New Orleans Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

Louis Armstrong International Airport is the city's primary airport, located in the suburb of Kenner. After a severe dip after the disaster in 2005, by late 2006 the airport has rebounded to 3/4 of its pre-Katrina flights with daily flights to/from 37 destinations throughout North America. Additional flights have continued to be added in more recent years. European vacation packages are available from the UK on several British airlines who offer charter/cruise services nonstop to the Crescent City.

To get into town a taxi ($33 for one or two people, $14 per person for three or more) is quickest; that's the flat fee from the airport to any spot in the French Quarter or Central Business District. Limo service is also available for rates starting at $35, and the airport shuttle is $20. See the airport website for other options.

A cheap way to get to town is the Jefferson Transit Airport Express route E2-Airport, which is only $2. On weekdays, the bus runs straight down Airline Highway (US 61) to Tulane and Loyola Ave. in the New Orleans Central Business District; the trip takes 45 minutes. (From this intersection, simply walk toward the river, deeper into the central business district, and take a left, crossing Canal Street and into the French Quarter. From Canal Street one can also take the streetcar Uptown or into Midcity.

The Airport bus stop is on the second level of the airport, outside door #7 near the Delta counter on the west end of the terminal, in the median (look for the sign and bench); the stop is a fair walk from the east end baggage pickup, and you'll probably have to ask at an information desk to find it.

Many major hotels have shuttle buses from the airport. Even if you're not staying at one of those hotels, the shuttles can often be a value for those getting in to town if their destination is near one of the hotels.

By car

The main artery into and out of town is Interstate 10, going to the east and west.

By bus or train

Bus and train stations are next to each other at the Union Passenger Terminal (1001 Loyola Avenue), by the edge of the Central Business District and within walking distance of the Super Dome. Both Greyhound and Amtrak service the terminal. Three Amtrak routes pass through New Orleans: City of New Orleans, Crescent, and Sunset Limited.

Megabus. Service from Atlanta, Montgomery, Mobile, Baton Rouge, Houston, Jackson, Oxford, and Memphis. The bus stop is located on Bienville Ave between N Peters St and N Front Blvd.

source: Wikivoyage

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