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.

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Things to Know

Schedule Highlights

  • Trains depart Chicago in the evening.
  • Trains depart New Orleans in the afternoon.
  • Overnight, trains are in parts of Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • Trip time between New Orleans and Memphis is about 4 hours.
  • Trip time between New Orleans and Chicago is about 19 hours.

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