Regional Transit Authority Bus Lines (RTA)
When in New Orleans, taking a scenic ride on the Streetcar is a must-do experience. But what if you’re on a tight schedule or the Streetcar route doesn’t get you where you want to go? Take the bus!
There are 30 different bus routes in the city. And for only $1.25 per trip, you can cover everything on your list in the Garden District, and still make it back for an early dinner in the French Quarter. Check out these recommendations for traveling to each neighborhood by bus!
Uptown/ Garden District/ Central Business District
- Magazine Line - From antique shopping, to boutique coffee shops, virtually every bus stop on this street will bring you to a fun destination. Take Bus 11 from Downtown to Uptown and stop at any point to take a stroll along the charming window displays on Magazine Street.
Use this bus to get to Audubon Park, or anywhere on St. Charles Avenue along the way!
- Freret Line - The Freret Line will take you from Downtown all the way Uptown to Tulane University (Freret Street and Broadway).
Freret Street has some of the best food and live music in the Uptown area. Get off at Freret and Napoleon for dinner at a variety of hot spots. Then walk right over to Publiq House or Gasa Gasa for some live music.
- Tchoupitoulas Line - Ride along the Mississippi River on your way from the French Quarter to Audubon Zoo on Bus 10. Be sure to stop by Hansen’s Sno-Bliz for a sweet treat and Tipitina’s for some live music on the way back.
Faubourg Marigny/ Bywater
- Marigny-Bywater - Don’t feel like walking to Frenchmen Street? Take the Marigny-Bywater Line and save your feet for dancing all night to live music! Use this line to explore neighborhood shops and restaurants during the day.
- Leonidas-Treme - You can take the Bus 32 to get to Mid-City from Uptown or Downtown. Get off at Orleans Ave near Easton Park and stop by Parkway Bakery if you’re looking for a good Po-Boy.
- Jackson-Esplanade - Want to go to City Park? Take Bus 91 and get off at Beauregard Circle.
Arts/ Warehouse District
Getting to this neighborhood by bus is easy. Any of the following lines pick up at Canal and Magazine Street Downtown and can take you quickly to the Arts/ Warehouse District:
Fares and Passes:
Jazzy Passes – If you plan on riding the bus often during your stay, check out Jazzy Pass options to make your trips quicker and cheaper.
Reduced Fares and Paratransit options are also available for senior citizens and disabled travellers.
Airport Express Transportation Options
202 Airport Express – To get to or from the airport, you can use the RTA’s 202 Airport Express, which travels from the airport terminals to Elk Place at Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.
The fare is $1.50 and the bus makes 9 daily trips to New Orleans. For more information, you can visit the New Orleans RTA website here.
Jefferson Transit E2 Airport Route – The E2 Airport Route provides service from New Orleans International Airport into the New Orleans Central Business District. It travels to the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Loyola Avenue, conveniently located near the Hyatt Regency and various major hotels in the city. Additionally, the Jefferson Transit E2 Airport Bus stops in Mid-City, at the intersection of Tulane Avenue and S. Carrollton Avenue.
The fare is $2.00 to get to the CBD, and you can transfer to a NORTA streetcar or bus when you arrive downtown at the Union Passenger Terminal. You can also use a Jazzy Pass if you’re planning on taking public transportation throughout your trip in New Orleans - it will save you time and money!
For more information, you can visit the New Orleans RTA website here.
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has made it easy to find your route and track the bus you’re looking for.
Find out exactly when your bus will arrive with the Transit Tracker.
You can also use Trip Planner to help you find exactly what routes to take to get to your destination.
And now you can download the free RTA gomobile app to pay for your fare instantly on your phone!
For more information on bus routes and public transportation, check out the RTA’s website at www.norta.com.