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Your New Orleans train tickets will bring you to Union Passenger Terminal, centrally located in downtown New Orleans. From the New Orleans trains, you can walk to the city center relatively easily. If you prefer public transport, you can take the St. Charles streetcar or the Number 11 Magazine bus line to connect to the city center as well as destinations all over New Orleans. Union Passenger Terminal is also a regional bus station if you are heading to points beyond New Orleans. From the train station, you can also catch a taxi or call for a rideshare such as Uber or Lyft if you prefer more direct transport to your destination.
If you are arriving on one of the trains to New Orleans, you have a good selection of services available at Union Passenger Terminal. There are restrooms and payphones if you need to call for a ride from the station. There is an ATM for bank transactions and vending machines as well as fast food if you want a quick refreshment on arrival. For those train passengers with limited mobility, the station has accessible facilities, including platforms, restrooms, a waiting room, and a water fountain. Passengers who need assistance can request courtesy wheelchairs. Union Passenger Terminal also accommodates unaccompanied children on New Orleans trains.
Union Passenger Terminal opened in 1954 as a consolidation of five different train stations across New Orleans. It replaced the original Union Station, a one-of-a-kind by architect Louis Sullivan, known for his Chicago School design. The famous Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career included working as a draftsman on that project. The new facility for trains to New Orleans was designed by local New Orleans’ firms and opened as an ultra-modern facility. At that time, it was the only air-conditioned train station in the US. The waiting hall has a massive fresco mural painted by Conrad Albrizio, a famous Louisiana State University arts professor. You can see Louisiana’s history unfold in these recently restored panels from the exploration and colonization to the current era.
When passengers arrive on their New Orleans trains to Union Passenger Terminal train station, they are just moments away from experiencing New Orleans. Art lovers can take a short walk to Camp Street to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art then head across the street to the Contemporary Arts Center. Or you can continue through the Warehouse District, known for its trendy boutiques and artsy cafés, toward the Riverwalk for some coffee and the famous beignets at Café du Monde. You might want to visit the Audubon Butterfly Park on your way to hear some jazz on Bourbon Street.
US citizens traveling with New Orleans train tickets should carry valid photo IDs with them if they are over 18. You may have to present ID for certain transactions such as checking baggage, purchasing tickets onboard from conductors, or for random checks onboard the trains. You can show one form of ID that is government-issued or two IDs, with at least one being government-issued. All IDs must be current and not expired. Valid photo IDs accepted include state-issued driver’s licenses, passports, official government IDs, military photo IDs, Job Corps IDs, and student IDs from high schools or colleges.
The average price you’ll pay to travel by train to New Orleans will be determined by where you’re coming from. If you’re leaving from Chicago the lowest ticket price is usually about $262, from Houston Hobby Airport it’s about $94 and from Lafayette it’s around $96.
Most people in New Orleans will arrive at New Orleans Union, one of the most accessible stations in the area. Two frequently accessed cities you can get to by train from New Orleans Union are Chicago and Memphis.
Amtrak is a common choice made by travelers seeking to travel by train to New Orleans. More rail options may be available, depending on where you’re coming from.
Ride a one-way train to New Orleans for $22 on average this week. Overall, prices are generally stable for the next 3 months or so. We recommend booking when you can, as seats may be limited.
It is 11.0 mi to get from New Orleans Union station to the center of New Orleans, 11.9 mi to get from New Orleans S Peters St Parking station to the center of New Orleans, and 11.9 mi to get from New Orleans University station to the center of New Orleans.
You will need to travel 2.6 mi to get from New Orleans Union to Tulane University, 0.3 mi to get from New Orleans Union to Smoothie King Center, and 3.5 mi to get from New Orleans Union to Audubon Zoo.