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New Orleans - Los Angeles Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from New Orleans to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from New Orleans to Los Angeles usually takes around 68 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 46 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance1669 mi (2687 km)
Fastest train46h 35m
Lowest price$142.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Javen

October 5, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Sunset Limited

Pros: It was good. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: It was good. Cons: Nothing.

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

In the last month, $217.15 was the average price of a train ticket from New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA. Given how far apart New Orleans and Los Angeles are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $105.98 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$390$260$130NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New Orleans to Los Angeles will vary between $196 and $381. Planning a train trip to Los Angeles within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New Orleans over the next 7 days is $196. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$350$280$210$140$70JFMAMJJASOND

If you are trying to decide when to travel from New Orleans to Los Angeles by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $258 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New Orleans to Los Angeles in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $342 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

$425$340$255$170$853020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 17 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Los Angeles from New Orleans will be about $105.98 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New Orleans to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak33d 0h 50m$315.38
Amtrak Sunset Limited11d 22h 36m$167.04
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from New Orleans to Los Angeles every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $142.

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  • Amtrak Sunset Limited

    Amtrak Sunset Limited

    Amtrak Sunset Limited train tickets from New Orleans to Los Angeles start from $142, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Sunset Limited schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Sunset Limited in New Orleans leaves from Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave . And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station .

    From New Orleans to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Sunset Limited takes 46 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Sunset Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 46 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Sunset Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from New Orleans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New Orleans to Los Angeles 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.

Can you take a train all the way from New Orleans to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from New Orleans to Los Angeles. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles?

The distance between New Orleans and Los Angeles is approximately 1669 miles, or 2687 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 68 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 46 hours and 35 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?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from New Orleans to Los Angeles. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New Orleans at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from New Orleans to Los Angeles?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New Orleans to Los Angeles for $162.00.

City Information

New Orleans

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New Orleans, LA - NOL-1

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New Orleans, LA - NOL-2

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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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New Orleans?

Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave - NOLAMT-0

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Departure stations

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.

All train stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Arrival stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

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