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What is the best way to get from New Orleans Airport to the French Quarter?

Hi I am visiting New Orleans for the first time in April. My flight lands at 6pm in the evening and I am staying in the French Quarter. What is the quickest and most cost effective way of getting there and how long will it take?
many Thanks,

Other than renting a car your choices are (most convenient to least convenient):

Taxi: About $30 for 1 or 2 people
Shuttle: $15 per person
Public bus: About $2, plus a short taxi ride after you get to the city center.

If it was me and I was by myself I would take the shuttle. I would take a taxi if I was traveling with someone.