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How to get to New Orleans

Driving long distances can be a hassle, but your trip to New Orleans doesn’t have to be. If you are driving to New Orleans, I-10 is the main artery in and out of New Orleans.

Driving to New Orleans from the west or east

If you are coming from the west, take I-10 through Metairie. You will see the I-10 / I-610 division. Stay on I-10 (also known as the Pontchartrain Expressway) toward New Orleans. From I-10 take US 90 to the Mississippi River. (West Bank). From 90, take the Poydras Street Exit (on the left) toward Superdome and New Orleans Arena. Coming from the east, take I-10 onto US 90 West. Follow signs to NO Business District, US90 West, Crescent City Connection to West Bank.

Driving through New Orleans

To go to Uptown or Downtown, or the French Quarter, pass the Poydras Street exit towards Carondelet / St. Charles exit. (Carondelet goes downtown, St. Charles goes downtown) Follow Carondelet across the Canal and into the French Quarter. Carondelet turns into Bourbon when it crosses Canal Street.

One important thing to know is that New Orleans is divided into Canal Street. The Uptown side (towards Poydras Street) is in the American sector of the city and the Downtown (French Quarter) side is in the old Creole side of the city. All streets change their name to Canal Street. St. Charles Avenue becomes Royal Street, etc.

Follow St. Charles Avenue to reach the Garden District, Tulane and Loyola Universities, the Audubon Zoo and other Uptown attractions.

Cruise addresses

If you are taking a cruise outside of New Orleans, take exit 11C off the freeway. 90 (Tchoupitoulas and South Peters St.) Turn right on Tchoupitoulas, then left on Henderson Street. Go over the train tracks and turn left. You will see Mardi Gras World on your right and the Convention Center on your left just before you turn. The Port of New Orleans building is just on the right and a little further on are the Erato and Julia Street Terminals with parking.

Public transport

New Orleans is a compact city, so it’s easy to get around once you’re here using public transportation. Taxis are readily available and reasonable, or take a ride on the tram or bus.

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