Getting Around
New Orleans

Have questions about getting around New Orleans? We have answers! New Orleans has plenty of transportation options that make getting anywhere convenient and hassle free.

Airport Shuttle:
(504) 596-2699

This is the official transportation company providing shuttle service for the City of New Orleans to and from the airport. Upon arrival at the airport, guests can purchase tickets for $20 one way or $38 round trip per person. The first 3 bags per passenger are free. It departs every 30 minuets from 3:30 AM through 2:00 AM from the airport.

For Departure Reservations, please call (504) 522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. Domestic flights require passengers to arrive 2 hours prior to flight departure; international flights require passengers to arrive 3 hours prior to flight departure. Please inform the Reservationist if you have an international flight so they may schedule an earlier pick-up time.

United Cabs, Inc.
(504) 522-9771
Click here for a full list of taxi companies

New Orleans is actually a geographically small town, which makes most journeys by cab very affordable. A cross-town ride from your French Quarter/downtown hotel to an uptown jazz club or neighborhood restaurant is typically under $20, and a safe, fast way to get from point A to point B if you're unsure of streetcar or bus stop locations along the way. A cab ride costs $33.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one person. For 3 or more passengers the fare is $14 per passenger, not to exceed 5 people.

From the airport, pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.

Street Car:

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) operates three streetcar lines: the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD).

A standard one-way fare on a streetcar costs only $1.25. Please have the exact amount ready, as fare boxes do not give change. You can also use a Jazzy Pass, which you can buy online or at a NORTA retail partner. The 1-day and 3-day Jazzy Passes are available from Walgreen’s in New Orleans, various hotels, grocery stores, banks, and retailers. Cost is $3 for 1-day and $9 for 3-days.

St. Charles Streetcar:
New Orleans residents and visitors alike particularly love the St. Charles line, which travels from the edge of the French Quarter all the way down beautiful St. Charles Avenue. The views of historic architecture beneath the shade of massive, ancient live oaks convey so much of New Orleans’ charm and character. The line also passes by celebrated restaurants, shops, and hotels; some destinations of note include the Garden District, Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo, and Loyola and Tulane Universities.

Towards the end of the line, St. Charles Avenue ends, and the streetcar turns onto South Carrollton Avenue, past more restaurants and boutiques and near the unique neighborhood shopping districts of Maple Street and Oak Street. At the end of the line, at Claiborne Avenue, is a small park called Palmer Park and a transfer point to bus lines.

A one-way ride from end to end of the St. Charles line takes about 40 minutes. The line is open around the clock with less frequent service in the evening and early-morning hours.

Canal St. Streetcar:

Travelers on the Canal St. line pass through attractive and charming areas as well as the thriving New Orleans Central Business District. The Canal St. line travels to an area called Mid-City, home to many lovely neighborhoods, famous restaurants, and shops. At the intersection of Canal St. and Carrollton Ave., the line splits off into two branches.

The branch that travels straight up Canal St. ends at an area of historic cemeteries that feature rows and rows of granite tombs and impressive statues. Also at the end of the line is a transfer point to two Jefferson Parish bus lines and several RTA bus lines. Streetcars traveling along this branch display "Cemeteries" on exterior signs.

The other branch turns onto North Carrollton Avenue to finish at one corner of City Park. Within walking distance from the end of the line, you’ll find many of the park’s top attractions such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, where you can find the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art and the botanical gardens. In addition to City Park, other attractions in the area include more historic cemeteries, the Fair Grounds Race Course, the Pitot House, and the Bayou St. John. Streetcars traveling along this branch display "City Park/Museum" on exterior signs.

A one-way ride from end to end along either branch of the Canal St. line takes about a half-hour. The Cemeteries branch runs from around 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. The City Park/Museum branch runs from around 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. There is less frequent service in the evening and early morning hours.

Riverfront Streetcar:
The French Quarter is on every local and tourists favorite spots in New Orleans and streetcar travel allows it's many visitors to enjoy all that this famous area of the city has to offer. The Riverfront line runs along one edge of the French Quarter and offers a convenient way to explore its different facets. At one end of the line is the French Market, which is the oldest public market in the country. The line passes by Woldenberg Park, the Aquarium of the Americas, the luxury mall Canal Place, Harrah’s Casino, and the shopping mall Riverwalk Marketplace. At the other end of the line is the Ernest Morial Convention Center in the CBD.

A one-way ride from end to end of the Riverfront line takes a little less than 15 minutes. Hours of operation are from around 7 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m.

Walking is a great way to see New Orleans. Tourist areas, like the French Quarter, Garden District, and Arts District, are best to walk in and take in the sights of New Orleans. For outlying neighborhoods, we suggest taking public transportation or having the number of a cab company on hand. As with any city, use your best judgment. At night, it is best to stay in well-lit tourist areas.

Other useful resources:
ISC Travel Page
MSY Airport Travel resources