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The Queen City of the South
Airport Information
The New Orleans area has general weather patterns for different seasons. In the cooler months, weather is typically fair, with weather systems coming from the northwest. When this occurs, the airport operates to the north. This means aircraft takeoff towards the Lake on Runway 01. The opposite is true for the summer months. Typically summer weather has daily thunderstorms with hot moist air coming from the Gulf of Mexico. This means the Airport operates to the south on Runway 19 or to the east on Runway 10. These seasonal shifts in operating flow lead many people to believe that a change in "flight patterns" has occurred, when in fact they have not.
How far is the Airport from Downtown New Orleans, and how do I get there?
The Airport is approximately 11 miles from the Central Business District. This includes the River walk, French Quarter, and Jackson Square. There are many ways to get from here to there. Taxicabs, shuttle buses, and public transportation have routes that can get you to the CBD 24-hours a day. Be sure to check out the Ground Transportation page to find out more info.
Your best bet is to take a cab from New Orleans International Airport into the city. The trip is about twelve miles, and costs roughly $21, or $8 person for three or more people.

Public Bus
A ride on this public bus costs $1.50 per person which includes one transfer good from any Jefferson Transit bus. This bus picks up outside Entrance #7 on the upper level and runs every 15-20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. For more information, contact Jefferson Parish Transportation Department at (504) 367-7433 or on the web at

Union Station
Union Station is located at 1001 Loyola Avenue. Amtrak does not provide transportation to or from the airport. Passengers should use limousine, public bus, or taxi service to reach the station.

Greyhound Bus
Pick-up for the Greyhound Bus is located on the upper level outside Entrance #7. For information fares and scheduling, call (504) 525-9371. Tickets are available from the driver.

A cab ride costs $28.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one or two persons and $12.00 (per passenger) for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage.

Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for $13.00 (per person, one-way), $26.00 (per person, round-trip), or $24.00 (per person, round-trip for two or more people when purchased at the airport). Three bags per person. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation. For group reservations of 10 or more people please dial 1-888-432-7651. Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area.