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There are 4 ways to get from St. Louis to New Orleans by plane, night bus, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to New Orleans (MSY) STL - MSY

$174 - $430

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Bus  •  17 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
  2. Take the bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
  3. Take the bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La

$87 - $224

2 alternative options

Night bus, train  •  17 h 21 min

  1. Take the night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Carbondale Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal City Of New Orleans

$85 - $250

Drive  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Drive from St. Louis to New Orleans 680.2 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from St. Louis to New Orleans is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from St. Louis to New Orleans is to fly which costs $170 - $430 and takes 4 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from St. Louis to New Orleans. However, there are services departing from St Louis, Mo and arriving at New Orleans, La via Memphis, Tn and Baton Rouge, La. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 30 min.

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The distance between St. Louis and New Orleans is 603 miles. The road distance is 680.2 miles.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to New Orleans without a car is to night bus and train which takes 17 h 21 min and costs $85 - $250.

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It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from St. Louis to New Orleans, including transfers.

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St. Louis to New Orleans bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from St Louis, Mo station.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to New Orleans is to fly which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $170 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $230 and takes 17 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to New Orleans Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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St. Louis to New Orleans bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at New Orleans, La station.

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Map of how to get from St. Louis to New Orleans.
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  • Distance: 602.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

What companies run services between St. Louis, MO, USA and New Orleans, LA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from St. Louis to New Orleans every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St. Louis to New Orleans via Memphis, Tn and Baton Rouge, La in around 17 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from St. Louis to New Orleans via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from St. Louis to New Orleans via Dallas
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from St. Louis to New Orleans via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from St. Louis to New Orleans via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $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 Carbondale Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
14 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Coach Seat
$170 - $250
Room
$370 - $550
Bus 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once 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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35

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Yes, the driving distance between St. Louis to New Orleans is 680 miles. It takes approximately 11 h 5 min to drive from St. Louis to New Orleans.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from St. Louis Airport to New Orleans Airport.

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Book your St. Louis to New Orleans bus tickets online with Greyhound, Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 705+ hotels available in New Orleans. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to St. Louis Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs $3.

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