Walking, New Orleans
We walked a lot, you cant really enjoy a city without walking the streets of it and New Orleans is one of them
Our hotel was located at French quarter so even at night we walked around easily and safe but we saw a lot of taxis all the time. The guides suggest not to walk alone late at night and prefer to take a taxi to return back to your hotel. What’s more usually all the hotels will help you to find one, they will call and the taxi will be there in less than 10’
Locals buses and street cars
We didn’t use any local bus but we used some times the street cars which were interesting but not very helpful as they cover only a small part of the city. You will probably wont need it much but you can use a street car to go to Garden District and another one for the City park. The single ticket costs $1.25, you just put the exact amount at the machine behind the driver (he wont make change for you). If you plan to use it a lot buy a day pass for $5 or a 3day pass for $12 so you hop on and off as many times as you want.
These old vintage cars are really nice to see even if you don’t use them at all.
St.Charles route is the most popular line, it’s the oldest one and easily recognizable of the green cars, many of them were made back in the 20s!.
Canal Street line has some beautiful red cars and runs from Canal street up to City Park.
Finally, there is another one (short one) the riverfront line that starts from Aquarium at the foot of Canal St
use a car only to go away from NO for daytrips. You wont really need it inside the city, you can easily visit all the main sites by walking or using local transports. What’s more it’s very difficult to find a free parking spot and those that you have to pay they ask a fortune.
Many locals but also some tourists were cycling while there but we avoided due to traffic on the streets. If you want to rent a bicycle check Confederacy of Cruisers and Bicycle Michaels, there are some organized tours with bicycles too.
The free from at the bottom of Canal street will take you to Algiers, a nice (not a cruise but free) way to be on Mississippi river
The neighborhoods of New Orleans are very walkable. In fact, I would go so far as to say that in some areas like the French Quarter walking is a must due to the narrow streets and lack of easy parking options. Other interesting areas like the Garden District could be viewed in a car or on foot. I made the poor decision to walk from the French Quarter to the Garden District (about 2.5 miles each way!) and there really wasn't mush to see along the way.
The French Quarter is less than a mile long by about 1/2 mile wide. Some of the streets, such as Bourbon, are traffic free at night, while other streets, including Pirates Alley are always reserved for pedestrians. You'll miss a lot if you speed through this area.