Louisiana is a fantastic state to visit by car. With gorgeous scenic byways, fabulous urban stops, and delicious food, Louisiana has it all.
On average, Louisiana has cheaper gas than most of the rest of the United States of America. As of September 2023, the United States gas averages $4.00 per gallon. In Louisiana, regular gas averages $3.59 per gallon! If you’re looking to go on a road trip, a $0.41 difference per gallon can add up quickly.
But get this: the towns in Louisiana with the cheapest gas are around $1.20 per gallon cheaper! If you’re filling a gas tank, that could be $20 cheaper per fill-up!
Louisiana enjoys discounts on regular, mid-grade, and premium gas. If you’re coming to Louisiana for a beautiful vacation, you’re going to get the added benefit of their cheap gas, regardless of what kind of car you drive.
Let’s look at the towns in Louisiana with the cheapest gas. For each town, we’ll also cover some of the epic stops you can hit on your road trip around the Bayou State!
As of September 2023, Alexandria, Louisiana boasts the cheapest gas in the state. With $2.80-per-gallon prices, it’s hard to beat Alexandria’s discounts. When comparing this per-gallon price to the national average, the difference is significant.
Alexandria is a beautiful, mid-size town located right in the middle of the state. This is a perfect stop for you to hit on your road trip because of its central location. As the ninth-largest city in Louisiana, with a population of just over 44,000, there are lots of things to do while you’re in town.
If you’re into artistic experiences, stop by the Alexandria Museum of Art. If you and your family are animal lovers, the Alexandria Zoo is a great place to stop and go for a stroll. They have over 500 animals to be inspired by! There’s also a performing arts center, a historic museum, and a long list of delicious restaurants to visit in town.
Located just south of Baton Rouge in the southeast part of the state, Addis is a small town that offers a big bang for your buck! Addis gas prices are significantly cheaper than the state average, with September 2023 prices of around $2.85 per gallon. As you head south on your adventures around the state, be sure to stop in Addis for a fill-up.
This town is pretty tiny, with a population of just over 7,000 people. Because of its proximity to Baton Rouge, there’s a lot of fun nearby. That being said, Addis has a few of its own hidden gems in its 4.2 square miles!
The cutest stop in Addis is the Town of Addis Museum. This small museum tells the whole history of the town of Addis. It used to be a post office, and then a bank, and now it stands to tell the story of the area. Be sure to mark your calendar if you plan to stop by, however. They have pretty limited hours, though you can call ahead and make a special reservation if you wish!
Pineville is another centrally located stop to hit on your drive around the Bayou State. It’s just outside of Alexandria, so as you peel out of the city center, you can grab some very reasonably priced gas on your way! Prices in Pineville are just over $3 a gallon, making gas half a buck cheaper in this city than in other parts of the state.
With being in such close proximity to Alexandria, it’s easy to lump Pineville in with the big city. But Pineville offers its own charms. This 17,000-person has a big reputation for motorboat racing! Whether you’re an avid racer, or you’re just looking to enjoy the specialties Pineville has to offer, check out one of their annual motorboat races to see the best racers in the country do their thing.
The city has a lot to brag about. Their lake is ranked the Fastest Lake in The United States due to the popular races. Additionally, the adorable city has repeatedly won awards for cleanliness. Despite being somewhat small in size, Pineville is a big deal!
Located just barely outside of New Orleans, Meraux is a census-designated place (CDP) with great deals for gas. Similar to Pineville, Meraux boasts gas prices of just over $3, making it a fantastic place to swing through if you’re heading out of New Orleans.
Meraux’s CDP status means that the area is settled but unincorporated. Around 8,000 folks live in Meraux and enjoy shopping and proximity to the Mississippi River. The CDP is almost 5 square miles in size, though 0.66 square miles of Meraux are taken up by water!
While much of Meraux is taken up with residences and suburban shopping, Meraux has a beautiful stretch of road called the St. Bernard Highway Tunnel of Trees. This road is not to be missed, as it offers stunning greenery in close proximity to the water. Fill up your tank and head east through the tunnel to enjoy the beauty of Meraux, Louisiana.
5. Denham Springs
Just east of Baton Rouge, Denham Springs is a gorgeous Louisiana city with a lot to offer, including stellar gas prices. Prices in Denham Springs in September 2023 are just over $3 as well, still well below the state and nation average. As you’re heading out of Baton Rouge, grab some gas in this city and take in the awesome amenities Denham Springs has to offer.
It says it in the title: there are springs here! Denham Springs is known for its mineral springs, though they haven’t looked too impressive in recent years. Deep in the woods of Denham Springs, there’s a 3-foot hole in the ground that was once a glorious namesake for the area. Though the springs have looked better, the city has recently taken to restoring the springs to their original glory.
Overall, Denham Springs is an artsy place. If you’re in the mood to pick up some eclectic souvenirs, swing by the Denham Springs Antique Village for a one-of-a-kind find. You can also stop by the BrushFire Art Studio and take a pottery or painting class! There’s lots to do as you head through this adorable city.
Also fairly central to Baton Rouge, Zachary is another great stop for gas in Louisiana. With prices parallel to Denham Springs, Zachary offers a bargain for gas along with a list of things to explore.
Zachary is a 20,000-person city with a wide variety of hotels and restaurants. It’s a great city to stop in as you’re driving through. Additionally, the Baton Rouge Raceway falls just a few miles outside of the city boundary. If you’re a lover of racing, this is a must-hit spot.
While Zachary doesn’t have too much to offer in terms of excursions for you or the family, it’s a fabulous spot to fill up your tank and grab a bite to eat as you head out of Baton Rouge.
7. Baton Rouge
If you’re heading to city centers for the peak of your road trip, you will certainly be stopping in Baton Rouge. Thankfully, the city has fantastic gas prices, still $0.30 below the average of the state. Whether you’re stopping by the campus of LSU or are just in town to grab a fantastic meal, Baton Rouge is a great place to fill up your tank and your belly!
This city has a lot to offer. You can visit the Louisiana State University campus and Tiger Stadium to catch a game, or you can enjoy a thought-provoking stroll through the Louisiana Museum of Art & Science. If nature is more your vibe, check out the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. They have over 100 acres of land and offer educational and explorative opportunities for all members of the family. Finally, you can swing by the Baton Rouge Zoo to check out some amazing wildlife.
Louisiana, as a whole, has a lot to offer. It’s a beautiful state with endless opportunities for experiencing new things. Whether you’re stopping by the swamp and greeting alligators for the first time or seeing a game at the Tiger Stadium, a road trip around Louisiana is sure to be exciting. And thankfully, it’ll be on the cheap side! The gas prices are reasonable, so you have no reason not to take in this great state!
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