Bienvenue aux Opelousas! Opelousas has been welcoming travelers for over 300 years. Instead of using flatboats on the river, pirogues in the bayous or traveling by horses overland, today’s visitors have more convenient routes to choose from to get to The Gateway to Acadiana.
Begin your adventure in Louisiana’s third oldest city at the Opelousas Tourist Information Center, located in Le Vieux Village. There you will find friendly travel counselors to answer all of your questions.
Located just 20 minutes north of Lafayette at the crossroads of I-49 and U.S. Highway 190, Opelousas has four exits to the city via I-49: Exit 15 (LA Highway 3233 – Harry Guilbeau Road); Exit 17 (Judson Walsh Drive); Exit 18 (LA Highway 31 – Creswell Lane); and, Exit 19 and 19-B (U.S. Highway 190 West).
Mileage to Opelousas from:
- Lafayette 20 Miles
- Baton Rouge 55 Miles
- Alexandria 65 Miles
- New Orleans 150 Miles
- Shreveport 190 Miles
- Natchez, MS 140 Miles
- Jackson, MS 230 Miles
- Houston, TX 235 Miles
- Mobile, AL 260 Miles
- Dallas, TX 370 Miles
Greyhound Bus Lines serves the Greater Opelousas area and the terminal is located at 1312 Creswell Lane near I-49 Exit 18.
Opelousas is served by the St. Landry Parish Airport (OPL), which services general aviation. Commercial air service is provided by the three nearest metropolitan area airports: Lafayette Regional (LFT) located 24 miles south of Opelousas; Baton Rouge Metropolitan (BTR) 58 miles east via U.S. Highway 190; and, Alexandria International(AEX) 76 miles north on I-49.
Opelousas is not directly served by passenger railway, but the Amtrak station for The Sunset Limited (east and west route) is located just 20 miles south in Lafayette (LFT), while The City of New Orleans (north and south route in the central U.S.) is less than two hours east of Opelousas in Hammond (HMD). Amtrak’s The Crescent serves the Eastern Seaboard and New Orleans (NOL) Union Passenger Terminal is located two and a half hours east of the city.
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