Getting Around Baton Rouge

From New Orleans Baton Rouge is an 80 mile northwest drive on Interstate 10, which drives into the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. Other major highways that will take you into Baton Rouge I-12, which will take you north of Lake Ponchartrain and bypasses New Orleans. From the west I-10 connects Lafayette, Houston, and Los Angeles with Baton Rouge. From the East I-10 connects Baton Rouge with Mobile, Pensacola, and Jacksonville. If you're coming from Chicago, St. Louis, or Memphis follow I-55 South and merge onto I-12 West and continue driving for roughly 45 miles.

The city's primary airport is Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, located in north Baton Rouge, near Southern University. It is served by Delta, Continental, Frontier, and American Airlines. The number and availability of non-stop flights have increased since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. Many hotels provide complimentary transportation to and from Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Rental cars and taxi service are also available.

The Port of Baton Rouge has recently been expanded and upgraded with extensive storage facilities. It ranks ninth in the nation in waterborne commerce. The Port is the farthest inland deep-water port on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

Four major rail lines provide railroad freight service.

Whatever your transportation needs, traveling through Baton Rouge is a breeze. Whether you need a bus or a limo, your needs will be easily accommodated throughout your visit.

Public transit is provided by the Capitol Area Transit System (CATS). The public transportation system is highly criticized as low performing and not averaging enough riders to continue to be successful in the Baton Rouge area. Area leaders recently took part in an all day ride of the Baton Rouge buses to determine what the problem was and many say the problem is hours long waits for the buses, CATS management say that there are not enough riders to put more buses on the line and won't receive any funding until more people start riding the bus consistently.

When there was a massive increase in population immediately following Hurricane Katrina, RTA buses from New Orleans were brought into Baton Rouge to supplement CATS. The LA Swift is a free bus service that runs from Baton Rouge to New Orleans which was created after Hurricane Katrina at a time when Baton Rouge had a large number of displaced residents and it helped displaced residents return to New Orleans to gut their homes, get jobs, leisure, live for good, etc.

An already completed bike path atop the levee in Baton Rouge could extend all the way to New Orleans.