MMS Jazz Edition Conference is the 2nd edition of the MMS Conference in 2019, which will be held in New Orleans from November 11-13, 2019. This post will cover the various transportation options such as from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to the Hotel Monteleone located in the French District, as well as transportation in New Orleans.
Getting from the airport to hotel:
- Airport Shuttle
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel for $24.00 per person/one-way or $44.00 per person/round-trip. You are limited to 3 bags per person and additional baggage may be subject to extra fees. You can purchase the tickets at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area at the airport. Visit www.airportshuttleneworleans.com for more information.
Taxi rides will cost $36.00 from the airport to the French Quarter for up to 2 people. For 3 or more passengers, there will be a $15.00 per additional person charge. Taxi booths are located on the first level outside of Baggage Claim 1 and 14. You have to wait in line at one of these booths for taxi service. They accept credit card payments.
- Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft is available from the Airport. Meet your ride outside of the Ground Transportation Center located on the first floor of the Short-Term Parking Garage by crossing the pedestrian crosswalk located outside of Baggage Claim 6. The cost is approximately $35 one-way. See fare estimators below:
Uber at MSY
Lyft at MSY
- Car Rental
The Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) is available for car rentals from 9 care rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty). To get to CONRAC, exit the Baggage Claim area at level 1 near Baggage Claims 12-14 and take a short walk to the right down a covered walkway to the rental facility. Visit the Rental Information page for more details.
- Mass Transit
The Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provides 9 daily departures to downtown New Orleans. To utilize this service, you have to use the bus stop located on the outer lanes of the second floor, outside the Concourse C Lobby Information Booth.
The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) Bus operated by JET will cost $2 and takes approximately 50 minutes. More information on JET is available here: www.jeffersontransit.org.
RTA provides the Airport Express (202) Bus service and the fare is $1.50. For more information on the RTA service, visit: https://www.norta.com/Maps-Schedules/System-Map/Line.aspx?ID=202
- Airport Limousine
If you fancy riding in style in a limousine, you have this option as well from the airport.
A-Airport Limousine is the official service provider for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. You can request for a limousine at one of the A-Airport Limousine’s kiosks located in the Baggage Claim area on level 1.
Rates will range from $58 for 2 passengers and up to $118 for 8 passengers, and will depend on the type of vehicle. For more information: www.airportlimousineneworleans.com or call 504-305-2450.
Getting around New Orleans
Pedicabs can offer a convenient way to get around the French Quarter and other areas. Pedicabs will cost you $5 for the first 6 blocks and $1 for each additional block per person. These fares are mandated by the city of New Orleans.
The following 3 pedicab companies operate in New Orleans:
Bike Taxi Unlimited (504-891-3441)
Need a Ride Pedicabs (504-488-6565)
NOLA Pedicabs (504-274-1300)
These are iconic and a fun way to travel. In fact, the St. Charles streetcars which is one of the 4 main routes, is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world. The streetcar fare is $1.25 one-way and exact change is required. You can purchase the Jazzy Pass or use the Go Mobile smartphone app.
Board one of the dark green colored streetcars at Carondelet and Canal Street and let it take you through the Central Business District, the Garden District and past the uptown universities.
The red and yellow Canal streetcars offer two options: a direct route to the cemeteries or a trip to the entrance of City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. When boarding from Canal Street in the French Quarter, pay attention to the signs on the front of the streetcar for which option to choose.
The Riverfront line offers easy transportation between the French Market and the Aquarium of the Americas and Riverwalk area, while the Loyola Avenue/Union Passenger Terminal loop makes it easy to get from the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus stations to the French Quarter.
Hop-On Hop-Off sight-seeing bus: https://www.citysightseeingneworleans.com/
Uber and Lyft
Hope this information is helpful for your transportation needs and for your visit to New Orleans. Enjoy #MMSJazz which is going to be a great event.