New Orleans is easy to navigate without a car, so save time searching for parking and soak up the city’s one-of-a-kind ambiance on foot or by bike. When venturing outside the walkable French Quarter, buses, streetcars, and city tours can connect you with neighborhoods off the beaten path. Here’s how to get around the Big Easy.
Take a Walk
Many of New Orleans’ most charming areas are relatively small and compact, making it easy to soak up the city’s Creole atmosphere on foot. Join a walking tour to learn history while you stroll past antebellum mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, quirky shops in the Marigny, or hidden courtyards in the French Quarter.
Ride Public Transit
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority runs a well-connected network of buses and streetcars that can get you almost anywhere you want to go in the city. Pay the posted fare when you board, or buy a Jazzy Pass ranging from one to 31 days for unlimited travel. Passes can be purchased directly from operators or at vending machines at several Canal Street transit shelters. If traveling between the French Quarter and the Garden District or Audubon Park, hop aboard the St. Charles Streetcar for a vintage ride straight out of a Tennessee Williams play.
Book a Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tour
Easily make your way around New Orleans with a hop-on hop-off tour that combines the flexibility of a bus route with commentary about passing sights for a user-friendly experience. Customize your ride with a single- or multi-day ticket, and get on and off at popular stops such as Jackson Square, the French Market, St. Louis Cemetery #1, and Canal Street.
Bike or Ride a Segway
Thanks to a flat landscape and wide avenues, New Orleans is a great city to explore on two wheels. Rent a bike or join a bike tour for an athletic overview of main landmarks that gives you the flexibility to stop for photos. Segway tours are a popular way to zip around the compact French Quarter on days when it's just too hot to break a sweat.
Cruise the Mighty Mississippi
New Orleans was built on the water, so get a fresh perspective on the landscape with a Mississippi River cruise aboard a historic paddlewheeler. While most cruises start and end at the same dock, it's a relaxing and scenic way to get outside the main tourist areas and connect with the city's history as a major port.