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There are 5 ways to get from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station Crescent

$50 - $140

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Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Mobile, Al 1596 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Mobile, Al to Tuscaloosa, Al 9708

$45 - $105

3 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa 292.8 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional, drive  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional (GTR) MSY - GTR
  2. Drive from Columbus Golden Triangle Regional to Tuscaloosa

$186 - $976

Fly to Birmingham, train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Birmingham (BHM) MSY - BHM
  2. Take the train from Birmingham Intermodal Facility to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station

$167 - $819

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at Tuscaloosa, Al via Mobile, Al. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and arriving at Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 44 min.

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The distance between New Orleans and Tuscaloosa is 271 miles. The road distance is 292.8 miles.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa without a car is to train which takes 5 h 44 min and costs $50 - $140.

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The train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station takes 5 h 44 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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New Orleans to Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa is to train which takes 5 h 44 min and costs $50 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $110 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa.
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  • Distance: 270.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 44 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa via Mobile, Al in around 7 h 50 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Dallas
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Tampa
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Birmingham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
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 Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Train from Birmingham Intermodal Facility to Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
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 Mobile, Al
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $45
Bus from Mobile, Al to Tuscaloosa, Al
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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New Orleans to Tuscaloosa bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Tuscaloosa, Al station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Tuscaloosa is 293 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to drive from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa.

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Southwest Airlines and Delta offer flights from New Orleans Airport to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

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There are 58+ hotels available in Tuscaloosa. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to New Orleans Airport is to Bus which takes 38 min and costs $1 - $17.

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