Three Amtrak routes travel to New Orleans from the West Coast, Southwest, Midwest and Northeast, making New Orleans one of the easier places to reach by train. These routes are:

  • Crescent (New York City to New Orleans with stops in between)
  • City of New Orleans (Departs from cities including Chicago, Memphis and Jackson, MS)
  • Sunset Limited (departs from L.A. and Southwest/Texas cities three times a week)

If you live in cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, San Antonio, Tucson, Phoenix and Los Angeles, it’s a direct train trip. From other locations, you may need to ride more than one train to reach New Orleans. To view all your Amtrak train options, start the ticket booking process on or use Google Maps.

Things to Know

  • Atlanta to New Orleans is a popular segment with a commute time of about 13 hours.
  • From Chicago, travel time to New Orleans is almost 20 hours and 9 hours from Memphis.
  • Once you arrive in New Orleans, you can transfer to the Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar next to the station for travel to the French Quarter, St. Claude Arts District and the Canal Streetcar line. View streetcar fares.

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