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.


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

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • Memphis
  • Jackson, MS
  • New Orleans



  • 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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