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

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Recommended option

Fly to Columbia  •  5 h 30 min

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

$196 - $947

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans to Marta Civic Center Station - Nb
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta GA to Columbia, SC

$82 - $114

5 alternative options

Fly to Augusta, bus  •  7 h 24 min

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

$204 - $848

Bus via Mobile, Al  •  13 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Mobile, Al
  2. Take the bus from Mobile, Al to Atlanta, Ga
  3. Take the bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia, SC

$105 - $209

Bus  •  14 h 18 min

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

$97 - $190

Train  •  27 h 10 min

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

$184 - $490

Drive  •  11 h 2 min

  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 11 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Columbia is to fly which costs $190 - $950 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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

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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 13 h 22 min and costs $100 - $210.

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It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to get from New Orleans to Columbia, including transfers.

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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 5 h 30 min and costs $190 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $210 and takes 13 h 22 min, you could also train, which costs $180 - $490 and takes 27 h 10 min.

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Columbia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 54 min and has one stopover.

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Columbia is 1 h ahead of New Orleans. It is currently 8:25 AM in New Orleans and 9:25 AM in Columbia.

Map of how to get from New Orleans to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 602.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

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

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from New Orleans to Columbia hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Columbia via Mobile, Al, Atlanta, Ga, Peachtree St @ Alabama St, Peachtree St Sw @ Brotherton Transportation Mall, Atlanta, GA, and Columbia, SC in around 13 h 22 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from New Orleans to Augusta via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from New Orleans to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
19 h 37 min
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 Galyon Transportation Center to Cary Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
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 to Columbia Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
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
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, GA to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
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.

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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 Mobile, Al
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $45
Bus from Mobile, Al to Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Bus from New Orleans, La to Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from New Orleans to Marta Civic Center Station - Nb
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Atlanta GA to Columbia, SC
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Book at
megabus.com

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