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Your Guide to a Charter Bus Trip to New Orleans

Don’t think New Orleans just turns up the tempo in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday! The spirit that infuses Mardi Gras lives here every day and long into the night. Rockin’ music, savory cuisine, history, nightlife and some of the best people-watching you’ll find anywhere. You don’t have to be born on the bayou to enjoy all this great city has to offer.

Don’t make your trip to the Crescent City more work than play, though. With a charter bus rental from US Coachways, you can relax with everyone else while someone else handles the details.

Why a Charter Bus Rental Is the Right Choice for Your Group

When you’re taking a bunch of folks to New Orleans, you have a number of important decisions to make, but none more critical than your choice of transportation. If there are troubles getting there and back, your participants may forget what a great time they had in the Big Easy. Here are some of the reasons you should choose charter:

  • You’ll have the trip that you want—With a charter bus, you decide when you’ll travel, where you’ll go, what you’ll see and how long you’ll stay. There’s no other mode of travel that gives you that much flexibility. Because of our access to a large fleet of vehicles across the country, we can often make last minute or real-time changes, or even book an entire trip with little notice.
  • You’ll get where you’re going—Did you know that about 40% of air travelers arrive late somewhere every day? Delays and cancellations are fairly common with other types of travel, but not with a charter bus. We have connections with charter bus service providers throughout the United States, so it’s easy for us to find a replacement bus, if necessary. In addition, our drivers have the tools to anticipate potential delays and find alternate routes to get you to your destination on time.
  • You’ll be safe and secure—You’ll have a highly skilled and trained professional at the wheel. You’ll also appreciate the limited access to the bus. It’s easy to monitor comings and goings, so you won’t have to worry about unwanted guests.
  • You can relax—With other forms of group travel, someone has to take charge, navigating traffic, watching the clock and finding a place to park. On a charter bus, everyone can enjoy the ride while your driver handles all the details. You won’t have to worry about lost luggage or missed connections. You’ll be on the same coach for your entire trip and your bags will travel with you. There’s no TSA security checkpoint, so you won’t have to stand in line, empty your pockets or take off your shoes. Your phone won’t interfere with the navigational systems, so you can stay connected at all times.
  • You’ll be comfortable—The seats are wide and there’s more leg room than you’ll find on any mode of travel. There are no middle seats, either. The aisles are spacious and you can always get up and visit friends.
  • You can take advantage of the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes—That’s a real bonus in New Orleans.
  • You won’t spend an arm and a leg—On a charter bus, you’ll share many of the costs of travel, making it a much more affordable option.
  • You’ll be going green—When you share the ride with others on a charter bus, you take a number of private vehicles off the roads, lowering emissions. Here’s how US Coachways helped the planet in 2018.

At US Coachways, we bring more than 30 years of experience in the charter bus rental business to groups and group leaders across the country. To get a free quote on a charter bus trip to New Orleans, use our convenient online cost calculator. To learn more about the ways we can help you with group travel, call 1-855-287-2427 to talk to a customer service representative.

You’ll Have Good Times in the Heart of Cajun Country

There’s a strong French influence in New Orleans, so don’t be surprised to hear cries of “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” Cajun French for “Let the good times roll!” Regardless of what interests you, you’ll find plenty in N’awlins to support that phrase:

  • Amazing things to eat—Some of America’s most famous chefs come from the Big Easy. James Beard, Paul Prudhomme and Emeril immediately come to mind. It’s a melting pot of culinary influences and a bubbling cauldron of gustatory creations. Jambalaya, gumbo, Etouffee, muffalettas, red beans and rice, po’boys, remoulade, pralines…just a few of the tasty treats you find in plenty of eateries here. For authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, the locals love the Who Dat Coffee Café and the Red Fish Grill. Trenasse is famous for it boudin balls and buffalo frog legs. Broussard’s has their own take on Oysters Rockefeller. For po-boys, Try Johnny’s or Domilise’s.

But New Orleans has a truly cosmopolitan culinary landscape, with nearly 80 different kinds of restaurants, including Basque, Guatemalan, Polynesian, Belgian, Azerbaijani, Egyptian, Russian, Turkish and Tunisian fare available. Of course, you’ll also find some of the best steak and seafood restaurants, as well a number of five star fine dining establishments.

