The Crescent Amtrak route travels between New York City and New Orleans daily. 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

  • A small cat or dog in a pet carrier is allowed with advance arrangements
  • Trains have WiFi, a lounge, dining car and a variety of sleeping accommodations.
  • Total trip time is 30 hours without delays, with decent arrival and departure times in New York City and New Orleans
  • Not all stations allow you to check luggage, but you can bring it on board if not. However, if you plan to bring large suitcases, it might make things more challenging. View the timetable link below to see where checked bags are allowed (a suitcase symbol will be next to the city name)

Schedule

View the Amtrak timetable for the Crescent to plan your trip. You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Trains depart from New York City in the afternoon and from New Orleans at 7 a.m.
  • Charlotte arrivals and departures are not ideal (around 2 a.m. in both directions)
  • Like with many Amtrak trains, delays are possible because freight trains get priority over the shared rail, so it is important to consider the time you might be departing from a station and decide if you would be able to manage a delay of four hours or more

Reviews

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. If you are on a specific or tight schedule, you might not want to take this route.

Major Stops

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

Stations

Attractions

  • 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