Uber and Lyft are widely available throughout the city and tend to be more affordable and convenient than renting a car. Expect a price increase during major events such as Mardi Gras. United Cabs is the most reliable taxi service in New Orleans and even has its own app to compete with ridesharing services. New Orleans streetcar lines have been a staple of the city's public transportation for centuries; more specifically, the St.
The Charles Avenue streetcar line began carrying passengers in 1835, making it the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. Nowadays, the iconic brown and green or red and yellow cars follow in the footsteps of the city. Take a streetcar on Canal Street to head Downtown, Uptown and halfway down Carrollton Avenue. Get off at the St.
Charles and Jackson Avenues and explore the beautiful architecture of the historic houses of the Garden District before stopping for lunch on Magazine Street. Plan your tram exploration more with our streetcar itinerary, which breaks everything down by route. If you like to feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city outdoors, there are plenty of bike rental options in New Orleans. One of the most universal are Blue Bikes, a shared bike system with stations throughout the city.
Use the Lafitte Greenway to easily and safely bike from Mid-City to the Mississippi River. Unless you're planning extensive or remote explorations outside of major tourist areas (and, well, we recommend some peripheral destinations), you don't really need to rent a car during your stay in New Orleans. The city is flat, very picturesque and made for walking; there are plenty of taxis (also Uber, Lyft and bike taxis) and decent public transport. In fact, a tram ride is both entertainment and a practical means of getting around.
Meanwhile, driving and parking in the French Quarter can be a hassle. Many streets are narrow, bumpy, crowded and one-way. Outside the neighborhood grid, the streets lean in directions that defy logic in an attempt to line up around the curved Mississippi. Street parking is minimal and parking, including hotel parking, is incredibly expensive.
For most people, walking is the best way to get around the French Quarter. The streets are narrow, mostly one-way, and are often closed to cars. One of the best ways to explore New Orleans is on foot. We especially recommend walking for beginners, as the city has an environment that you simply can't find anywhere else.
Strolling through the area, you can admire its lively streets, vibrant history and impressive architecture. We suggest moving from head to toe in fall and spring when the weather is a little cooler. Those who need a little guidance while exploring should be able to find several walking tours offered throughout the city. While walking and biking are a great way to explore the city, they can often be tedious.
To rest your tired legs, why don't you get on a bike taxi? Scattered throughout the central areas of the city, this mode of transport provides a quick and easy way to get around the surrounding area. Fun and environmentally friendly, strollers allow you to enjoy all the places of interest without having to walk long distances. Since bike taxis have canvas roofs in a convertible style, they are a great option all year round, as they can protect you from all types of weather. As with most major cities, New Orleans has an excellent metropolitan bus system in order.
Although less romantic than the streetcar, this modern mode of transport has wider routes, meaning you can get to almost any area of the city with ease. If you plan to use the bus throughout your stay, you should consider purchasing a Jazzy pass, which offers unlimited travel with discounts for seniors, students and children. However, keep in mind that it's not the most reliable way to navigate the area. Those who choose this method of transportation should be aware of delays and maintain a flexible schedule.
We also suggest having a backup plan, in case the bus doesn't arrive on time. Even so, traveling by public transport has great advantages: you can interact with locals, connect with the city and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. . .