One of the most historical and touristic cities in the United States, with its own distinct, unique regional culture, New Orleans is located on the shores of the Mississippi River in the state of Louisiana. The city is famous for its historical architecture, unique culture and cuisine and for being one of the birthpalces of jazz music. In the city center you can visit the historical French Quarter, New Orleans Art Museum, Salvation Botanical Gardens, Historical Cemeteries, St. Louis Cathedral, the Mississippi River and many other historical attractions.
The locals of the city are very passionate about their culture and jazz music in particular. In fact, New Orleans is a city where you can encounter live music all the time, in bars, cafes and out on the street. Jazz gives a particularly enjoyable character to the city's nightlife as well. The bars and nightclubs of the city are open all-night, nearly every day. You can also sample the regional Creole cuisine with unique dishes at many restauraunts around the area, as well as French, Chinese and Italian food as well.
French Quarter, the city's most historical district, is not only filled with interesting bars and cafes but also shopping opportunities as well. There are a variety of boutiques and shops where you can find interesting antiques and souvenirs. The festival of Mardi Gras, which is organized usually during Februrary, is also a major attraction and should not be missed, as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival in April.
Intercity public transportation is extensive and operates on a system of buses and trolleys. Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport provides flights, mainly to other U.S cities.
You can reach the city center from New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport by taking a taxi or using the airport shuttle service. It’s also possible to do this much less costly by using public transport and taking the bus. If you want to save time and travel in comfort, or luxury, then you can rent a car or a limousine. You can also see if you can make use of an airport shuttle service offered by your hotel.
There are 2 separate waiting locations for taxis outside the exit of the arrivals terminal where passengers should get in line. The taxi fare from the airport to the city center is 36 dollars for 1 or 2 people, 15 dollars more is added per person if you are more than two people. If you don’t want to pay with cash then the taxis also accept credit card payments.
The airport shuttle service can take passengers to main points in the center and to various hotels. You can get tickets from the Airport Shuttle kiosk that’s just outside the arrivals terminal exit. A one-way ticket for one person is 24 dollars. If you know you’re going to use the shuttle service again, then you can get a round-trip ticket for 44 dollars. Every passenger has an allowance of 3 bags. If you have luggage in a non-standard shape or size then you may need to pay some extra fees.
There’s a consolidated car rental system (CONRAC) in New Orleans Louis Armstrong International in a separate location to the terminal building. You can choose a car that’s suited for you budget there from 9 separate agencies. To get to CONRAC you should use the exit next to the baggage reclaim belt 12 - 14 and walk a short distance. To get to the city center from the airport you should follow the I-10 W motorway and it should take around 20 minutes to reach the city center.
If you prefer to use public transport then you can reach the city center in around 40 minutes by taking the 202 bus. The ticket price is $ 1.50.
Hotels also offer shuttle services to and from New Orleans Airport. It’s quite practical and comfortable but can be a little more expensive than taking the bus. You can contact your hotel to inquire about whether they provide this service and get some more detailed information if they do.
If you want to have a comfortable and luxurious journey then you can rent a limousine from the A-Airport Limousine agency that’s located in the baggage claim area of arrivals. Prices begin at $58 for 2 people and go up to $ 118 for 8 people.