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How to Get Around in New Orleans

How to Get Around in New Orleans

New Orleans is easy to navigate without a car, so save time searching for parking and soak up the city’s one-of-a-kind ambiance on foot or by bike. When venturing outside the walkable French Quarter, buses, streetcars, and city tours can connect you with neighborhoods off the beaten path. Here’s how to get around the Big Easy.  

 

Take a Walk

Many of New Orleans’ most charming areas are relatively small and compact, making it easy to soak up the city’s Creole atmosphere on foot. Join a walking tour to learn history while you stroll past antebellum mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, quirky shops in the Marigny, or hidden courtyards in the French Quarter. 

 

Ride Public Transit

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority runs a well-connected network of buses and streetcars that can get you almost anywhere you want to go in the city. Pay the posted fare when you board, or buy a Jazzy Pass ranging from one to 31 days for unlimited travel. Passes can be purchased directly from operators or at vending machines at several Canal Street transit shelters. If traveling between the French Quarter and the Garden District or Audubon Park, hop aboard the St. Charles Streetcar for a vintage ride straight out of a Tennessee Williams play.

 

Book a Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tour

Easily make your way around New Orleans with a hop-on hop-off tour that combines the flexibility of a bus route with commentary about passing sights for a user-friendly experience. Customize your ride with a single- or multi-day ticket, and get on and off at popular stops such as Jackson Square, the French Market, St. Louis Cemetery #1, and Canal Street. 

 

Bike or Ride a Segway

Thanks to a flat landscape and wide avenues, New Orleans is a great city to explore on two wheels. Rent a bike or join a bike tour for an athletic overview of main landmarks that gives you the flexibility to stop for photos. Segway tours are a popular way to zip around the compact French Quarter on days when it's just too hot to break a sweat. 

 

Cruise the Mighty Mississippi

New Orleans was built on the water, so get a fresh perspective on the landscape with a Mississippi River cruise aboard a historic paddlewheeler. While most cruises start and end at the same dock, it's a relaxing and scenic way to get outside the main tourist areas and connect with the city's history as a major port.

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12 Tours and Activities | All New Orleans Tours

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Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience, journeying back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic riverboat for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional tableside lunch (additional expense).
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  • 2 hours
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$38.00
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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

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Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.00
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.00
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

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Step back in time on this historic walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District with an experienced guide. Learn about life and death in the city and its unique above-ground crypts and gravesites. Walk shady avenues lined with antebellum homes, and hear how a small riverside settlement grew into a lavish, wealthy city. See a wide range of architectural styles in the elegant Garden District neighborhood then get local tips on the city’s best places to enjoy New Orleans' finest music, food, and drink.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.00
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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District. On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' See the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

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Experience New Orleans’ spiritual side on this walking tour of St Louis Cemetery No 1. A knowledgeable local guide will lead you through a maze of haunting yet impressive mausoleums including that of Marie Laveau, the city’s most revered voodoo priestess. Learn about New Orleans’ distinctive above‐ground burial system and its rich – and evolving – voodoo tradition.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites. On your city tour, enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District, and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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New Orleans Creole Odyssey Small-Group Bike Tour

New Orleans Creole Odyssey Small-Group Bike Tour

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Take a two-wheeled ride through the raucous history and heritage of New Orleans on a bike tour that takes you from the lively streets of the French Quarter to the swampy bayous at the edge of the town. Learn about the city's founding as you follow a flat and leisurely route down oak-lined avenues, through leafy parks, and past creepy cemeteries to reach Bayou St. John. It's a great way to get off the tourist track and see the diverse neighborhoods of the Big Easy.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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Creole New Orleans Electric Bike Tour

Creole New Orleans Electric Bike Tour

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Cruise from the banks of the Mississippi River to the streets of Tremé with ease on this half-day Creole New Orleans tour by electric bike. Ride past telling monuments and through the streets of the original Creole Faubourg Marigny as your guide shares insight into New Orleans trivia and lore with a focus on Creole culture. Stop to snap photos and ask questions—it’s easy to chat with your guide on this small-group tour of just 10 people or fewer.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.00
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French Quarter Historic Segway Tour

French Quarter Historic Segway Tour

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Cover more ground as you explore New Orleans on a 2-hour tour by Segway. Receive easy-to-follow instructions on operating the Segway, then glide around the city to take in highlights including the French Quarter, Canal Street, and Bourbon Street, and architectural gems such as St Louis Cathedral. Head over to the Mississippi River, Steamboat Natchez and other attractions, and hear commentary from the guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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