New Orleans

Accommodation:

  • Saint Ann Marie Antoinette Hotel

Transport:

  • The city’s famous streetcars operate on 4 lines, each originating Downtown and will go through the French Quarter
  • The cars run along a 6-mile crescent from Carondelet at Canal Street in the Central Business District through the oldest section of Uptown New Orleans, around the Riverbend to Carrollton at Claiborne Avenue
  • The red Canal streetcar line takes locals and tourists on a 5.5-mile route from the foot of Canal Street through the Central Business District and into the Mid-City area. The line ends at City Park Avenue, near the ‘Cities of the Dead’
  • Six vintage red streetcars operate along the popular Riverfront line, that take you from the French Market to the Aquarium of the Americas
  • A single streetcar fare is $1.25 and must be paid with the exact change when boarding. A 3 day ticket costs $3
  • Pedicabs operate primarily along the Canal Street downtown corridor and in the French Quarter and nearby Faubourg Marigny and Garden District neighbourhoods. The rates per ride are $5 for the first six blocks and $1 per block per person after that
  • The Canal Street/Algiers Ferry costs $2 per person
  • An Airport Shuttle service is available to and from Downtown and Uptown New Orleans hotels, the French Quarter, the Ernest N Morial Convention Center and the Cruise Ship Terminal. A one-way ticket costs $24 per adult. You can purchase tickets at http://www.airportshuttleneworleans.com or in person at the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located on the ground level of the airport across from the baggage claim area

Things to see:

  • The dark green St Charles streetcar is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world
  • Algiers Point
  • French Quarter
  • Mississippi River
  • Canal Street
  • Frenchmen Street
  • Garden District
  • St Louis Cathedral
  • Jackson Square
  • City Park
  • Royal Street
  • St Louis Cemetery No 1

Tips:

  • If you want to visit City Park, jump on any of the Canal streetcars that say City Park/Museum on the front window sign. The final stop is the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • The Loyola Avenue/Union Passenger Terminal street car loop provides an easy way for visitors to get to hotels and the city if arriving by Amtrak or Greyhound
  • Some of the best views of the city are from the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry in the middle of the Mississippi River. You can board the ferry at Canal Street, situated next to the Aquarium of the Americas
  • The ferry leaves Algiers Point every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, and leaves Canal Street every 30 minutes at a quarter until and a quarter after the hour. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Click here for ferry departure times
  • Check out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, rumoured to be New Orleans’ oldest pub that was built between 1722 and 1732
  • Visit Mardi Gras World to get a behind the scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions
  • If going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, take a coat/ jumper as it can get really cold in the evening. Additionally, as with any festival/event, hotel prices jump, so try to book ahead. Plan when you want to leave the parade as taxis can be difficult to find
  • Click here for free maps of the city’s districts

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