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About New Orleans

New Orleans is the most populous city in the southern state of Louisiana and one of the most popular party destinations in the whole world. Known as The Big Easy, New Orleans is famous for its distinct French-Spanish architecture, Creole cuisine, and unique music. Around the globe, New Orleans is best known as the host city of Mardi Gras, a late-winter carnival known for flashy costumes and never-ending street parties. Because of that, NOLA is consistently among the preferred vacation destinations among spring breakers and post-grad travelers.

There’s a lot more to New Orleans than just partying, though. While you’re in town, connect with the artistic side of your personality with a visit to the famed New Orleans Museum of Art where you will find the South’s most impressive collection of French and American art. A visit to the Big Easy will not be complete without stopping by some of the city’s iconic cemeteries. Whether you take a guided tour or you explore on your own, you will learn a lot about the area’s history and urban legends.

New Orleans is one of the main economic and commercial centers of the U.S. Gulf Coast region, and as such it is easily accessible by all kinds of transportation. The airport is located not too far from the city center, while the city’s main bus and train station, the Union Passenger Terminal, is placed right in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

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Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave - NOLAMT-0

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Opened in 1954 to replace the five depots spread throughout the city, the Union Passenger Terminal connects all of New Orleans’ passenger rail into one iconic building. To this day, it remains the largest transportation hub in New Orleans and is a key link for travel throughout the Southern United States. Three of Amtrak’s long distance train lines end their service at Union Passenger Terminal: the City of New Orleans line from Chicago, the Crescent line from New York City, and the Sunset Limited line from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Buses operated by Greyhound and Jefferson Lines also serve this station, as well as public transit which connects to New Orleans’ famous streetcars. At the station, there are shops, a game room, and food for purchase, and the city’s must-visit French Quarter is just a mile away.

Popular train stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

What train companies travel to New Orleans, Louisiana?

Located in Louisiana, New Orleans is accessible by train from 185 other cities. You can choose from 341 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to New Orleans on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Coach tickets to New Orleans are also available..

Train companies serving New Orleans

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak2742d 4h 18m£242.07
Amtrak Crescent3120h 11m£108.79
Amtrak City of New Orleans1911h 12m£64.98
Amtrak Sunset Limited181d 3h 29m£122.46
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.

  • The City of New Orleans is an Amtrak route that runs daily trains from Chicago to New Orleans and vice versa. The City of New Orleans includes a sightseer lounge with panoramic windows for the best views of the five states along the route. However, the City of New Orleans also offers private roomettes and bedrooms for added comfort and luxury (and a higher price). Passengers who book sleeper accommodations will enjoy included meals, and all passengers can stop into the cafe car to purchase meals and snacks.

  • The Amtrak Sunset Limited is a southern Amtrak route that crosses through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The double-decker carriages have a variety of roomettes, bedrooms, and suites, as well as a restaurant and cafe service.

Which train carrier has the best service to New Orleans?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to New Orleans by train with Amtrak City of New Orleans giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Crescent had the most comfortable train service to New Orleans taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Crescent offers. They rate Amtrak Crescent a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to New Orleans punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak City of New Orleans has the best on time performance on their train schedules to New Orleans, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£7.17 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to New Orleans, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to New Orleans. In the last month, trains from Slidell to New Orleans had the lowest average price at £7.17. The train from Picayune to New Orleans also tends to start at relatively low prices.

The main train station in New Orleans is Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around New Orleans.

New Orleans is the most popular train destination in Louisiana. It also ranks number 114 in United States. New Orleans has the most train connections in the region. There are 62 train schedules arriving in New Orleans each day.
The population of New Orleans is 389617. New Orleans ranks number 1 in terms of population in Louisiana and number 74 in all of United States.
Train tickets to New Orleans range from £7 for a short trip to New Orleans, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to New Orleans starts at , and a longer trip by train to New Orleans can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £7.
Taking a train to New Orleans is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to New Orleans a great option when planning your next vacation.
The closest train station to the city center of New Orleans is Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of New Orleans. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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