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. For a virtual tour, listen to the the City of New Orleans audio overview.

Things to Know

  • No WiFi
  • The majority of daytime travel is in Mississippi.
  • City of New Orleans trains have a new flexible dining option for passengers who book sleeping accommodations.
  • Trip time between New Orleans and Chicago is about 19 hours.
  • Trip time between New Orleans and Memphis is about 4 hours.

Schedule

You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.

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

Reviews

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 clothes as trains can be cold

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • Memphis
  • Jackson, MS
  • New Orleans

Stations

Attractions

  • Chicago Loop
  • Willis Tower
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Blues Hall of Fame
  • Mississippi Riverwalk
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • 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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