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There are 9 ways to get from New Orleans to California by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to San Diego  •  6h 16m

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

$163 - $620

Cheapest option

Fly to Los Angeles  •  6h 46m

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

$121 - $367

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Fly to San Francisco  •  7h 8m

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

$197 - $626

Fly to Oakland  •  7h 5m

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

$200 - $578

Fly to Long Beach  •  9h 23m

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

$223 - $719

Bus Greyhound USA  •  43h 51m

  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 Los Angeles, Ca

$199 - $499

Bus Greyhound Mexico  •  44h 2m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans to San Antonio
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio to Los Angeles Matamoros-Tijuana Airport / ...

$163 - $262

Train  •  46h 35m

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

$240 - $750

Drive  •  30h 32m

  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 30h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to California is to fly which costs $160 - $650 and takes 6h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to California. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at 5th / Los Angeles via Houston, Tx, Ft Worth, Tx and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43h 51m.

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

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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 43h 51m and costs $190 - $500.

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It takes approximately 6h 16m 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 6h 16m and costs $160 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $500 and takes 43h 51m, you could also train, which costs $240 - $750 and takes 46h 35m.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to California.
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  • Distance: 1722.9 miles
  • Duration: 6h 16m

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and three 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, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 43h 51m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Austin
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Oakland
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Denver, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Austin, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Houston Hobby Apt, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Dallas, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Kansas City, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Dallas, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Houston
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
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
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Long Beach via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from New Orleans to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from New Orleans to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from New Orleans to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
46h 35m
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
7h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95
Bus from Houston, Tx to Ft Worth, Tx
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Bus from Ft Worth, Tx to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
28h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$130 - $330
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$130 - $220
Flexible
$250 - $330
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Antonio to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
30h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from New Orleans Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 5m.

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

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California is 2h behind New Orleans. It is currently 4:29 AM in New Orleans and 2:29 AM in California.

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

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

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

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There are seven+ 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 38m and costs $1 - $17.

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