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A Jazzy Welcome
Louis Armstrong International Airport is located just west of the City of New Orleans. There's sometimes a live jazz band playing, or someone from the Visitors Bureau handing out Mardi Gras beads to welcome you to the city.
You can take a taxi into the city, or, if you're not in a hurry, there's a cheaper shuttle bus that hits the major hotels in the French Quarter.
Taxi to French Quarter
When you fly in and out of NO your best bet for transportation to the Quarter is the 30+ cab ride. There is no convenient public transportation. Seek out the staff that arrange /supervise the traxis as they cue up for the next customer.
RTA Bus cheap and easy
The Jefferson Bus 2E takes you from Louis Armstrong Airport to New Orleans. The fare has been increased to $2 - still a bargain campare to $15-20 for a shuttle bus. You can download the bus schedule by going to the RTA website. You board the bus on the upper deck near the DELTA stop. Take the bus to the end of line - which will drop you off at the intersection of Tulane and Loyola. From the bus stop, walk left on Loyola 1 block - that brings you to Canal Steet. one of the two main drags in the French Quarter. Take a right turn on Canal, and chances are, any hotel in the FQ you are staying at, is off this street ( or not far from it).
check out Baton Rouge
I fly to New Orleans at least once a year. I just booked a last minute trip for a weekend that happens to be Jazzfest. The flights to MSY were quite expensive. I checked out flying into the Baton Rouge airport. The rental car rate was about 1/2 price and the ticket price -$100. It is about 1 hour outside from New Orleans, but I have the time and the drive from MSY is at least 20 minutes.
Shuttle from MSY to Downtown NOLA
For $30.00 round trip (or $15.00 one way), the highly efficient and professional will take you from the airport to your destination. There is a ticketing booth in the baggage claim area where you can pay for your fare; the shuttle will be directly in front of you once you exit the airport.
They do provide handicap access but they request you call in advance.
I've provided the number and website below.
We did not take the limo, as we were more interested in low cost than elegance. One to three passengers is $40.
However if you have a group of four or more, it would be $10 each and would be a much more cost effective means of transporation.
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Taxi Vs Airport Shuttle--
Check out your pricing for the Airport Shuttle versus a taxi to/from the airport- Shuttle is 13.00 per person but is a shared ride with many stops- Taxi is 28.00 for two people and nine dollars for an additional persons. Taxi takes you directly to/from your hotel. Extra two bucks is worth it.
Not bad if in a hurry
From the airport to the French quarter it is flat fee of $28.00 one way, not bad if you split it with 2 or 3 people.........a shuttle bus charges $12 per person... good if you not in a hurry and willing to take up to an hour to get downtown !!!! Catch the taxi's downstairs just outside luggage claim !!!!
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Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)
Louis Armstrong International Airport is located in Kenner, 21 miles northwest of downtown New Orleans. To get to the city, you can take a taxi, the airport shuttle or rent a car.
A cab ride costs $24.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one person.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for $10.00 (one-way, per person). Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area.
Car Rental: There are 5 rental agencies with offices on the lower level of the airport.
To get to your hotel from the...
To get to your hotel from the airport, there is a fixed rate of approx $24 for 2 if you take a taxi. The shuttle buses are cheaper if you're by yourself (about $15 per person I think), but they make many stops.
If it's late and you're in an unfamiliar area, just ask a bartender or waitress to get you a taxi. It's common practice to have a cab pick you up at a bar.
You can fly into N.O. from...
You can fly into N.O. from just about anywhere. Most hotels have a van that will meet you at the airport & one that will take you most any place in the french quarter. If they don't have have van you can get the 'limo'. For $20 RT you can get this Limo to you hotel and they will return you when you leave . Most of he hotels in the french quarter use this service. We were there 4 days and never needed a car.
Public Bus Airport - Downtown
Moving from the Airport to downtown French Quarter has never been easier. Besides airport shuttle, public buses run every 20-30 mins, price USD1.60. Wait outsde door #7.
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