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New Orleans, LA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 150
Total Sleeping Rooms 26,335
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,622
Committable Meeting Rooms* 173
Convention Center Space 1,670,827 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 127,634 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $148
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $129
*Maximum for a single hotel

New Orleans, LA Airport Information

Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

Approximate taxi fare: $36USD

Located just 15 miles from the Central Business District, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is the busiest airport in Louisiana and one of the top 10 busiest in the Southeast. The airport offers service to over 30 cities across the country. Fourteen major carriers, including American, Continental, Delta, and United, operate out of Louis Armstrong International.

In 2016, the Louis Armstrong International Airport offers direct service to four international destinations including Panama City, Punta Cana, Cancun, and Toronto.

Amenities abound at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Advanced baggage check-in, free wireless Internet access, tax-free shopping, lounges, and financial services are all available to make the passenger experience more comfortable. The airport also features a cell phone pick-up lot, ticketless parking, and 5,500 spaces combined between its short- and long-term facilities.

Airline carriers serving Louis Armstrong International Airport

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Branson Air Express
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • GLO
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United
  • Vacation Express

New Orleans, LA Train Information

The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, with its famous restored mural on the walls, is the major hub in the South for Amtrak, which services the city with three trains. The Sunset Limited currently operates between New Orleans and Los Angeles, the Crescent operates between New Orleans and New York City, and the City of New Orleans line operates between New Orleans and Chicago. An intermodal transportation facility, the terminal provides space for Greyhound Lines' intercity bus service.

New Orleans, LA Public Transportation

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) Bus Line

With a reputation for clean and safe transportation, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority operates one of the largest fleets of buses and trolleys in the nation. The buses run to several major stops around New Orleans, including Elysian Fields Avenue, Judge Perez Drive, and Chef Menteur Highway. Two express routes serve eastern New Orleans. The E-2 Airport Bus, operated by Jefferson Transit, provides weekday service to downtown New Orleans from the upper level of the airport at Entrance number 7. The E-2 bus travels downtown to Tulane and Loyola avenues, just two blocks from Canal Street. NORTA bus one-way fare is $1.25, with an additional $0.25 for transfer. Express bus one-way fare is $1.50.

Streetcar Service

As of 2016, the Regional Transit Authority runs New Orleans' three famous streetcar lines including the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. Trolley fare is $1.25 per person.

Canal Street Line

In 2004, the new Canal Street Line returned after a 40-year absence. The route ties into the Riverfront Streetcar Line from Esplanade Avenue to Canal Street and travels along Canal Street from the Mississippi River to a streetcar terminal at City Park Avenue and the Cemeteries.

Riverfront Line

Opened in 1988 to an enthusiastic public, the 1.9-mile Riverfront Streetcar Line was the first new streetcar line since 1926. Seven bright red streetcars now service the Riverfront line, which includes 10 stops between Esplanade Avenue and the Morial Convention Center.

Historic St. Charles Avenue Line

Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the St. Charles Avenue Line has been in continuous operation since its inception in 1893. Trolley cars travel the entire length of the celebrated St. Charles Avenue, from the Central Business District to the charming Garden District and Uptown.

Algiers Point/Canal Street Ferry Service

In continuous operation since 1827, the historic Algiers Point/Canal Street Ferry connects downtown New Orleans with the Algiers Point neighborhood on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Pedestrians and bicycles ride for $2 each way. Ferries leave daily from the West Bank every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour beginning at 6 AM. Ferries depart from the East Bank on the quarter hour and three-quarters hour with the last ferry leaving at 11:45 PM.

For more information, call 506-309-9789.

Airport Shuttle

Shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels in the Central Business District. One-way shuttle fare is $24 per person and round-trip fare is $44 per person. Ticket booths can be found on the lower level in the baggage claim area. There is a three-bag limit per person.

For more information, call 866-596-2699.

Car Rentals

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty car rental agencies have offices located on the lower level of the airport. The Consolidated Rental Car Facility is located outside of the West Terminal Baggage Claim (Claims 12-14.)


Taxis are plentiful in New Orleans and rates may vary. Cab rides cost $36 from the airport to the Central Business District for up to two persons and $15 per passenger for three or more passengers. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage. Taxis are required to offer a credit card payment option. Taxi pick-ups are located outside the airport's baggage claim area on the lower level.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Baton Rouge, LA 82 mi 1 hr 27 min 3 hr 40 min USD $450+
Mobile, AL 144 mi 2 hr 20 min 3 hr 55 min USD $550+
Jackson, MS 190 mi 2 hr 53 min 3 hr 14min USD $390+
Shreveport, LA 342 mi 5 hr 14 min 2 hr 51 min USD $450+
Houston, TX 348 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 10 min USD $220+
Memphis, TN 395 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 12 min USD $309+
Dallas, TX 521 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 24 min USD $160+
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