New Orleans travel guide

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You're Going to Love New Orleans

With a population of 343.829, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, United States by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to fully appreciate everything New Orleans has to offer.

Where to Eat in New Orleans

French Quarter is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in New Orleans. These include popular favourites such as Irene's (529 Bienville St), GW Fins (808 Bienville St.) and Restaurant R'evolution (777 Bienville St). If you’re looking for affordable options, Emeril's Restaurant (800 Tchoupitoulas) and Emeril's Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Avenue) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Mister Oso New Orleans (601 Tchoupitoulas St) and Boulevard American Bistro - French Quarter (534 St Louis St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in New Orleans.

When to visit New Orleans

New Orleans in August
Estimated hotel price
£121
1 night at 3-star hotel
New Orleans in August
Estimated hotel price
£121
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to New Orleans in July, when the average temperature is 28 °C, and the highest can go up to 33 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 6 °C, with an average temperature of 11 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 163 mm. In contrast, October is usually the driest month of the year in New Orleans, with an average rainfall of 83 mm.

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How to Get to New Orleans

Plane

When flying to New Orleans, you’ll arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY), which is located 18 km from the city centre. Airlines that fly from the United Kingdom to New Orleans include American Airlines, Finnair and British Airways. The shortest flight to New Orleans from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 14h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to New Orleans. The train journey from New Orleans to Jackson takes 4h 27m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Lake Charles, expect to pay about £28 for a 6h 11m trip. The train station in New Orleans is called New Orleans Union, and is located 1.1 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to New Orleans is to pick up a car hire from Pensacola, which is about 279 km from New Orleans. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Hertz, among others, in Pensacola.

Bus

You can travel by bus to New Orleans using Greyhound or FlixBus. From Houston, the bus ride to New Orleans takes 612 km and will cost you around £71. From Cincinnati, the ticket costs about £43 for a journey of 1988 km. The most popular bus station is New Orleans Canal and Charles, located 0.1 km from the city centre of New Orleans. New Orleans S Peters St Parking is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to New Orleans, you’ll arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY), which is located 18 km from the city centre. Airlines that fly from the United Kingdom to New Orleans include American Airlines, Finnair and British Airways. The shortest flight to New Orleans from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 14h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to New Orleans. The train journey from New Orleans to Jackson takes 4h 27m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Lake Charles, expect to pay about £28 for a 6h 11m trip. The train station in New Orleans is called New Orleans Union, and is located 1.1 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to New Orleans is to pick up a car hire from Pensacola, which is about 279 km from New Orleans. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Hertz, among others, in Pensacola.

Bus

You can travel by bus to New Orleans using Greyhound or FlixBus. From Houston, the bus ride to New Orleans takes 612 km and will cost you around £71. From Cincinnati, the ticket costs about £43 for a journey of 1988 km. The most popular bus station is New Orleans Canal and Charles, located 0.1 km from the city centre of New Orleans. New Orleans S Peters St Parking is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving New Orleans

Lufthansa
Good (4,691 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,988 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (841 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (746 reviews)
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Where to stay in New Orleans

From 5-star hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans to great affordable options like the St Charles Inn, Superior Hotel, New Orleans offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around £94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £265 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include The Olivier House Hotel and Federal City Inn & Suites. There are also lots of holiday rental options in New Orleans, with prices from £39 to £232 per night. Central Business District is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in New Orleans are about 25% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

French Quarter - In New Orleans’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Quarter House Resort, Grenoble House and Ihsp French Quarter House.

Treme/Lafitte - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as New Orleans Courtyard Hotel, Rathbone Mansions and The Treme Hotel. The average nightly price for a double room in Treme/Lafitte is £62.

French Quarter - In New Orleans’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Quarter House Resort, Grenoble House and Ihsp French Quarter House.
Treme/Lafitte - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as New Orleans Courtyard Hotel, Rathbone Mansions and The Treme Hotel. The average nightly price for a double room in Treme/Lafitte is £62.
Most popular hotel in New Orleans by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of New Orleans

Most booked hotels in New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone
4 stars
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
£121+
Le Pavillon New Orleans
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£88+
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£138+
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£150+
Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£101+
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£82+

Hiring a car in New Orleans

Hiring a car in New Orleans costs £62 per day, on average, or £247 if you want to hire it for 4 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Thrifty are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in New Orleans is the Dollar branch at 600 Rental Blvd, which is 19 km from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 15% more expensive than at New Orleans Louis Armstrong.

Expect to pay £0.78 per litre in New Orleans (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £9.36 and £12.48. The most frequently booked car type in New Orleans is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in New Orleans costs £62 per day, on average, or £247 if you want to hire it for 4 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Thrifty are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in New Orleans is the Dollar branch at 600 Rental Blvd, which is 19 km from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 15% more expensive than at New Orleans Louis Armstrong.

Expect to pay £0.78 per litre in New Orleans (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £9.36 and £12.48. The most frequently booked car type in New Orleans is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.