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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school offers shuttles and there is always the street car

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2 College Junior

Transportation: It baffles me how difficult it is at times to get a cab in New Orleans. The streetcar is more of a city icon than anything else, as it is constantly down for repairs and unreliable. As far as the buses go, they also tend to be unreliable and are difficult to figure out.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The Tulane shuttles can be a little slow at times, but they'll take you almost anywhere - downtown/uptown campus, Walmart, Target, Clearview Mall, Lakeside Mall, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, International Market...

The streetcar is slow and unreliable. NORTA says it runs every 15 minutes. That is a bold faced lie. Buses are faster than streetcars, but don't expect them to be on schedule, either.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not the best, not the worst. Taxis are accessible for the most part. The street car takes a long time to get from Uptown to Downtown.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Safe rides is pretty slow but a decent option. Taxis and the streetcar are very unreliable.

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Though it’s slow and not very dependable, public transportation is a cheap way to get around the city. Unless you want to take an expensive taxi ride or you meet someone with a car, say goodbye to commercial movie theaters, Target, and Wal-Mart. The closest are in Metairie, which is about a 20-minute drive from campus.

Streetcars are fun and new for about the first five times you ride them, but after that they’re annoyingly slow and full of giddy tourists who wear parade beads in the middle of October. Although they actually do have a schedule, you’ll rarely catch them on it—it’s best to allow a lot of extra time if you’re depending on them for anything. The fare is $1.25 for a one-way trip, and this gets you anywhere you need to go without the hassle of figuring out how much to pay. Buses also run through most of the city, and the fares are basically the same as on streetcars. Tulane’s shuttle services around campus are dependable and come around frequently. They are also big coach busses, so it’s a comfortable ride to wherever you’re

Walking is always an option at Tulane and usually a pleasant one. A lot of locals jog down the St. Charles streetcar line day and night. Many students bring bikes and skateboards with them, and get around the city and campus that way. Overall, students have mixed feelings about public transportation. Everyone would love to have their own car, but you can survive without one and do just fine in New Orleans.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Car
  • Street car (St. Charles)
  • Taxi
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • For $15, the New Orleans Airport Shuttle will pick you up at Tulane and take you directly to the airport. You must make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. For more info, visit
  • Most cabs charge $30 to take you to the airport, so if you can find at least one other person to split a cab with, it's the same as taking the shuttle. Generally everyone is trying to get to the airport around breaks, so it's not hard to find someone to share a cab.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Uptown/Downtown Shuttle

This service is a commuting connection between the Health Sciences Center and the uptown campus, provided by Custom Bus Charters. Uptown campus stops are the Navy ROTC Building, Reily Center and Rosen House.

Saturday Entertainment Shuttle

This service takes students to Lakeside and Clearview Malls which house a Target and movie theaters.

Leaves every hour starting at 2pm and runs until midnight

Campus Shuttle

Operates every half hour with pickups at Gibson Circle, by the Navy ROTC Building, beside Rosen House and at Howard-Tilton Library

Public TransitWhat's This?

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA, or RTA)

RTA provides bus and streetcar services to the New Orleans community.

(504) 248-3900

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Louis Armstong International Airport

The airport is 11 miles from the Central Business District and approximately 16 miles from Tulane; it's a 30 minute drive in most cabs.

900 Airline Drive

(504) 464-0831

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

New Orleans Greyhound Station

1001 Loyola Ave.


Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Station Building

1001 Loyola Ave.


Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 100 responses

  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 40% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 19% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 78% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 49 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 49 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 50 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 99 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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