best time to do so is during May, June, or September, when there is only a moderate chance of rain and the weather is typically above 70 degrees fahrenheit.
Currently, United States travel restrictions include travel to Baton Rouge. The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in Austria, Belgium, China, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States, but must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD). Family members of US citizens and permanent residents, and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) may also enter. If you are planning to travel to Baton Rouge at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
You can find flights to Baton Rouge from major US cities with United, Delta and American Airlines.
The airport serving Baton Rouge is also known as Ryan Field, and is located four nautical miles north of the central business district. Here are your options for transport into Downtown Baton Rouge.
Your hotel may offer shuttle services to and from the airport, so be sure to ask when you’re making reservations. Otherwise, you can find the contact information for local companies offering shuttle, limousine and charter bus services here.
Hail a cab or pre-book with Lyft or Uber from the airport and get downtown in 12 minutes, for a fare of approximately $14.00 USD.
You can ride the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) express bus from the airport into Downtown Baton Rouge. Board route 103 and ride to the Hilton and Indigo hotels in 16 minutes for a fare of $4.00 USD.
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Downtown Baton Rouge is quite compact and walkable, and you may enjoy strolling around historic neighborhoods like Spanish Town and Beauregard. When you need a rest, hop on to a CATS bus or the free downtown trolley. Here are some details about your options for Baton Rouge transportation.
Taxis usually charge a meter drop of $4.00 USD, and $2.00 USD per mile, with a surcharge after midnight. Uber and Lyft both operate in the city and usually offer a cheaper alternative, with rates starting at $1.25 USD for the meter drop, then $0.90 USD per mile, with a minimum fare of $5.00 USD.
The local CATS buses serve all of Baton Rouge, with a single ride fare costing $1.75 USD. You may purchase a day pass for $4.00 USD, or a 7-day pass for $19.00 USD. There is also a free trolley service running between many of the tourist attractions downtown. The Capitol Park trolley operates weekdays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, approximately every 8 minutes.
The famous ‘Red Stick’ offers many interesting historical and cultural sights and events. Here are a few suggestions for your itinerary, when you travel to Baton Rouge.
If the weather is stormy during your visit, you should know that because Baton Rouge is so flat and drainage is poor, there is a danger of encountering flash floods. Places you should be wary of, due to urban flash flooding, include along River Road under the Mississippi River Bridge, some areas in the Garden District, and Brightside in south Baton Rouge.
Mardi Gras is a ton of fun, but watch out for the beads! They can give you a good whack if you aren’t paying attention. Sometimes the streets are a bit crowded as well, so if you are unsteady on your feet, you’d best stay away from the busiest areas.