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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Houston to Lake Charles. Traveling by train from Houston to Lake Charles usually takes around 3 hours and 19 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance133 mi (214 km)
Fastest train3h 19m
Lowest price$26.68
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Sunset Limited
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Houston to Lake Charles?

In the last month, C$26.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Houston, TX to Lake Charles, LA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$7.28 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Houston to Lake Charles by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$28 whenever you decide to board the train to Lake Charles.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Houston to Lake Charles remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Houston to Lake Charles?

Amtrak Sunset Limited is the one and only train line which connects Houston, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Sunset Limited13h 19m$28.75

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Houston to Lake Charles during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Houston to Lake Charles?

The distance between Houston and Lake Charles is approximately 133 miles, or 214 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 19 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Houston to Lake Charles are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Houston at 12:00pm and arrives in Lake Charles around 3 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Houston to Lake Charles?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Lake Charles with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lake Charles to Houston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Houston to Lake Charles for $97.31.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Houston?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Houston.

Train stations in Houston:

  • 902 Washington Ave

Where is the train station in Lake Charles?

Arrival stations

Lake Charles has one train station.

Train stations in Lake Charles:

  • 100 Ryan St

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