To and From the Airport

New Orleans - Louis Armstrong Intl (MSY):

Location: 17 km/11 Miles W of the City.
Airport Overview: One terminal on 2 levels. The upper level is for departures, and for the Jefferson Transit bus to and from the city. The lower level is for arrivals, baggage claim and all other transport options. The so-called 'Transportation Center' is on the lower level of the car park across the road from baggage claim number 6. It is a very poor attempt at a transport hub - just a few seats and no information or schedules. Rental Car shuttles stop behind the Transportation Center, as do hotel courtesy buses and parking shuttles.

By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait outside the baggage reclaim area on the ground level. Taxi Dispatchers have booths outside baggage carousels 4 and 11. Not all taxis have a credit card machine, but the dispatcher will find one for you if you wish to pay with a credit card. There is currently a fuel surcharge of $2 per trip (not per person!!).
Meter Rates: 1st eighth of a mile $2.50. each extra eighth of a mile $0.20. Waiting: $18 per hour. Trips to downtown New Orleans are not metered but a set fare: see below.
Approximate Costs: To Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter: $33 for 1 or 2 passengers, 3 or more passengers, $14 each. Takes 20-30 mins.
To Kenner South (1 or 2 passengers) $13.25 (3 or more passengers $7.25 each). To Kenner Central (1 or 2 passengers) $14.75 (3 or more passengers $7.50 each). To Kenner North or East (1 or 2 passengers) $16 (3 or more passengers $8.50 each). To River Ridge (1 or 2 passengers) $16 (3 or more passengers $8.50 each). To Harahan, David Dr or Power Blvd (1 or 2 passengers) $18 (3 or more passengers $9 each). To Clearview Pkwy (1 or 2 passengers) $20 (3 or more passengers $10 each). To Causeway Blvd (1 or 2 passengers) $22 (3 or more passengers $11 each). To New Orleans East (past Elysian Fields Ave) (1 or 2 passengers) $28 + meter + $1 toll (3 or more passengers $12 each + meter + $1 toll). To New Orleans West Bank (@ St Charles Ave Exit) (1 or 2 passengers) $28 + meter + $1 toll (3 or more passengers $12 each + meter + $1 toll).
There may be a charge for extra baggage. Remeber to add $2 fuel surcharge per trip to each of the above.
Taxi Companies: Liberty Bell Cab (504) 822 5974, Metry Cab (504) 835 4242, United Cabs (504) 522 9771, White Fellt Cabs (504) 948 6635 & Yellow Checker Cabs (504) 525 3311.

By Limo:
Airport Limousine: Airport Limousine operates Limos from the airport to the city. Reservations are not needed. Cost: To the city: 1 & 2 passenger $58, 3 passengers $68, 4 passengers $78, 5 passengers $88, 6 passengers $98, 7 passengers $108 & 8 passengers $118. A fuel surcharge of $3 is applied to these fares. Contact: They have a desk on the arrivals level near carousel 8. Tel (504) 305 2450.

By Bus:
Jefferson Transit E2 Bus to New Orleans: This bus picks up and drops on the median, outside Entrance #7 on the upper level. Near AirTran & Delta Check-in. During weekedays only it runs to the CBD.
Route (Mon-Fri): Airport Upper Level - Airline Highway - M A Green Shopping center - Dept of Motor vehicles (DMV) - Nike Factory Store - Tulane Ave/Carrollton - Corner Tulane/La Salle downtown New Orleans. Route (Weekends): Airport Upper Level - Airline Highway - M A Green Shopping center - Dept of Motor vehicles (DMV) - Nike Factory Store - Tulane Ave/Carrollton. Note: At weekends, this bus terminates short of the CBD/Downtown area. The most convenient stop to pick up the bus for a trip to the airport (Mon-Fri only) is at the corner of Tulane & La Salle in downtown New Orleans, just west of the French Quarter. The bus stop is opposite the large Soviet looking hospital, but there are no signs or schedules to indicate this.
Timings: Buses leave the airport Mon-Fri every 20-40 mins 0520-1657, then every 45-65 mins until 2120. Saturdays & Holidays every 30-65 mins 0624-2120. Sundays every 64 mins 0728-2120. Buses leave Tulane/La Salle in the city heading for the airport Mon-Fri ONLY every 25-45 mins 0615-1852. Buses leave Tulane/Carrollton heading for the airport Saturdays & Holidays every 30-64 mins 0653-2149. Sundays every 64 mins 0757-2149. Travel Times: To New Orleans City center 40-50 mins. To Carrollton 35-40 mins.
Cost: To New Orleans city (beyond carrollton Ave) $1.60 per person which includes one transfer valid on any Jefferson Transit bus. To all points short of carrollton Ave $1.10. One day ride ticket $5. half fares available on all tickets with appropriate ID. Contact: Jefferson Parish Transportation Department on (504) 367 7433 or
Hotel Courtesy Buses: Hotel Courtesy Buses pick up from behind the Transportation Center.

By Shuttle Van:
Airport Shuttle to New Orleans: Routes: Run a shuttle van service from the airport to and from the hotels in the CBD/Downtown and French Quarter. Note: Signage at the airport suggests vans run on 3 different routes, but staff in the terminal in November 2008 dispute this. Timings: Officially vans run every 20-30 mins. Note: Vans only depart when full or nearly full. This may mean considerable waiting at quiet times. I was asked to wait 30-40 mins mid-day during the week. Do not pay for your ticket unless you are sure a shuttle will be leaving soon. Cost: $15 one way, $30 round trip. 3 bags per person. Contact: Call 1-866 596 2699 or (504) 522 3500 for more details. For group reservations call 1-888 432 7651. Ticket desks are on the lower level in the baggage claim area next to carousel 6.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: Rental car desks can be found on the lowest level, near the baggage carousels. The following companies have desks: ALAMO, AVIS, Budget, Dollar/Enterprise, HERTZ, National & Thrifty. Note: Not all desks are open at all times. When the desks are closed, proceed to theTransportation Center (see above) and jump on the rental car shuttles that stop behind.

Car Parking: Short Term car Park is across the road from the terminal. Cost: 1 hour $2, each extra 30 mins $2, daily max $16. For info Tel (504) 464 0204. Long Term Car Park shuttles pick up behind the Transportation Center. There are several Long Term Car Parks across the highway from the airport.
Notes: ATMs/Cash machines on both levels. There is a bank on the departures level.
Airport Hotels: The Hilton Hotel is close to the terminal and has a free shuttle bus. tel (504) 469 5000 or 1 800 872 5914. Best Western Hotel, (504) 464 1644 is next to the Hilton. Crowne Plaza hotel runs a complimentary shuttle. La Quinta Inn Airport (504) 466 1401. Motel 6 Airport (504) 466 9666. days Inn Airport (504) 469 2531.
Airport Website:
Airport Tel No: +1 (504) 464 0831.
Updated Aug11 ADV. Last Visit Nov08

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