Discover everything Louisiana’s capital has on display within your own time by renting a car upon your arrival. Don’t rely on delayed public transport or expensive cab rides, and seize the opportunity to not only visit attractions like the Louisiana State Capitol, but also to explore surrounding scenic places like a drive alongside the famous Mississippi River or a visit to Lake Maurepas and Wildlife Center, about 1 hour away by car.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is located just over 7 miles north of the city, and the quickest way to reach your next destinations is by opting for a rental car directly from the various agencies on the airport grounds. Simply follow the signs to the baggage claim area, where companies like Avis, Hertz, or Enterprise offer their vehicles. The quickest way to the heart of Baton Rouge is via the I-110 South.
Driving defensively in Baton Rouge is a good choice, as local drivers have a reputation of driving rather aggressively, including rarely using signal blinkers, driving fast through the city, and changing lanes without warning before squeezing into tight spaces between other cars in the lane. Don’t let local drivers stress you out and adhere to all speed limits and street regulations, even if you may be honked at once or twice for those decisions -- it is better to play it safe.
Rush hours can be intense in the city and morning rush hour between 7 and 9 am as well as evening rush hour from 5 to 7 pm should be avoided, if possible. Especially the I-10 can face heavy congestion during these times, so plan your journeys around those peak times to enjoy a more stress-free driving experience. On weekends, rush hour is not too bad, but when driving in the vicinity of the LSU campus on the day of a game, there can be plenty of traffic as well.
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Some car rental companies in Baton Rouge which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz and Enterprise
On average a hire car in Baton Rouge costs C$ 59 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Baton Rouge are Enterprise (8.3, 101 reviews), and Hertz (7.3, 105 reviews).
The average gas price in Baton Rouge is C$ 4.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 53 and C$ 71, depending on the car size.
Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Baton Rouge.
A Economy car rental in Baton Rouge costs C$ 62 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Baton Rouge costs C$ 63 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Baton Rouge costs C$ 60 per day, on average.
In Baton Rouge, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise 6117 Siegen Lane (14 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Baton Rouge costs C$ 414 per week (C$ 59 per day).
On average a rental car in Baton Rouge costs C$ 1,773 per month (C$ 59 per day).
With heavy traffic and aggressive drivers changing lanes suddenly, it is a good idea to opt for a compact car to take up less space on the road and be able to fit into almost any parking spot. When planning to leave the city limits and venture out into nature, a 4-wheel-drive car is recommended.
Within the city, there is a maximum speed limit of 25 mph and 55 mph on secondary roads outside built-up areas. Divided highways allow up to 65 mph, and on interstates up to 70 mph is permitted, though there are also stretches of interstates which permit 75 mph. Remember to slow down if the weather or road conditions are poor.
For a refill in Baton Rouge, drivers can expect to pay an average price of $2 per gallon, but look out for cheaper gas stations like Murphy’s Express or Costco for rates from $1.80. Make sure you know what kind of gas your rental car needs and refill in advance before leaving the city to explore the Mississippi River or its surrounding nature.
There is metered on-street parking in Baton Rouge available, but always check the designated signs for prices and time restrictions. The easiest way is to choose one of the many parking garages and lots, such as the BRP Lot 11 in Convention Road, which costs around $6 per two hours, or Third Street Garage (approximately $4 per 2 hours).