Explore Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the U.S.

Having fun is part of the culture of south Louisiana. Explore the food, music, museums, shopping and the outdoors in and around Baton Rouge, or even branch out farther and travel to New Orleans or other destinations around the country.

Traveling Around Baton Rouge

Tiger Trails and CATS bus systems
As an LSU student, you can ride the university’s Tiger Trails and city’s CATS bus systems for free to help you travel around the campus and city easily. Check out the Tiger Trails website and CATS website for hours of operation, routes and schedules and the TransLoc and Route Shout apps for easy navigation on your smart phone.

Biking and running are popular ways to exercise around LSU’s University Lakes. But you can also use bicycles for easy travel around the city. Rent a bike from the UREC, or even purchase one from a local store, and take a ride along the Mississippi River to check out downtown Baton Rouge.

Uber or Zipcar
Many students use Lyft, Uber, or Zipcar for convenient, personalized transportation around Baton Rouge. Download the Uber app or Lyft app on your phone to start requesting rides to desired locations. Or, once you get your U.S. driver’s license, sign up for a Zipcar membership to  access vehicles to drive yourself.

Traveling Around the U.S.

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Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR)

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is just 11km (about 20 minutes) from LSU’s campus and flies conveniently to the airline hubs of Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and Houston to connect to flights nation- and worldwide.
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New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

New Orleans International Airport, 113km from LSU, offers direct flights to and from 55 different locations around the United States and the world, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London and Toronto.

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Greyhound Bus Station

The Greyhound bus station, just 6km from LSU, opens the door to more than 38,000 destinations across the U.S. and North America — from nearby Houston and New Orleans to Los Angeles and New York, or even Mexico City and Montreal.

In addition to its culture of cuisine and music, the state of Louisiana boasts one of the United States' longest coast lines, more than 600km of the Mississippi River and a wealth of natural beauty to explore. Plus, its convenient location makes travel to other cool parts of the U.S. easy, too.

Traveling to Other Cool Cities
Check out the transportation options above to explore not only New Orleans or Houston but the beaches of Alabama and Florida, the mountains of Arkansas and Tennessee, and much more.

Swamp Tours
Travel: Several within 1 hour
Dozens of swamp tours near Baton Rouge offer glimpses into Louisiana’s natural wetlands and wildlife, such as alligators, birds, nutria, otters and turtles.

New Orleans, LA
Travel: Car 1.5 hours
A true melting pot of cultures, flavors, sights and sounds, the historic and internationally known city of New Orleans is just a short drive from LSU. Louisiana’s largest city hosts thousands of events each year, including conferences, festivals, parades and sporting events.

Explore Baton Rouge

Looking for just a little study break, not a long weekend visiting another U.S. city? The Baton Rouge area has lots of fun activities for international students.

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