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There are 7 ways to get from New Orleans to Columbia by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Columbia  •  6h 22m

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Columbia (CAE) MSY - CAE

$173 - $919

Cheapest option

Bus via Civic Center Station  •  15h 22m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Atlanta, Ga 1596 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta GA to Columbia, SC

$75 - $158

5 alternative options

Fly to Augusta, bus  •  8h 36m

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Augusta (AGS) MSY - AGS
  2. Take the bus from Augusta, GA to Columbia, SC

$188 - $829

Bus  •  15h 4m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Atlanta, Ga 1596 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia, SC Atlanta

$84 - $173

Bus via Buckner Cort EB  •  15h 56m

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Atlanta, Ga 1596 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to Columbia, SC Atlanta

$83 - $172

Train  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Greensboro Amtrak Station
  2. Take the train from Greensboro Amtrak Station to Cary Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Cary Amtrak Station to Columbia Amtrak Station

$184 - $490

Drive  •  11h 2m

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Columbia 680.9 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Columbia is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Columbia is to fly which costs $170 - $950 and takes 6h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Columbia. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at Sumter Laurel SB via Peachtree St @ Alabama St, Atlanta, GA and Broad Dutch SB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 4m.

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No, there is no direct train from New Orleans to Columbia station. However, there are services departing from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and arriving at Columbia Amtrak Station via Greensboro Amtrak Station and Cary Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 10m.

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The distance between New Orleans and Columbia is 602 miles. The road distance is 680.9 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Columbia without a car is to bus which takes 15h 4m and costs $80 - $180.

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It takes approximately 6h 22m to get from New Orleans to Columbia, including transfers.

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

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New Orleans to Columbia 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 Columbia is to fly which takes 6h 22m and costs $170 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $180 and takes 15h 4m, you could also train, which costs $180 - $490 and takes 27h 10m.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 602.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 22m

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

Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from New Orleans to Columbia hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Columbia via Atlanta, Ga, Peachtree St @ Alabama St, Peachtree St Sw @ Brotherton Transportation Mall, Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, and Broad Dutch SB in around 15h 4m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 31m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Houston
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
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 Greensboro Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
19h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $340
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Business Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Room
$470 - $650
Train from Greensboro Amtrak Station to Cary Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from Cary Amtrak Station to Columbia Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
South Eastern Stages
Phone
+1 877.836.7607 / 404.591.2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Augusta, GA to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
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 Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Columbia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 23m and has one stopover.

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New Orleans to Columbia bus services, operated by South Eastern Stages, arrive at Columbia, SC station.

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Columbia is 1h ahead of New Orleans. It is currently 6:02 PM in New Orleans and 7:02 PM in Columbia.

New Orleans to Columbia train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Columbia Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Columbia is 681 miles. It takes approximately 11h 2m to drive from New Orleans to Columbia.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from New Orleans Airport to Columbia Airport.

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There are 110+ hotels available in Columbia. Prices start at $59 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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