There are 5 ways to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis by plane, train, bus 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Indianapolis (IND) MSY - IND

$154 - $459

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  20 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans to Marta Civic Center Station - Nb
  2. Take the bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis

$94 - $123

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  19 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak City Of New Orleans
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Indianapolis, IN 1401 / ...

$140 - $359

Bus via Nashville, Tn  •  20 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Atlanta, Ga
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to Nashville, Tn
  3. Take the bus from Nashville, Tn to Louisville, Ky
  4. Take the bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak

$128 - $283

Drive  •  13 h 26 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Indianapolis 822.9 miles

$80 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 13 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis is to fly which costs $150 - $460 and takes 4 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Indianapolis. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak via Atlanta, Ga, Nashville, Tn and Louisville, KY. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 14 min.

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The distance between New Orleans and Indianapolis is 717 miles. The road distance is 822.9 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis without a car is to train and bus which takes 19 h 40 min and costs $140 - $360.

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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis is to fly which takes 4 h 23 min and costs $150 - $460. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $290 and takes 20 h 14 min.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Indianapolis.
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  • Distance: 717.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from New Orleans to Indianapolis hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Atlanta, Ga, Nashville, Tn, Louisville, Ky, and Louisville, KY in around 20 h 14 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $2,400
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $2,400
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Dallas
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $2,400
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $2,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $2,900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $4,400
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $4,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $3,800
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $650
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Champaign-Urbana to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.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
9 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to Nashville, Tn
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Nashville, Tn to Louisville, Ky
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
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 Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Book at
megabus.com

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