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Pick up a New Orleans Airport car rental and experience the non-step energy of ‘The Big Easy’ in Louisiana. Perched on the edge of the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a multicultural city famous for its world-class celebrations and top-notch entertainment. Delve into the history of the region as you enjoy incredible dining, live music, and so much more. Get a deal on New Orleans car rental and start planning your trip, today.

New Orleans Airport car rental

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is one of the busiest in the country, with regular flight services between major US and overseas destinations. You can expect all the best facilities and amenities here, including retail shops, great restaurants, and free WiFi. It’s important to note that the New Orleans Lakefront Airport also services the city, so double check your flight information before booking your car rental in New Orleans.

The consolidated car rental facility at New Orleans Airport is located at 600 Rental Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062, in the south terminal. You can connect to the MSY Rental Car Center using the MSY Rental Car Lot Shuttle, available in front of the Long Term Parking Garage.

Driving your New Orleans Airport rental car

Keep these driving tips in mind when picking up your rental car New Orleans.

  • The drive from the airport to downtown New Orleans takes approximately 30 minutes. Departing the Louis Armstrong Airport, take a left onto Airport Road then follow the I-10 all the way into town.
  • New Orleans traffic can be a little like New Orleans celebrations - non-stop. The river passing through the city adds a navigational challenge, and the one-way streets can be confusing for first-timers.
  • New Orleans is known for its speed cameras—keep your eye on the speedometer.
  • The central city area is the toughest place to drive, but thanks to its relatively small size and excellent public transport options, you can easily park your rental car and simply explore the CBD on foot.
  • Be aware that streetcars operate on Canal Street, St. Charles, Carrollton, and Loyola avenues, so if you do drive in town you’ll need to watch for them.
  • Parking within the city can be tough, but the commercial lots around the French Quarter are a great option. If in doubt, arrive before 9am to secure a spot and to make the most of early-bird parking rates (so long as you leave after 3pm). There are plenty of on-street parking options, just make sure to read all parking signs and rules as they vary from street to street.

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Attractions to visit with your New Orleans Airport rental car

The French Quarter

One of New Orleans’ most eclectic and colourful neighbourhoods, you’ll find a fabulous combination of hip, modern venues and beloved historical traditions.

St. Louis Cathedral

Visit one of the most recognisable landmarks in New Orleans and the oldest continuously running Roman Catholic Cathedral in the US. The imposing structure sits between the historic Cabildo and the Presbytere and faces Jackson Square.

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

No matter what time of year you visit, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the famous festival is planned and executed year after year. Get a deeper understanding of this fascinating tradition.

Frenchmen Street

Head here for a buzzing good time watching live performances across multiple music genres. Fuel up at one of the many fantastic eateries and party well into the night.

Audubon Zoo

Visit one of America’s top-rated zoos to enjoy hands-on animal encounters, unique animal exhibits, and family-friendly attractions - including a 750-foot lazy river.

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Car rental New Orleans Airport: Top tips

  • On average, New Orleans has a greater supply of luxury/ premium vehicles and convertibles to rent than most other cities. It’s a great place to splash out.

  • If visiting during Mardi Gras or another popular event, be sure to book your car rental well in advance to avoid disappointment and get the car you want.

  • If you are planning a southern road trip, most car rental companies allow you to pick up a rental car at New Orleans Airport and drop it off at another airport location. Popular drop off locations include Dallas Airport, Atlanta Airport and Orlando Airport. Type your chosen destination in the search function to see availability and the associated costs.

  • Please note that only permitted additional driver is allowed to drive the rental vehicle. He must also meet the same age and driver's license requirements as specified in the rental agreement.

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Rental cars New Orleans Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Where is the car rental center at New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport?

The consolidated rental car facility or center is located at 600 Rental Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062, in the south terminal. You can connect to the MSY Rental Car Center using the MSY Rental Car Lot Shuttle, available in front of the Long Term Parking Garage. Exit the terminal on Level 1 Baggage Claim and walk towards the Long Term Parking Garage adjacent to the terminal. Efficient, nonstop service is available to and from the consolidated car rental facility. MSY rental car shuttle hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and typically depart every 5 minutes from the terminal to the rental car center. The shuttle takes approximately 15-20 minutes to drive from the terminal to the rental car facility.

What documents are required to rent a car from New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport?

All drivers must carry suitable identification and a full valid driver's license from their country of residence to be able to book and drive a car rental in New Orleans. Any driving license printed with non-Roman Alphabet (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic etc.) must be complemented by an International driver's permit or official English translation. Documentation requirements may vary slightly between car rental providers.

Can I rent a car from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport (MSY)?

To rent a car from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport, you must meet the requirements set out by the individual rental providers, and these vary. Generally, there are age and driver's license requirements, as well as payment terms that must be met for the entire rental period. Type your details into the search function on this page to load a list of available vehicles and the associated rental terms set out by each company.

Is it better to rent a car from airport or outside?

There are pros and cons to booking rental cars in New Orleans Airport and away from the airport. While in some cases, it may be cheaper to rent a car at an off airport location (for example, renting a car from an off-airport Budget location may be cheaper than from the Budget car rental New Orleans Airport depot), the convenience of getting off a flight and picking up a rental car immediately sometimes outweighs the extra cost. It is also important to consider the perks and benefits offered by each rental provider, like the availability of free pick up service, that could impact your overall rental satisfaction.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week?

Weekly car rentals at New Orleans International Airport generally offer a cheaper daily rate and provide better value overall.

Does it cost more to return a rental car to a different airport?

If you would prefer to drive a rental car one way to another depot location than go to New Orleans Airport Car Rental Return, this is permitted but may incur an additional one-way fee. However, this does mean you do a road trip and drop off your rental car at Tampa Airport, or Memphis Airport. It is also highly recommended to check with your insurance provider if the renters existing coverage includes the owner rental vehicle, and that the car rental locations you plan to visit are all covered.

How to get last-minute car rental deals at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport?

The best way to secure a last-minute car rental deal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. is to check this website often, as you can compare multiple companies offering New Orleans rental car airport deals at once. The days of fishing for the best discount code are over, as GoSee makes each step all easy.

What rental car companies are at MSY Airport?

The following rental car companies are at MSY Airport: Alamo, Avis Car Rental New Orleans Airport, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty and Budget Rental Car New Orleans Airport.

Can I extend my car rental?

If you decide to extend your New Orleans car rental, you must inform GoSee Travel and the relevant depot location of your intentions immediately. You may not get the same rate as the one offered during your initial rental period. The rental contract or rental agreement usually has information about such possible adjustments.