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New Orleans, the home of Mardi Gras, Southern cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. If you have never been to New Orleans before, you are in for quite the treat. To soak up the most of this cultural wonderland, you want to come between February – May, when temperatures are cool and comfortable. If you want to avoid the excessive tourist counts and craze of Mardi Gras, the best time to visit New Orleans is from December – January. The city is calm, hotel reservations are easier on your wallet, and the weather is still cool and crisp.


New Orleans flight deals found on momondo

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Delta
Delta
YUL
10 Sep.
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
7h 33m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
17 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
7h 53m
1 Stop
YUL
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
350 CAD
Delta
Delta
YVR
20 Sep.
Vancouver Intl airport
14h 51m
2 Stops
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
26 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
13h 26m
2 Stops
YVR
Vancouver Intl airport
378 CAD
United Airlines
United Airlines
YOW
21 Oct.
Ottawa airport
6h 08m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
United Airlines
MSY
25 Oct.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
8h 55m
1 Stop
YOW
Ottawa airport
405 CAD
American Airlines
American Airlines
YUL
14 Sep.
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
15h 06m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
American Airlines
MSY
21 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
8h 38m
1 Stop
YUL
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
412 CAD
Delta
Delta
YYZ
09 Sep.
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
7h 25m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
12 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 39m
1 Stop
YYZ
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
416 CAD
Delta
Delta
YYZ
21 Sep.
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
7h 42m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
28 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 18m
1 Stop
YYZ
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
416 CAD
Delta
Delta
YYZ
21 Sep.
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
7h 42m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
28 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 18m
1 Stop
YYZ
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
416 CAD
Delta
Delta
YYZ
09 Sep.
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
7h 25m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
12 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 39m
1 Stop
YYZ
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
416 CAD
Delta
Delta
YYZ
31 Aug.
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
7h 43m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
07 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 37m
1 Stop
YYZ
Toronto Pearson Intl airport
419 CAD
United Airlines
United Airlines
YOW
30 Aug.
Ottawa airport
8h 53m
2 Stops
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
United Airlines
MSY
07 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
5h 30m
1 Stop
YOW
Ottawa airport
498 CAD
United Airlines
United Airlines
YOW
21 Oct.
Ottawa airport
6h 08m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
United Airlines
MSY
25 Oct.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
8h 55m
1 Stop
YOW
Ottawa airport
405 CAD
Delta
Delta
YUL
10 Sep.
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
7h 33m
1 Stop
MSY
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
Delta
MSY
17 Sep.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong airport
7h 53m
1 Stop
YUL
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl airport
350 CAD

Which airlines fly to New Orleans?

For direct flights to New Orleans, you can fly Air Canada. Other airlines with layovers include United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, WestJet Airlines and Copa Airlines. Note that the cheap flights to New Orleans most likely have multiple layovers.


How to get from the airport to New Orleans city centre?

Below you will find all the airports in New Orleans along with the distance from the city centre
New Orleans Louis Armstrong
18 km from city centre
New Orleans Lakefront
10 km from city centre

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

MSY is a major international airport and brings in thousands of Canadians each year, ready to experience the “true” South. Luckily for travellers, that means plenty of options for getting from the airport into the city centre.

Airport Shuttle

Shuttles are available from the airport straight to local hotels and other destinations in the city centre for approximately $24 USD per person.

Taxi

Taxi booths are on the first level just outside of the Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14. You must wait in line to take a taxi. Taxi rides to the city centre cost approximately $36 USD for the Central Business District (CBD) or French Quarter for up to 2 people. For groups of 3 or more, the cost is approximately $15 USD per person.

Limousine

The A-Airport Limousine is a luxury transportation provider at the airport. You can request a one-way service from the company at a kiosk just outside of the baggage claim area. Rates are approximately $58 USD for 2 people and $118 USD for up to 8 people.

Bus

The Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have 9 departures from the airport to the city centre. Use the Airport-Downtown Express (E2) by JET for $2 USD. The ride takes approximately 50 minutes to the city centre. You also have the Airport Express 202 Bus from RTA. The fare is approximately $1.50 USD.

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How to get around in New Orleans?

As a major metropolitan city, New Orleans has more than enough options for getting around town. From the historic streetcars to being on foot, you can explore the sights, culinary adventures, and more with ease.

