Updated: May 26, 2019
Understanding your transportation in New Orleans is essential for a smooth stress free trip! Many of Nola's streets were originally made for horse carriages, and not the heavy traffic of tourist. The streets are packed full of people, cars, bikes, pedicabs, street performers, and horse carriages. This all contributed by the free-spirited culture that locals and tourist share alike, but can make transportation painful at times.
If you’re staying in the French Quarter, Downtown or in the Arts/Warehouse District, you may be able to walk to all of your destinations. If you need a ride, New Orleans’ has a charming streetcar, bike rentals, a bus, ferry, pedicab, horse carriages, Lyft, Uber, and taxis. Here is a guide to help you find what is best for you and your trip!
Driving + Parking
Driving or trying to park can be a nightmare. There are people everywhere, bikes darting around, and lots of one-way streets. It can get complicated and stressful, real quick. If you are driving into New Orleans by car; I highly suggest mapping out where to park before just jumping in the car and winging it. Ask your hotel, airbnb, friends, or google for details of where the best parking options are so you don't go around in circles looking aimlessly or getting lost.
I could overload you with info on airport parking, but the best way to navigate to and from the airport is at EZparker.com. -There is lots of options to plan ahead and make your trip less stressful!
Don't forget to check with your hotel to see if they have shuttles available that you can schedule. If you are staying at an Airbnb, ask the owners if they have a recommendation on the fasted shuttle routes or companies to their location.
There are several site that are designed just to help you find parking throughout Nola. You can even reserve your parking spot and pay in advance online or enter your destination address to see what your options are.
Parking Panda | Mobile App Download - to find, reserve and pay for parking in advance. This mobile reservation service operates in selling reservations for a variety of companies at over 30 locations in New Orleans.
Premium Parking Reservations - you can reserve public parking that is closest to the destination address.
New Orleans Public Parking Garages - Find the Closest Parking Garage and pre-pay to reserve your parking spot in advance
French Quarter Parking - List and maps of all public parking in French Quarter
Once you have found parking then you may not want to move your car unless you are heading out of Nola. Join the locals and walk to your destinations!
Parking Meter 101 - Do and Don'ts
Most of the city’s meters accept dollar bills, credit cards and the Parkmobile app. Read the meters before you park. Parking is prohibited at meters in designated rush hour zones from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Broken meters are not free passes. They are technically off-limits and will land you a ticket.
Parking is free on meter holidays observed by the City of New Orleans.
- 3 PRO TIP WARNINGS -
1. Parking control measures and meter limits are strictly enforced. Meter inspection workers are always walking around and activity writing tickets to cars in violation. If you leave your vehicle in an illegal parking spot or without sufficient funds for the meter. it will be towed. This is not a might be... it WILL be!
2. If your staying for awhile and value your car, then don't park on the street! Your car might not look the same way you left it when you return. Find a parking lot or Garage at the links listed above!