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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Houston to New Orleans. Traveling by train from Houston to New Orleans usually takes around 9 hours and 30 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance318 mi (511 km)
Fastest train9h 30m
Lowest price$55.78
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Sunset Limited
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Houston to New Orleans?

In the last month, C$55.78 was the average price of a train ticket from Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$13.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Houston to New Orleans by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$56 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to New Orleans in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$63 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$91$73$55$36$183020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New Orleans from Houston will be about C$13.34 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Houston to New Orleans?

Amtrak Sunset Limited is the one and only train line which connects Houston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Sunset Limited19h 30m$56.97

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Houston to New Orleans during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Houston to New Orleans?

The distance between Houston and New Orleans is approximately 318 miles, or 511 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 30 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Houston to New Orleans are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Houston at 12:00pm and arrives in New Orleans around 9 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Houston to New Orleans?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to New Orleans with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New Orleans to Houston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Houston to New Orleans for $46.08.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Houston?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Houston.

Train stations in Houston:

  • 902 Washington Ave

Where is the train station in New Orleans?

Arrival stations

New Orleans has one train station.

Train stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

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