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New Orleans to Austin drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



New Orleans to Austin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Orleans to Austin. If you're planning a road trip to Austin, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in New Orleans
drive for about 1 hour

11:14 am  Baton Rouge
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:14 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:15 pm  Lafayette
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:41 pm  Nederland (Texas)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Nederland (Texas)
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:26 am  Houston
eat at Uchi
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:25 pm  Bastrop
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:25 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

5:06 pm  arrive in Austin
eat at Chuy's Restaurant
stay at Hotel San Jose

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is New Orleans, Louisiana.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Baton Rouge  (14 answers)
    Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
    The Varsity Theatre  (3 mentions)
    questions about Baton Rouge:
        Great music spots in Baton Rouge?
        Must Eats in Baton Rouge?
        Best free things to do in Baton Rouge?
Lafayette  (7 answers)
    questions about Lafayette:
        What's the best neighborhood in Lafayette for a first time visitor?
Nederland (Texas)
Houston  (83 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient
Bastrop




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Austin, Texas.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Austin?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Austin.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel San Jose, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The W Austin Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Driskill Hotel  (4 mentions)
Austin Motel  (4 mentions)
Hotel Saint Cecilia  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Austin? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Austin?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chuy's Restaurant, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Torchy's Tacos  (11 mentions)
Uchi Restaurant  (9 mentions)
Salt Lick  (7 mentions)
The County Line  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Austin? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Austin?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
Continental Club  (11 mentions)
Rainey Street  (8 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Austin. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Tony Wright from Seattle asked:
Best BBQ in/near Austin?  (16 answers)

 Agnes Sowul from New York City asked:
Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?  (12 answers)

 Alyssa Russell from Rahway asked:
Food trucks  (11 answers)

 Brent Russell from New Jersey asked:
What are the must-sees in Austin?  (10 answers)

 Joy Mitchell from Berlin asked:
Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?  (9 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Austin.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Austin to New Orleans drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from New Orleans to Austin. Or get a full New Orleans to Austin flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know New Orleans well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New Orleans!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 524 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 59 minutes
Austin is the same time as New Orleans
196 New Orleans travel answers
14 Baton Rouge travel answers
7 Lafayette travel answers
1 Nederland (Texas) travel answer
83 Houston travel answers
1 Bastrop travel answer
164 Austin travel answers





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