The average price of a 7-day trip to New Orleans is $1,527 for a solo traveler, $2,742 for a couple, and $5,141 for a family of 4. New Orleans hotels range from $55 to $280 per night with an average of $122, while most vacation rentals will cost $210 to $570 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) are between $614 and $964 per person for economy flights and $1,927 to $3,025 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $54 to $93 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit New Orleans, LA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to MSY and stay in a New Orleans hotel:

  • January 15th to February 11th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • May 21st to June 10th
  • August 6th to December 9th (except the weeks of October 22nd and November 26th)

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in New Orleans is usually early to mid September.

 

Average New Orleans Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit New Orleans for a week is $1,408-$2,341($201-$334 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $54 to $93 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $412 to $790 for economy

Lodging: $103 to $122 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $123 to $150 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit New Orleans for a week is $2,602-$4,130($372-$590 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $108 to $186 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $824 to $1,580 for economy

Lodging: $103 to $122 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $123 to $150 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit New Orleans for a week is $4,192-$7,228($599-$1,033 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $216 to $372 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,648 to $3,160 for economy

Lodging: $206 to $244 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $172 to $240 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to New Orleans

How cheap can you make a vacation to New Orleans? The cheapest trip to New Orleans is about $102 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $21 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $49.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit New Orleans for a week is $713-$1,506($102-$215 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $25 to $50 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $412 to $790 for economy

Lodging: $49 to $55 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $21 to $61 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit New Orleans for a week is $1,300-$2,646($186-$378 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $50 to $100 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $824 to $1,580 for economy

Lodging: $49 to $55 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $21 to $61 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit New Orleans for a week is $2,540-$5,220($363-$746 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $100 to $200 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,648 to $3,160 for economy

Lodging: $98 to $110 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $32 to $92 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to New Orleans cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury New Orleans Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in New Orleans.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit New Orleans for a week is $2,795-$9,955($399-$1,422 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $113 to $167 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,158 to $1,604 for first class

Lodging: $141 to $280 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $570 to $1,197 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit New Orleans for a week is $4,744-$12,728($678-$1,818 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $226 to $334 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,316 to $3,208 for first class

Lodging: $141 to $280 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $570 to $1,197 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit New Orleans for a week is $9,488-$21,148($1,355-$3,021 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $452 to $668 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,632 to $6,416 for first class

Lodging: $282 to $560 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $912 to $1,676 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

New Orleans Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in New Orleans is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in New Orleans due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

New Orleans Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on New Orleans hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in New Orleans.

 

Flight Costs to New Orleans

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $964 average in early January to a low of $614 in early to mid September. Median flight price is $620. These prices are based on millions of flights. For New Orleans our data includes 701 originating airports, and 135 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to New Orleans from an airport like Husein Sastranegara (BDO) in Bandung (Indonesia) for an average $8,436 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) in Atlanta, GA (the United States) at an average of just $210.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In New Orleans, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $349, so you can easily save about 57% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around New Orleans can easily cost $380 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $25 per person. Private tours can cost $754 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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