Amtrak City of New Orleans Route

Amtrak City of New Orleans Train Route

Chicago-Memphis-New Orleans

Amtrak City of New Orleans Journey Time: 19 hours

Amtrak City of New Orleans Departures: Daily Departure

Your journey on the City of New Orleans takes you 900 miles through the heart of our nation's musical heritage — from Chicago with its world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to Beale Street in Memphis. Then, travel the history-laden musical crossroads of Mississippi to New Orleans — the birthplace of jazz. You'll be riding in the shadows of giants of American music like Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley.

Spacious Superliner accommodations make your trip extra enjoyable, with showers and thoughtful amenities, friendly service and fine dining. Choose a wide, comfortable Reserved Coach seat, or make reservations for Sleeper Service accommodations. In the daylight hours, find a spot in the Sightseer Lounge, and enjoy the spectacular scenery roll past.
  • Enjoy Café Service in Sightseer Lounge
  • On the upper level, panoramic windows provide an expansive view of the passing scenery.
  • On the lower level, a variety of meals, snacks and beverages are offered for sale.
Amtrak City of New Orleans Features & Amenities
  • Checked Baggage Service
Amtrak City of New Orleans Amenities: Amenities Vary by Train.

''Life is a lot like's best when you improvise.'' - George Gershwin

Follow the Mighty Mississippi as you roll past the wheat and corn fields of Illinois through the snowy-white cotton fields of Mississippi. Celebrate the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta before your roll into the Big Easy where a full menu of Dixieland jazz, beignets and étouffée await.

Train Stations Served by the Amtrak City of New Orleans

Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
Homewood, IL (HMW)
Kankakee, IL (KKI)
Champaign-Urbana, IL (CHM)
Mattoon, IL (MAT)
Effingham, IL (EFG)
Centralia, IL (CEN)

Carbondale, IL (CDL)
Fulton, KY (FTN)
Newbern-Dyersburg, TN (NBN)
Memphis, TN - Central Station (MEM)
Marks, MS (MKS)
Greenwood, MS (GWD)
Yazoo City, MS (YAZ)

Jackson, MS (JAN)
Hazlehurst, MS (HAZ)
Brookhaven, MS (BRH)
McComb, MS (MCB)
Hammond, LA (HMD)
New Orleans, LA - Union Passenger Terminal (NOL)

Amtrak City of New Orleans Route Highlights ''Memphis, Tennessee''

Memphis, Tennessee
  • Memphis Amtrak Station: Memphis Central Station
Pay homage to rock and roll royalty at Elvis’ Graceland before making tracks to Sun Studio, where the King and scores of other music legends recorded their hits. Grab some barbeque ribs at the Rendezvous then hit Beale Street and the other king’s place – B.B. King’s Blues Club, that is.

For sobering reminders of the struggle for equality and justice, the National Civil Rights Museum beckons and enlightens.

Amtrak City of New Orleans Route Highlights ''New Orleans, Louisiana''

New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Orleans Amtrak Station: New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Before you hit Bourbon Street, hit the Big Easy’s other big shots, like the National World War II Museum where the sights, sounds and memories of the Greatest Generation remind us that freedom is not free. Meander along the shady streets of the elegant Garden District.

Then head back to French Quarter for shopping, dining and world-class jazz that calls out from every open door and invites you in.
  • Memphis - New Orleans
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