A Travel Price Comparison for United States of America New Orleans vs. Reno for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit New Orleans or Reno?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between New Orleans and Reno can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: New Orleans or Reno?

New Orleans

New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, and it is a cultural city that is the home of jazz, unique cuisine, and Mardi Gras in the U.S. It was established in 1718 and is one of the oldest cities in the country. The culture of the city has a mix of French, Creole, African American, Caribbean, Irish, Haitian, German and Vietnamese. There's an energy and atmosphere that is unlike any place else.

Reno

In the northwest area of Nevada, Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. After Las Vegas, it's the second most popular tourist destination in the state of Nevada. You'll find some nice resorts, elaborate casinos, nice restaurants and unique opportunities for entertainment throughout the city.

The city, referred to as "The Biggest Little City in the World", has a population of about 235,000. It's part of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, which has a population of about 440,000.

Reno is located in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The city has a steppe climate with light to moderate snowfall in the winter months. Precipitation is most common during the winter and spring, but the city averages about 300 days of sunshine a year. Average temperatures are 35 degrees Fahrenheit in December and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

Which place is cheaper, Reno or New Orleans?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in New Orleans is $239, while the average daily cost in Reno is $144. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for New Orleans and Reno in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    New Orleans $125
    Reno $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    New Orleans $250
    Reno $110
Compare Hotels in New Orleans and Reno

Looking for a hotel in New Orleans or Reno? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in New Orleans


Hotels in Reno


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: New Orleans Hotel Prices and Reno Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    New Orleans $51
    Reno $23
Typical Local Transportation Prices in New Orleans

Some typical examples of transportation costs in New Orleans are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in New Orleans

Also for New Orleans, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private transfer: New Orleans to New Orleans Airport (MSY): $133
  • Private transfer: New Orleans Airport (MSY) to New Orleans: $133
  • Private Transfer: New Orleans to Louis Armstrong Airport MSY in Luxury SUV : $115
  • Private Transfer: New Orleans to Louis Armstrong Airport MSY in Business Car: $103
  • Private Transfer: New Orleans Airport MSY to Cruise Port in SUV: $115
  • Private Transfer: Louis Armstrong Airport MSY to New Orleans in Luxury SUV: $115
  • Private Transfer: Louis Armstrong Airport MSY to New Orleans in Business Car: $103
  • Private Transfer: Cruise Port to New Orleans Airport MSY in SUV: $115
  • Private Transfer to/from Louis Armstrong Intl Airport and NOLA: $42
  • Private Transfer in a Luxury Sedan from Louis Armstrong Airport: $69
  • Private Transfer in New Orleans (MSY) Airport/Home/Hotel/Work : $49
  • Private Transfer from Port Of New of New Orleans Cruise: $210

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Reno

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Reno:


  • Car Wash
    $5.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reno

Also for Reno, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Reno – Round-Trip Private Transfer: $134
  • Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Reno – Private Arrival Transfer : $67
  • Reno to Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) - Departure Private Transfer: $67
  • Reno Tahoe Airport to Northstar/Squaw Valley - Arrival Transfer: $165
  • Reno Tahoe Airport to Heavenly Mountain - Round-Trip Transfer: $220
  • Reno Tahoe Airport (RNO) to Mammoth Mountain: Arrival Transfer: $187
  • Reno Tahoe Airport (RNO) to Heavenly Mountain - Arrival Transfer: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into New Orleans or Reno?

Prices for flights to both Reno and New Orleans change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    New Orleans $45
    Reno $54

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in New Orleans

For New Orleans, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Demonstration Cooking Class: $38
  • French Quarter Food Tour: $42
  • New Orleans Demonstration Cooking Class & Meal: $42
  • New Orleans Food Tour: $44
  • Evening Jazz Boat Cruise with Optional Dinner: $55
  • Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option: $55
  • Signature Flavors of New Orleans Food Tour of the French Quarter: $59
  • New Orleans Signature Tastes of the French Quarter Food Tour: $66
  • The Finest Taste and Flavors of the French Quarter Food Tour: $70
  • French Quarter Food Tour with a Local: $76
  • The Premier New Orleans Food Tour: $77
  • New Orleans Original Seafood Tour of the French Quarter: $80

Typical Food Prices in Reno

For Reno, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dennys for Breakfast
    $22
  • Sushi DInner (for 2)
    $40
  • In-n-Out Burger (for 3)
    $19

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    New Orleans $55
    Reno $88
Typical Entertainment Prices in New Orleans

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for New Orleans's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Zoo & Aquarium Tickets (2)
    $75
  • Riverboat Cruise
    $70
  • French Quarter City Tour
    $100

Tours and Activities in New Orleans

For New Orleans, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Bom Creole Dining Experience w/ Pool and Louisiana Native Chef : $135
  • Creole French Quarter Walking Tour: $30
  • Katrina Story Guided 2 Hours Walking Tour: $30
  • Small Airboat & Oak Alley Plantation Combo Guided Tour: $175
  • The National WWII Museum Admission + Campaigns of Courage Guided Tour Ticket: $68
  • True Crime, Whores and Gore FQ Walking Tour: $30
  • Walking Instagram Photo Tour in the French Quarter New Orleans: $27
  • Whitney Plantation Tour with Transportation: $78
  • 2 Hour Guided Historical Walking Tour in Treme: $30
  • 2-Hour French Quarter Ghost Walking Tour in New Orleans: $40
  • 2-Hour Guided French Quarter Vampire Walking Tour: $25
  • 45 Minute Highlights Tour of the French Quarter: $23

Tours and Activities in Reno

For Reno, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • (18+) Private 30-Minute Axe Throwing Experience Ticket: $40
  • 45 Minutes Twinkle Tours in Reno: $130
  • Biking Adventure Tour from Reno: $102
  • Burning Man Art and Downtown Mural Private Tour: $65
  • Carson City Puzzling Adventure: $35
  • Crime Solving Detective Experience Carson City : $15
  • Downtown Reno Tour: $55
  • Downtown Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Enchanted Street Art Tour in Downtown Reno: $65
  • Experience Raptors and Falconry in Reno: $125
  • From Reno Arch to Truckee River: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Historic Donner Party, Immigrant Trail and Lake Tahoe Photo Tour from Reno: $189

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    New Orleans $60
    Reno $13

Sample the Local Flavors in New Orleans

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in New Orleans:

  • Hop on, Hop off Craft Brewery Bus in New Orleans: $10
  • Haunted Pub Crawl In-App Audio Tour (ENG): $13
  • Private New Orleans Seafood Bar Crawl: $15
  • Guided Rum Distillery Tour and Tasting: $15
  • New Orleans Distillery Tour and Rum Tasting with Guide: $15
  • Guided Distillery Tour & Rum Tasting: $15
  • Spooky Ghost and Haunted Pub Crawl Tour: $17
  • New Orleans Small-Group History Tour Pub Crawl of The Irish Channel: $25
  • Ghost Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl Party: $25
  • Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans: $26
  • New Orleans Original True Crime Pub Crawl: $29
  • New Orleans Spooky Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl: $29

Sample the Local Flavors in Reno

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Reno:

  • 1 Hour Distillery Tour and Tasting Flight: $25
  • Brewery Tour: $130
  • Pedicab Distillery Tour: $192


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between New Orleans and Reno, we can see that New Orleans is more expensive. And not only is Reno much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Reno would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Reno and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in New Orleans would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in New Orleans than you might in Reno.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is New Orleans Expensive? and Is Reno Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, New Orleans or Reno?

New Orleans has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Reno. When comparing the sizes of New Orleans and Reno, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.