City of New Orleans

Chicago - Memphis - New Orleans
19 hours
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.

Full Dining Car breakfast service is available on southbound Train 59 while express continental breakfast service will be offered on northbound Train 58.

Cross Country Café

The City of New Orleans offers a culinary experience that includes a taste of its namesake city and the region. The bi-level car combines higher technology food and beverage preparation and service with improved ambience and atmosphere. Learn more about the Cross Country Café.

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.
“Life is a lot like's best when you improvise.” — George Gershwin

Features & Amenities

  • Route Highlights

    Memphis, Tennessee

    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.
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    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.

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

An innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak, the Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.
The Trails & Rails program onboard the City of New Orleans operates from New Orleans, Louisiana to Greenwood, Mississippi and is based out of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Train Stations Served by the City of New Orleans