The City of New Orleans Amtrak route travels between New Orleans and Chicago with a stop at Memphis, linking three of America’s great music cities. Experience small Midwestern towns, the majestic Mississippi River and the Deep South on your journey.

Things to Know

  • No WiFi
  • City of New Orleans trains have a new flexible dining option (no traditional dining car) for passengers who book sleeping accommodations starting Oct. 1, 2019
  • Trip time between New Orleans and Chicago is about 19 hours and four hours between Memphis and New Orleans


View the Amtrak timetable for the City of New Orleans train to plan your trip. You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Trains depart Chicago around 8 p.m.
  • Trains depart New Orleans around 1:45 p.m.
  • Overnight, trains are in parts of Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee


Top tips and takeaways from rider reviews:

  • People either love or hate the trip
  • Food is decent, but not stellar
  • Train a little worn
  • Pack a small blanket or warm layer on long or overnight trips

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • Memphis
  • Jackson, MS
  • New Orleans



  • Chicago Loop
  • Willis Tower
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Blues Hall of Fame
  • Mississippi Riverwalk
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Smoothie King Center
  • National World War II Museum
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • New Orleans Streetcars
  • Downtown New Orleans

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