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There are no direct flights to New Orleans from the UK. Airlines including American Airlines (with a BA codeshare), Air Canada, Delta, United and US Airways fly to New Orleans from UK airports with a change in US or Canadian cities (from £620). Jefferson Transit’s E2 airport bus will take you downtown (£1.20). The Regional Transit Authority runs the local bus service and streetcars – single fares are 80p plus 15p for transfers. A one-day Jazzy pass is available for £1.90. You can also hire a bike (half day £15).

Where to stay
The Auld Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast feels right out of Mardi Gras – the large parlour resembles a banana-tree jungle and the soaking-tub room is painted to look like a night sky (2460 N Rampart St; from £65).

The Columns Hotel is an 1883 white-porched mansion with 19 rooms beyond a magnificent mahogany staircase. To soak up late-night revelry from the front porch ask for a second floor front room (3811 St Charles Ave; suite from £100).

At Audubon Cottages you can sleep in immaculately restored French Quarter buildings. You’ll have your own saltwater pool, attentive staff and a peaceful retreat close to all the action (509 Dauphine St; from £180).

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