There are 8 ways to get from New Orleans to California by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to San Diego  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to San Diego (SAN) MSY - SAN

$164 - $620

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Fly to Los Angeles  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MSY - LAX

$128 - $375

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Fly to Oakland  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Oakland (OAK) MSY - OAK

$200 - $578

Fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to San Francisco (SFO) MSY - SFO

$198 - $626

Fly to Long Beach  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Long Beach (LGB) MSY - LGB

$224 - $719

Bus  •  44 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Houston, Tx
  2. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Ft Worth, Tx
  3. Take the bus from Ft Worth, Tx to El Monte, Ca

$199 - $501

Train  •  46 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Sunset Limited

$240 - $750

Drive  •  30 h 32 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Los Angeles 1902.6 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to California is to drive which costs $180 - $270 and takes 30 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to California is to fly which costs $160 - $650 and takes 5 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to California station. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at El Monte Busway / Alameda - Union Station via Houston, Tx, Ft Worth, Tx and El Monte Station - Upper Level. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 46 h 35 min.

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The distance between New Orleans and California is 1723 miles. The road distance is 1902.6 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to California without a car is to bus which takes 44 h 15 min and costs $190 - $500.

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It takes approximately 5 h 45 min to get from New Orleans to California, including transfers.

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New Orleans to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New Orleans, La station.

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New Orleans to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal station.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to California is to fly which takes 5 h 45 min and costs $160 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $500 and takes 44 h 15 min, you could also train, which costs $240 - $750 and takes 46 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to California.
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  • Distance: 1722.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 45 min

What companies run services between New Orleans, LA, USA and California, USA?

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from New Orleans to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston, Tx, Ft Worth, Tx, El Monte, Ca, and El Monte Station - Upper Level in around 44 h 15 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Austin
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Oakland
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Houston Hobby Apt, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via St. Louis, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via San Diego, Sacramento
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Chicago Midway, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Atlanta, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
46 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$240 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$440 - $650
Business Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Room
$900 - $1,300
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from New Orleans, La to Houston, Tx
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95
Bus from Houston, Tx to Ft Worth, Tx
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Bus from Ft Worth, Tx to El Monte, Ca
Ave. Duration
29 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$130 - $330
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$130 - $220
Flexible
$250 - $330

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The quickest flight from New Orleans Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 50 min.

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New Orleans to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at El Monte, Ca station.

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California is 2 h behind New Orleans. It is currently 6:25 AM in New Orleans and 4:25 AM in California.

New Orleans to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to California is 1903 miles. It takes approximately 30 h 32 min to drive from New Orleans to California.

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American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from New Orleans Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in California. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to New Orleans Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs $1 - $17.

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