The Crescent Amtrak route travels between New York City and New Orleans. Experience Southern charm, college and mountain towns as well as big city life along the way. One of the notable highlights is the segment to or from New Orleans that involves travel over Lake Pontchartrain via the longest rail bridge in the United States.

Things to Know

  • Trains have WiFi, a lounge, cafe and flexible dining option for passengers who book sleeping accommodations.
  • Total trip time is 30 hours without delays, with decent arrival and departure times in New York City and New Orleans.
  • New Orleans has connections to the Sunset Limited trains that travel to California, and to City of New Orleans trains that travel to Memphis and Chicago.
  • Not all stations allow you to check luggage, but you can bring it on board if not. If you plan to bring large suitcases, click on your starting station below to see if checked bags are allowed.


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 from New York City in the afternoon and from New Orleans in the morning.
  • Charlotte arrivals and departures are not ideal (around 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. depending on direction of travel).
  • Related to above, northeast-bound trains stop in South and North Carolina in the middle of the night.
  • Northeast-bound trains arrive in Atlanta late at night (around 11 p.m.) and southwest-bound trains depart Atlanta in the morning.
  • Travel time between Atlanta and New Orleans is 13 hours.
  • Travel time between Atlanta and Birmingham is about 4.5 hours.
  • Like with many Amtrak trains, delays are possible because freight trains get priority over the shared rail.


Recent rider feedback:

  • It’s popular and relatively easy to take the Crescent from Atlanta or Alabama to New Orleans (day travel and no overnight in both directions)
  • Internet can be slow
  • This train route is not consistent: many people either have a fairly good time or don’t like it all, largely due to the delays that can happen.

Major Stops

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore
  • Washington D.C.
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Atlanta
  • Birmingham
  • New Orleans



  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Schuylkill River Trail
  • Delaware History Museum
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • The Delaware Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Washington D.C. museums
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • University of Virginia
  • Downtown Greensboro
  • Clemson University
  • Currahee Military Museum
  • Lake Lanier
  • Midtown Atlanta
  • McWane Science Center
  • Alabama Theatre
  • Birmingham History Center
  • Regions Field
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Smoothie King Center
  • National World War II Museum

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