Absolutely free ferry for people (Cars are $1 roundtrip fare) from Algiers Point to the French Quarter area (right near Harrahs)
About every 30 minutes---great views of the city from the Algiers side----
The Algiers Ferry is a free transportation service provided by the City of New Orleans to transport you across the Mississippi to its historic Algiers neighborhood on the West Bank. You can ride your bike onto the boat and for $1.00 you can drive your car depending on which boat they use. It leaves approximately every half hour from either side. It starts running at 6am and stops at midnight.
This ferry provides routine service for cars and pedestrians between the foot of Canal St and the Algiers Point neighborhood across the Mississippi River. It's $1.00 per car from Algiers, but free from Canal St. For pedestrians, it's free.
I never actually took it, but if you're staying in the French Quarter or downtown New Orleans, and are going to Algiers, then give it a try.
The ferries go from the New Orleans side (east) on the hour and half hour. They go from the Algiers side (west) on the quarter hour and quarter of the hour.
The escalators at the ferry dock weren't working so we had to climb several flights of stairs. We found out later that if we'd entered from the Plaza Espana side, there would have been a ramp.
Pedestrians are free. It is a car ferry, although Bob insisted at first that it was not. They load the cars on the side instead of the end like they do with the NC ferries. That means the ferry doesn't have to turn around.
The ferry was named the Thomas Jefferson. It was a nice enough day that we could ride outside, and I took some pictures.
After you get over there, you can just ride the ferry back, or you can walk around historic Algiers
The Algiers Ferry is the best and fastest way to get from the French Quarter to Algiers Point across the Mississippi. The Ferry carries both people and cars across the river every few minutes. People are free, but cars cost $1. Get the ferry on the Riverwalk by the La Plaza de España and the Aquarium.
With ample seating outside and inside the air conditioned room, you can get one of the most romantic view of the city and its skyline from the decks of the ferry that crosses the Mississippi River to Algiers Point from the Canal Street terminal. The Canal Street Ferry has been in continuous operation since 1827.
Daily 5:45 AM-midnight; ferries leave the East Bank on the hour and half hour, and the West Bank on the quarter hour and three quarters hour. Except during inclement weather such as thick fog.
$1 round-trip per car
Free to pedestrians.
The terminal is located between the Aquarium of the Americas and the Riverwalk Mall.
AIR PLANE IS THE EASYEST FROM NEW ENGLAND
THE CITY HAS GREAT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, BUS SERVICE .TROLLY CARS AND AS ALWAYS TAXIS. THE CITY HAS A FREE WATER SHUTTLE THAT TAKE YOU ACROSS THE RIVER TO ALGIERS POINT AND THE WEST BANK OF THE CITY