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Costs in New Orleans are generally right in the middle of, and sometimes lower than, other midsize U.S. “destination” cities—less than New York, for example, but more than Phoenix. Prices have crept up over the last few years, so it’s no longer the great value it once was, and costs vary greatly by season. You can often find good hotel deals in the heat of summer, while prices can soar during big events. December’s prix-fixe Réveillon deals can get you into restaurants for dinners that might otherwise be prohibitive.
With a few cash-only exceptions, major credit cards are accepted everywhere (some don’t accept American Express, Discover, or Diner’s Club). Cash is king anywhere, and ATMs are plentiful throughout the city (including inside many bars and souvenir shops). Expect a $2.50 to $4.00 charge to use an ATM outside your network. To avoid the fee, most grocery and convenience stores will allow you to get a small amount of cash back with your purchase (from $10–$100, depending on store policy).
What Things Cost in New Orleans US$
Taxi from airport to the Quarter 33.00 (for 2 people)
Shuttle from airport to the Quarter 20.00 (per person)
Cost of bus/streetcar one-way 1.25
Day pass for bus/streetcar 3.00
Standard room at Ritz-Carlton 259.00–529.00
Standard room at The Chimes Bed & Breakfast 128.00–250.00
Standard room at Drury Inn 119.00–239.00
Order of 3 beignets or cup of café au lait at Café du Monde 2.42
Dinner at Commander’s Palace (3 courses) 65.00 (per person)
Dinner at Irene’s Cuisine (3 courses) 44.00 (per person)
Muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery 16.00
Ticket to a show at Tipitina’s 10.00–30.00
Cost of a Hurricane at Pat O’ Brien’s with souvenir glass 12.00
Cost of a Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House 7.00
Beware of hidden credit-card fees while traveling. Check with your credit or debit card issuer to see what fees, if any, will be charged for overseas transactions, even if those charges were made in U.S. dollars. Check with your bank before departing to avoid surprise charges on your statement.