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    Car hire in New Orleans, USA - Get the best rates

    Taking advantage of its prime location in south-east Louisiana, at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River, car hire in New Orleans is the best way to explore this vibrant, cultural city - without doubt one of the most laid-back places in the USA. Known affectionately as the Big Easy, it’s a melting pot of people from many different ethnic persuasions, most notably French, Spanish, Creole and Cajun, all of whom have left an indelible stamp on the city’s heritage. Each year in early spring (February/March), New Orleans bursts into life during the famous Mardi Gras season, a two-week-long frenzy of concerts, exhibitions, street parties and marching parades that has evolved into the world’s largest street party. A must for visitors is a leisurely walk through the historic Vieux Carré (French Quarter), a picture-postcard neighbourhood first inhabited by French trappers towards the end of the 17th century. By night, the focus is on Bourbon Street where many of the world’s top jazz musicians perform throughout the year, because New Orleans is the true home of jazz. Another highlight is a ride on one of the city’s iconic trams (known locally as streetcars), reputedly the oldest in the USA. Likewise, a stroll along the Mississippi waterfront is something definitely not to be missed, complete with a visit to the Audobon Aquarium of Americas, one of New Orleans’ top tourist attractions. As you’d expect from one of USA’s oldest cities, New Orleans boasts many important cultural attractions, namely the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. There’s even a museum dedicated to cocktails! And we can’t talk about New Orleans without mentioning the local cuisine, which is rich, varied and totally unique. Make sure you try some of the city’s specialities, like gumbo (a thick stew), jambalaya (a rice-based dish with meat and vegetables) and the fried-seafood-filled po’boys (tasty sandwiches made with crusty French bread). Car rental in New Orleans is a popular way of exploring all parts of the city and its environs, plus it also gives visitors the chance to follow the course of the Mississippi River north to many other fascinating places, such as St. Louis and Memphis. Note that Louisiana's Great River Road National Scenic Byway runs through New Orleans Plantation Country, providing some spectacular vistas along the way, allowing you to enjoy the best of the Cajun coast at any time of the year. Guaranteeing the lowest prices, Auto Europe offers the very best car hire New Orleans deals, so start planning your journey with us today! No other car rental company offers such great value for money in Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta region. There's no better feadback than that of our previous customers, so for added peace of mind before booking you next car rental in Louisiana, make sure you read the comments posted by other Auto Europe customers on our New Orleans car hire reviews page.

    Traffic and parking

    The main artery into and out of New Orleans is the I-10 and, like any big city, it’s best to avoid the rush hour! Parking is easy and stress-free for people hiring a car in New Orleans, particularly if you plan well ahead. There are enough car parks in the French Quarter to cater for visitors, even during the busiest times of the year such as Mardi Gras. Please note that special offers known as Early Birds are available at some car parks, so look out for those. Most of the city’s parking meters accept dollar bills and credit cards which is convenient. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before you park because parking is prohibited at meters in the city’s designated rush hour zones from 7-9am and 4-6pm. It’s also worth knowing that broken meters are not an invitation to park for free because they are technically off-limits and could land you a hefty parking ticket!

    Read our USA driving information guide before you travel, it has lots of handy tips!

    Geographic Information

    Nestling between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River Delta in south-east Louisiana, New Orleans is an easy city to navigate and the perfect place to hire a car in Louisiana, especially the downtown district. Most of the city is dead flat and perfect for exploring either on foot or by bicycle. Due to its southerly location, the city can get quite hot and humid in summer, but the good news is that winters are relatively mild and the weather in spring and autumn is ideal for sightseeing.

    New Orleans Airport

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is situated 11 miles west of downtown New Orleans and easily reachable by public transport as well the popular airport shuttle. The airport has one terminal with another currently under construction and due to open in 2019. Facilities include free Wi-fi, a modern business centre and a special area for charging electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones. Besides catering for passengers in wheelchairs, the airport provides a wide range of assistance for people with limited mobility. British Airways operates a regular service throughout the year between London Heathrow and New Orleans.

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
    Address: 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062, United States
    Telephone: +1 504-464-0831

    Public Transportation

    Getting around New Orleans is lots of fun with plenty of options available. Besides an efficient bus network, the city’s most popular (and characteristic) form of transportation is the world-famous tram (streetcar) with four routes in operation, each departing from the city’s downtown area. As its names suggests, the Riverfront Streetcar skirts the banks of the Mississippi River, thus guaranteeing the most scenic ride in town. Alternatively, you can take to the river itself by means of the Canal Street/Algiers ferry which has been transporting passengers from one side to the other since 1827.

    Useful links

    New Orleans Tourism Website