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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Dallas to New Orleans. Traveling by train from Dallas to New Orleans usually takes around 24 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 20 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance442 mi (711 km)
Fastest train20h 17m
Lowest price$85.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Dallas to New Orleans?

In the last month, $104.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Dallas, TX to New Orleans, LA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $15.00 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 Dallas to New Orleans 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 $109 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Dallas to New Orleans in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $128 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 15 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New Orleans from Dallas will be about $15.00 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Dallas to New Orleans?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Dallas, 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
Amtrak11d 0h 7m$122.03
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    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 1 Amtrak trains from Dallas to New Orleans every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $85.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Dallas 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Dallas to New Orleans. 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 Dallas to New Orleans?

The distance between Dallas and New Orleans is approximately 442 miles, or 711 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 17 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 Dallas to New Orleans are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Monday 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 Dallas at 11:00am and arrives in New Orleans around 20 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Dallas to New Orleans?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New Orleans to Dallas. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Dallas to New Orleans for $44.00.

City Information

Dallas

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Dallas is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in Texas. While it is one of the foremost business, telecommunications and transportation hubs in the United States, Dallas is also one of the most exciting cities when it comes to culture and nightlife opportunities.

When you are planning a trip to Dallas, make sure you leave time in your schedule to check out some of the city’s world-famous museums. Some must-visits include The Sixth Floor Museum (that commemorates the assassination of John F. Kennedy), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

If you want some fresh air and a feast to the eyes, you must visit the remarkable Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which boasts one of the best botanical collections in the entire country. And if you are after some tasty grub and good people watching, then head to Stone Street Gardens, a row of restaurants located on a charming red brick strip surrounded with tons of greenery.

Both the main train station in Dallas, the Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, and the main bus station are located in the heart of the city’s downtown historic district just a few blocks away from each other. That makes it super convenient to travel to Dallas from various places in Texas and the rest of the U.S. or Mexico. The stations’ central location also allows for an easy transfer to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that is located pretty far outside the city.

New Orleans

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Dallas?

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Departure stations

The Dallas Greyhound Station is a bustling departure point for nearly 350 bus trips each day. Via Greyhound and Amtrak buses, passengers can make their way to major in-state cities like Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and even travel as far north as Toronto. There is a Pizza Hut Express and coffee shops within the station and, thanks to its central location in Dallas’ historic downtown, the Greyhound station is within a half-mile of over 20 additional dining choices. Travelers can easily connect to train service in Dallas, with a quick walk to Amtrak’s Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station a few blocks away.

All train stations in Dallas:

  • Bus Terminal - 205 S Lamar St

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

Where is the train station in New Orleans?

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Arrival 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

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