New Orleans Transportation
With more than 16 airlines and more than 56 non-stop destinations, traveling to New Orleans is easy and affordable. Once you arrive, getting around the city is even easier.
The Airport Shuttle, the official ground transportation for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, will get you where you’re going in New Orleans quickly and safely.
Airport Shuttle service is available to and from Downtown and Uptown New Orleans hotels, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Cruise Ship Terminals. Look for Airport Shuttle signage right outside the baggage area. The vehicles are white with yellow “Airport Shuttle” lettering on the side.
Shuttles run every day of the year, with vans departing approximately every 30 minutes (except between 2 and 3:30 a.m.).
You can purchase ticket(s) at www.airportshuttleneworleans.com or in person at the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located on the ground level of the airport across from the baggage claim area, or you can make a reservation by calling 866-596-2699. They accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover (and cash if you’re paying in person at the airport location). If you’re purchasing your ticket(s) at the airport, please claim your luggage FIRST.
For Departure Reservations (from downtown New Orleans back to the airport), please call (504) 522-3500 or (866) 596-2699 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight.
Costs and Fine Print
- $24 one-way, $44 round trip for adults and children 6 and older. Children under 6 ride free (subject to change)
- The first three average-sized bags per passenger are free. Oversized or additional luggage is subject to an additional fee (Please Note: Vehicles cannot handle equipment or large items)
- Although not required, travelers must provide their own child car seats or booster seats, if wanted
- Special arrangements may be made for groups and pre-purchased vouchers
- Shuttle tickets are non-refundable
- Fares do not include a driver gratuity
There is a cab stand right outside of the airport. Fares are $33 each way for one or two people. Three people or more are $14 each. There is a $1 per bag fee. This fare is good from the airport to anywhere in the city of New Orleans. It’s regulated by the city but is subject to change.
Easily order an Uber or Lyft when you land at the New Orleans airport, and they’ll get you to your destination in no time! Located on the bottom level of the airport parking lot, there is a designated spot for rideshare pick-ups. It is conveniently across the street from baggage claim, so grab your suitcase and meet your driver. Trips to and from the airport with start and end locations in Orleans Parish are a minimum of $33.
Easily order an uber or lyft when you land at the New Orleans airport, and they’ll get you to your destination in no time! Located on the bottom level of the airport parking lot, there is a designated spot for ride-share pick-ups. It is conveniently across the street from baggage claim, so grab your suitcase and meet your driver. Trips to and from the airport with start and end locations in Orleans Parish are a minimum of $33. Seeing pricing below.
Airport Uber Pricing:
- $34.35 for UberX
- $51.35 for UberXL
- $75 for UberBlack
- $90 for UberBlack SUV
Airport Lyft Pricing:
- $33-36 for Lyft
- $40-45 for LyftXL
- $50-55 for Lux
- $77-84 for Lux Black
- $100-120 for Lux Black XL
Hop the RTA’s 202 Airport Express, which travels from the airport terminals to Elk Place at Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans. The fare is $1.50 and the bus makes 9 daily trips to New Orleans.
Getting Around New Orleans
Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating Downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond to places you might not otherwise get to see.
Streetcars fare is $1.25 and must be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55 respectively.
See the Regional Transit Authority (RTA)’s website for a list of places to purchase these as well as information about wheelchair accessibility. You can also download the RTA gomobile app and pay your fare instantly from your phone.
Since pedicabs first arrived on the New Orleans scene in 2011, thousands of visitors have found them an environmentally friendly way to see the city or to go distances too short to bother with a cab. Plus, many of the drivers are also licensed tour guides with interesting tales to tell.
All pedicab drivers are licensed by the city. They operate primarily along the Canal Street downtown corridor and in the French Quarter and nearby Faubourg Marigny and Garden District neighborhoods. They have a maximum capacity of two persons per vehicle. Retractable, convertible-style canvas roofs offer protection from rain or sun. The rates per ride are $5 for the first six blocks and $1 per block per person after that. Prices are subject to change.
Pedicabs generally operate from the early morning hours until midnight on weekdays and later on weekend nights. You can hail one on the street or by calling a dispatch number.