  • A feast for your ears, too—The cultural diversity that makes NOLA a culinary melting pot also influences the music here. Among the musical greats who hail from the Crescent City are Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Aaron Neville and Mahalia Jackson.

You know you can find great jazz here, from Preservation Hall to Tipitina’s, there are lots of great places in New Orleans to hear this distinctly original American music. But there are also dozens of venues for music from a wide array of genres, from blues to zydeco, rock and roll to folk, Americana, country, funk or hip-hop. The famed House of Blues has three different performance spaces in the same location, accommodating audiences of all sizes, as well as musicians from across the spectrum. The Blue Nile, one of the oldest clubs on Frenchmen Street, offers blues, soul, funk and jazz, featuring local and international stars.

  • At many places, the party never ends—One of the trademarks of New Orleans—many of the bars, clubs and restaurants are open 24 hours a day. You never have to worry about finding something to eat in NOLA at 3 in the morning! Don’t be surprised to find live theater, music, cabaret and dance clubs going until the wee hours of the morning (or even until sunup!). Some of the most popular night spots include the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, d.b.a. (that’s the name of a club), One-Eyed Jacks (in the French Quarter), the Carousel Bar, Chickie Wah Wah, and local favorite The Spotted Cat. Periodically, Preservation Hall will open its doors at midnight for a surprise musical performance—the audience typically doesn’t know who it will be until the performer walks on stage!
  • There’s always a festival going on—With a relatively temperate climate year-round, New Orleans is a great location for an outdoor festival. Come any time of year and join the revelry. Of course, it’s home to the most famous Mardi Gras celebration in the world. The annual French Quarter Festival gives you a taste of the history, art, music and food of one of the city’s most iconic sections. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (known throughout the South simply as “Jazzfest”) features world-renowned musicians from a broad range of musical genres, as well as some of the best local cuisine. At the New Orleans Oyster Festival, you’ll spend two days “shucking and jiving,” with plenty of music to accompany raw, fried, steamed, boiled and even stuffed oysters. There’s also Whitney White Linen Night, where participants are encouraged to wear their best—you guessed it—white linens while sampling the city’s food, drink and music.

We’ll Help You Find the Right Bus for Your Group

You know that a charter bus is the best way to get a group to and from New Orleans. Before you book your coach, though, you want to work closely with one of our experienced agents to make certain you get the vehicle that meets all your needs. We’ll look at the size of your group, how long you’ll be on the road, and what you plan to bring or take home. Then we’ll work with our nationwide network of charter bus service providers to find the coach that best fits your needs.

If you’re traveling with a big group, you’ll want the full-sized bus, with accommodations for up to 57 and plenty of room for luggage and souvenirs. For smaller groups, the mini-bus is ideal, with seating for 24 to 35 and ample space.

Most charter buses come with basic standard amenities, including Wifi, DVD players, charging stations for your devices, and stereo/PA systems. On-board restrooms are optional on some buses. Check with your booking agent to determine the available features.

A Charter Bus—Ideal for Any Trip to New Orleans

When you consider all the features and benefits of a charter bus, you’ll see that it’s a great option for any type of excursion to N’awlins:

  • Family events—Graduation parties, weddings, family reunions, birthday/anniversary/retirement celebrations, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bar mitzvahs
  • School travel—Club or class trips, athletic events, student volunteer projects and arts and cultural offerings
  • Business and corporate outings—Conferences, conventions, team-building exercises, business meeting, training or company parties
  • Church outreach—Community volunteer work, mission trips, youth group outings, choir tours
  • Special events—Big concerts and games, Broadway shows, Jazzfest and other festivals, rallies

Book Your Charter Bus Trip to the Crescent City Today!

At US Coachways, we’ve set the pace in the charter bus industry for more than 30 years. To get a free estimate on the cost of a charter bus trip to New Orleans, go to our user-friendly online cost calculator. For any other questions or to learn more about how we can assist you with your group travel needs, call 1-855-287-2427 to speak to one of our customer service agents.

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