Travel to New Orleans

Flying to New Orleans

There are no direct flights from the UK to New Orleans. Airlines offering flights to New Orleans through their respective US hubs include American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways. It's more or less a year-round destination, so it can be tricky to find cheap flights to New Orleans, though if you travel during the off-peak summer months, when it’s hot and humid, you may be able to find a bargain.

Flight times

From London - 12 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); New York - 3 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 3 hours 40 minutes; Toronto - 5 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 19 hours (including stopover).

City Airports: 
Telephone:+1 504 303 7500

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is situated 16km (10 miles) west of New Orleans, Louisiana.


A bank and bureau de change facilities are located in the main ticket hall. ATMs can be found throughout the airport.


The lost property office (tel: +1 504 303 7790) on the upper level of concourse C is open 0800 to 1700 from Monday to Friday.

Travel by road


In Louisiana, the minimum age for driving is 16 years and cars drive on the right. Speed limits are generally 48kph (30mph) in town, 88kph (55mph) on highways and 105kph-121kph (65-75mph) on the interstate highways, unless otherwise posted.

Louisiana has strict laws against drinking and driving, and open containers of alcoholic beverages are not permitted in vehicles. Drivers may turn right at a red light, after a complete stop, if the way is clear. A flashing red traffic light is the same as a stop sign, which means that it is necessary to come to a full stop and proceed when safe.

All valid national licences are acceptable; however, your car hire company may require an International Driving Permit if your licence isn't in English. US insurance is mandatory and available from car hire companies, but it is costly so check to see if your insurance covers car hire.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) (tel: +1 800 222 1134; can provide information, and may offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).


I-10 heads west to Houston (Texas) and Los Angeles (California), and east to Mobile (Alabama) and Jacksonville (Florida). I-55 heads north to Memphis, St Louis (Missouri) and Chicago. I-59 connects New Orleans to Birmingham (Alabama) and Chattanooga (Tennessee). Note that the exit for the French Quarter is marked 'Vieux Carré'.

Driving times:

From Jacksonville - 8 hours; Los Angeles - 27 hours; Mobile - 2 hours 30 minutes; Baton Rouge - 1 hour 30 minutes.


Greyhound buses (tel: +1 800 231 2222; arrive at the 24-hour Union Passenger Terminal, 1001 Loyola Avenue, which is shared with rail services. There are frequent services from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Memphis and Mobile.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; runs coach services from the same terminal to major cities in the region, including Atlanta and Houston.

Travel by rail


Trains in New Orleans arrive and depart from the Union Passenger Terminal, 1001 Loyola Avenue.

New Orleans is the terminus for the City of New Orleans service from Chicago, Illinois via Memphis, Tennessee; the Crescent service from New York City via Atlanta, Georgia; and the Sunset Limited service from Los Angeles, California.


Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; is the national railway provider and its service is generally good, if not reliably punctual.

Journey times:

From Los Angeles - 46 hours; Chicago - 19 hours 30 minutes; New York - 30 hours.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.