Lafayette travel guide

Lafayette Tourism | Lafayette Guide

You're Going to Love Lafayette

With a population of 120.623, Lafayette is a must-see destination in Louisiana, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Lafayette has to offer.

Where to Eat in Lafayette

If you’re looking for affordable options, Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant (631 Jefferson Street) and Jolie's Louisiana Bistro (507 W. Pinhook Rd.) are great picks.

Most popular restaurants in Lafayette

Creole / Cajun / Southern
Excellent (70 reviews)
Excellent (48 reviews)
Excellent (29 reviews)

When to visit Lafayette

Lafayette in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lafayette in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Lafayette in July, when the average temperature is 84.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 91.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 42.8 °F, with an average temperature of 51.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 7.1″. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Lafayette, with an average rainfall of 3.8″.

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How to Get to Lafayette


When flying to Lafayette, you’ll arrive at Lafayette Regional (LFT), which is located 4 km from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Lafayette include Air France, Aeromexico and Delta. The shortest domestic flight to Lafayette departs from Fayetteville and takes around 6h 06m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Lafayette. The train journey from Lafayette to New Orleans takes 3h 24m and costs around $22 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Houston, expect to pay about $32 for a 5h 02m trip. The train station in Lafayette is called Lafayette, and is located 0.6 km from the city center.


Another option to get to Lafayette is to pick up a car rental from New Orleans, which is about 190 km from Lafayette. You’ll find branches of Turo and GREEN MOTION , among others, in New Orleans.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Lafayette, including Greyhound, Tornado Bus and El Expreso Bus. From Baton Rouge, the bus ride to Lafayette takes 97 km and will cost you around $25. From New Orleans, the ticket costs about $91 for a journey of 282 km. Lafayette’s bus station is located 4 km from the city center.

Airports near Lafayette

Airlines serving Lafayette

United Airlines
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Good (2,146 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,380 reviews)
Good (348 reviews)
Air France
Good (395 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,412 reviews)
Excellent (3,046 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,202 reviews)
Good (914 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (2,606 reviews)
Good (822 reviews)
Excellent (139 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (246 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (517 reviews)
Gulf Air
Good (50 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (177 reviews)
Good (468 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (338 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (74 reviews)
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Where to stay in Lafayette

Where to stay in popular areas of Lafayette

Most booked hotels in Lafayette

Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette, LA
Excellent (9.3, 415 reviews)
Hampton Inn Broussard-Lafayette Area, LA
Excellent (8.8, 104 reviews)
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scott-Lafayette West, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.4, 136 reviews)
Hampton Inn Lafayette-I-10
Excellent (8.3, 65 reviews)
Courtyard by Marriott Lafayette Airport
Good (7.9, 117 reviews)
Tru by Hilton Lafayette River Ranch
Good (7.8, 710 reviews)
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Renting a car in Lafayette

Renting a car in Lafayette costs $66 per day, on average, or $198 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise and Budget are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Lafayette is the GREEN MOTION branch at 401 E Pinhook Dr Lafayette, which is 2 km from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 24% more expensive than at Lafayette Regional.

Expect to pay $4.01 per gallon in Lafayette (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $48.15 and $64.20. Intermediate (Kia Sportage or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Lafayette, while also 74% cheaper than other types, on average.