Taxis

Taxicabs in New Orleans are available throughout the city centre. The initial meter fee is $3.50 USD, and then each additional 1/8 mile is charged at $0.30 USD.

Bus and Streetcar

RTA operates in the city centre and outskirts of New Orleans. Purchase a 1-day Jazzy Pass for $3 USD or a 3-day Pass for $9 USD per person and get unlimited travel on all buses and streetcars downtown. In the downtown area, most of your travel will be on the streetcars, but around the borders of the city centre, you will need to take the bus lines. You can text your stop ID on the RTA mobile app and they will respond with the next pick-up time and bus line near you.

Ride Share

New Orleans offers Uber and Lyft ride sharing services. These are private car services that you must book in advance. The fare depends on the time of the day, service selected, and the number of people you want to transport in the vehicle.

Bike

New Orleans is a walkable city, but also very bike-friendly. In the French Quarter, you can get around much easier with a bike than in a motored vehicle. Several companies rent bikes, including American Bicycle Rental Company & Free Wheelin’ Bike Tours, Bicycle Michael’s, and Bike Easy. The fares for rentals vary depending on which area of town you are in and the number of days or hours you rent.

Car Rentals

Car rentals help you get to the areas outside of the CBD and French Quarter. However, on-street parking meters in the Warehouse District, Marigny, French Quarter, and CBD average $3 USD per hour. Therefore, using a vehicle can become costly.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to New Orleans?

Canadian citizens can enter the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, which lets them visit for 90 days or less without requiring a travel visa. A passport is required, and travellers must have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval. For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting New Orleans

Things to do and places of interest in New Orleans

The city of New Orleans is one of those cities that never seem to rest. Throughout the year, there are events, festivals, and plenty of attractions. La Nouvelle-Orleans was established in 1718 and it still holds true to many of its French roots. While known as New Orleans today, it is home to over 300,000 people and attractions to keep everyone busy year-round.

  • Festivals are big in New Orleans. Right through the year, you have culinary, music, and multicultural festivals. Try the Oak Street Po-Boy Fest or the New Orleans Seafood Festival if you are a foodie. For music, you have the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. To experience New Orleans culture, visit on Bastille Day or in time for Louisiana’s own Oktoberfest.
  • The French Quarter takes you back to a simpler time. The buildings have been expertly preserved, and within the French Quarter you have restaurants, hotels, and numerous attractions. While here, visit the New Orleans Opera or catch a colourful production at one of the theatres. The museums of the French Quarter are also worth visiting, especially The 1850 House, the American Italian Culture Center, Amistad Research Center, and The Backstreet Cultural Museum.
  • Explore the history and heritage of New Orleans. Neighbourhoods here each have historic significance to the city, like The Garden District, the Warehouse District, and even Faubourg Marigny and Bywater. Some of the historic buildings to stroll by or tour within include the Basin St. Station, The Cabildo, and Gallier House.
  • If you are here for Mardi Gras, catch one of the many colourful and vibrant parades or go to a carnival club. If you are not here for the big day, The Backstreet Cultural Museum celebrates Mardi Gras year-round and so does Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World.

Tips and tricks for visiting New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant, safe city for the most part. However, when you are a new visitor, there are a few items to keep in mind.

Get to know the language

One thing that might throw you off is the way to pronounce names of areas while you are in New Orleans. Locals take offense when you get their language wrong. For example, “New Orleans” is pronounced as “Naw-lins.”

Know the drinks

To truly experience the night life of New Orleans, you need to know the signature drinks on Bourbon Street. Try yourself at a Hand Grenade or Crawdad Bloody Mary – both local favourites. You can also get the official Mardi Gras drink, known as the Ojen.

Avoid certain areas after dark

The city sees a heavy tourist count per year; therefore, they do what they can to keep it safe. However, there are some areas you must try to avoid during the late hours, such as the districts outside of city centre.

The challenge of driving

From the cost of parking to the difficulty of finding parking spots, it is better to take a cab or use public transportation than try to navigate New Orleans in a car. Parking meters are marked, so if you do park there, do not skip the meter fare – or your vehicle will be towed.

*Flight prices to New Orleans are based on prices for economy tickets found by momondo users during searches within the last 72 hours. These prices may no longer be available.