Getting Around New Orleans
Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating Downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond to places you might not otherwise get to see. Streetcars fare is $1.25 and must be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55 respectively. See the Regional Transit Authority (RTA)'s website for a list of places to purchase these as well as information about wheelchair accessibility. You can also download the RTA gomobile app and pay your fare instantly from your phone.
Since pedicabs first arrived on the New Orleans scene in 2011, thousands of visitors have found them an environmentally friendly way to see the city or to go distances too short to bother with a cab. Plus, many of the drivers are also licensed tour guides with interesting tales to tell. All pedicab drivers are licensed by the city. They operate primarily along the Canal Street downtown corridor and in the French Quarter and nearby Faubourg Marigny and Garden District neighborhoods. They have a maximum capacity of two persons per vehicle. Retractable, convertible-style canvas roofs offer protection from rain or sun. The rates per ride are $5 for the first six blocks and $1 per block per person after that. Prices are subject to change. Pedicabs generally operate from the early morning hours until midnight on weekdays and later on weekend nights. You can hail one on the street or by calling a dispatch number.
Street parking in New Orleans is limited so we strongly recommend that you download the Parkmobile app to reserve parking in advance. You can pay directly from your phone for reserved parking and you can also extend your parking time to avoid any parking fees. When your parking time is almost up the app will notify you. If you cannot remember where you parked, the app will locate your car and direct you towards it.
Taxis and Rideshare
A cab ride costs about $33 from the airport to the city center for one or two people and $14 per passenger for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. (Prices are subject to change, but are regulated by the city.) Because New Orleans is really a “small” big city, it’s actually quite affordable to go from here to there by cab. A cross-town ride from your French Quarter/downtown hotel to an Uptown jazz club or neighborhood restaurant is typically under $20. You Can download the TaxiCabApp from your app store to see what is near your current location. Uber and Lyft are also available in the New Orleans area.
Shuttle services are available through the New Orleans Airport Shuttle. They offer transportation to and from Downtown and Uptown New Orleans Hotels, the French Quarter and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For departure reservations you can call 504-522-3500 24-hours prior to your flight. Rates are $44 round trip or $24 one way per person.
Bikes and Scooters
Since the land in New Orleans is flat, biking in New Orleans is a great way to travel around different neighborhoods in the city. You can explore City Park, riding from the French Quarter along the Lafitte Greenway. Rent your own from one of the many shops around town if you didn't bring one, or take a themed bike tour delving into architecture, local food, neighborhoods and history. Hop on a Blue Bike and commute around the city like a local! You can sign up for Blue Bikes via the official website or the Blue Bikes New Orleans mobile app. Enter your account number and 4-digit PIN on the keypad on the bike of your choice to unlock it, and head on your way! To lock the bike, simply take the U-lock from the holster and lock it to a Blue Bikes rack. You can reserve a bike ahead of time via the app or website.
Walking is one of the best ways to see New Orleans. You can take your time to enjoy all the historical beauty that New Orleans has to offer. There are many galleries and cafes to visit as you walk around and everything is in close distance to one another.
Navigating New Orleans
If you’re staying in the French Quarter, Downtown or in the Arts/Warehouse District, you may never need to hire transportation of any kind - you may be able to walk to all of your destinations. Still, New Orleans’ streetcar system is a charming way to explore the city, and you can easily rent bikes, hop a bus, take a ferry, or call a pedicab, a taxi or a limo service whenever you need to. Plus, you'll be able to access all the diverse neighborhoods New Orleans has to offer.
There are several ways to travel to and from the terminals, and all over the New Orleans once you’ve arrived.
$4.00 off per person roundtrip will be provided for shared ride shuttle reservations made online with AirportShuttle. You will need to book your reservations online here .
There are a few simple rules—
In order to be able to book travel online you must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time.
You can both make and change your existing reservation online.
The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal — if not the discount doesn’t apply.
Click here for an information sheet/map of their airport locations.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is the gateway to one of the most exciting cities in the world - New Orleans, legendary for its history, food and good times.
Transportation from the airport to downtown New Orleans can be done through the Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). You can also use Uber and Lyft where pick up is outside of the Ground Transportation Center located on the first floor of the Short-Term Parking Garage by crossing the pedestrian crosswalk located outside of Baggage Claim 6.
Alaska Airlines: The Discount Code: ECMC416. To use, go online to alaskaair.com and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters. By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules. You may also use the Discount Code by calling Alaska Airlines Group Desk; however, a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply.
Southwest Airlines: Beginning on May 1st, 2019 AASPA conference attendees will receive a discount on airfare and 50% bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines when traveling to and from New Orleans. Book your travel between October 5th and October 13th, to take advantage of the discounted rates. Go to www.SWABIZ.com to book your travel and enter Corporate ID: 99631744.
United Airlines: Book online at united.com/meetingtravel or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code: ZGUT and the Agreement Code: 960683 to receive a discount of 2%-10% depending on the fare type.
Unique NOLA believes in crafting their guests’ experience into something special beyond the standard fare excursion ’round the city. They do this by employing exceptional guides, as well as limiting the number of people on a tour to 15- making it a more personal journey for you and your group.
They offer standard-type tours (cemetery, Garden District, French Quarter History, etc.) with our own unique flair; as well as tours their guides have designed themselves, that you won’t get from anywhere else. Unique NOLA is for everyone- especially people with special interests in our city, as well as for returning visitors who want to dig deeper into the stories of our city past and present.
Book with the 20% discount code AASPA2019 or find out more information at: https://uniquenola.com/
Or you can call to book at 504-777-7769