Visiting New Orleans can be really exciting, but also really expensive. We went down for 2 nights and we spent quite a bit of money. Don’t let this dampen your view of New Orleans though, because we have tips and tricks to help keep you on budget while you’re in good ole NOLA!
The further away you stay from the French Quarter, the cheaper your rates will be. Keep in mind though, the further away you are, you’ll have more travel time to consider. If you stay near a bus or streetcar stop, you can get a 3 day Jazzy Pass for $9. Make sure the place you book has parking included or that’s another cost you need to consider. Sign up for a free account with this link to save money on your next reservation!
Getting a Jazzy Pass will not only let you see the city, but you can do it by streetcar (or bus if you’re venturing out past where the streetcars run). I definitely recommend using public transportation because parking is almost zero to none in and around the French Quarter. You can get your Jazzy Pass here.
Free Tours by Foot
Free Tours by Foot offer free tours in and around New Orleans. You reserve your tour online and then at the end of your journey, you only pay for what you feel the tour was worth to you. You can look to see what tours Free Tours by Foot offer here. (Free Tours by Foot operate in multiple cities across the US and Europe, so keep them in mind for all of your travels!!)
Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
There are two different options for the Hop on Hop off Bus Tour. The 1 day option which gives you 24 hours to ride and the 3 day option that gives you 3 days to ride and it comes with 2 free walking tours.
New Orleans Pass
The citypasses are a little expensive and depending on how long you’re staying they may or may not be worth the price. They’re definitely a price saver if you can do at least 3 of the attractions offered! Check out our article about the New Orleans Pass here.
If the CityPass is too expensive, you can opt for the sightseeing pass. The sightseeing pass allows you to choose the activities you want to do and only pay for 1, 3, or 5 attractions. The sightseeing pass also has a day pass option, but if you’re looking into day passes, The New Orleans Pass comes in around $20-$40 cheaper! You can check out the differences in the passes here.
This is THE place to get gumbo in the French Quarter. You definitely want to go around 2-3 in the afternoon because this place gets PACKED! The chicken and Andouille Sausage gumbo is to die for and it’s around $9 a bowl. They do offer cups for $4, if you’re not sure if you’ll like it or not or if you wanted to try a few different things on the menu.
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde is a staple when it comes to visiting New Orleans. The prices are cheap and the beignets are delicious. Only thing to remember is that they are a cash only establishment! There’s an ATM about 2 blocks away from the restaurant or depending on what time you go, there’s an ATM right across the street!