Mixing the French sophistication of the original Nouvelle-Orléans with African-American, Caribbean, Creole, Irish, Vietnamese and southern US cultures, New Orleans is a city like no other. Stroll through the magical French Quarter and soak up the classic old-world charm of its Creole architecture and vibrant street culture, or visit during the spine-tingling Mardi Gras festival and be blown away by the sizzling jazz and amazing costumed street parties which go on all through the night. So grab flights to New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Airport now to discover a place that shakes you up and gets you dancing.
Cheap flights to New Orleans are available throughout the year, with the exceptions of March July and December. March is at the height of the Mardi Gras season, which is when the city is at its most vibrant and exciting. The months between March and May are a good time to visit as the city is bursting with life and the temperatures are warm enough for t-shirts. Make sure to book your trip well in advance, as accommodation prices tend to spike during this period too.
New Orleans is well connected to many of the major east-coast airports which welcome transatlantic flights from the UK. There are a number of one-stop options for comparing cheap tickets to New Orleans from London Heathrow: United flies via New York Newark or Houston, British Airways stops over at Miami International, Virgin Atlantic makes a detour at Atlanta, while Air France goes through JFK and Atlanta. Virgin Atlantic also travels from Manchester via Atlanta and JFK. There are also connecting flights available from a range of other airports around the UK, such as Belfast, Glasgow and Bristol, but these tend to be significantly more expensive.
The cheapest way into the city is to take the Jefferson Transit Airport Express bus on the E2-Airport route, which costs just $2 and takes less than an hour. There are no luggage racks on the bus though, which can be an issue when the driver insists on a blockage-free aisle. If you’re laden down with bags, a taxi might be a better option. You’ll find a number of cabs available for a fixed price of less than $40 for one or two people, or around $15 per person for groups of three or more.
The birthplace of jazz is a uniquely musical city, where music is played around the clock and rock n’ roll sits comfortably alongside blues and hip-hop. Make a beeline for Frenchman Street, a popular area renowned for its buzzing, vibrant atmosphere and lively bars. When you need to refuel, tuck into a Louisiana po’ boy sandwich, gulp down some local oysters, or savour some gumbo soup. Do as the locals do and finish off your meal by lighting up a traditional, flambéed Bananas Foster.
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