When Katrina hit the coast, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, which connected the region with Florida and the West Coast, cancelled its service east of New Orleans, leaving coastal cities without passenger rail service. The small town of Picayune, MS about 60 miles from Biloxi is a stop on the daily New Orleans-Chicago service (19 hours), though services at the station are limited. Visitors are best off connecting through New Orleans, where you can rent cars and arrange other transportation. In New Orleans, you can also catch a three times-weekly Amtrak
service to Los Angeles (43 hours) and New York (daily, 31 hours).
The modern, convenient and easy to use Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
connects the coast to regional hubs such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Dallas-Fort Worth and Tampa; to avoid connections, some passengers prefer to fly to Louis Armstrong International Airport
in New Orleans, served daily from all over North America and just a little over an hour away from the coast.
You can connect to Biloxi or Gulfport daily from New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis and other regional destinations via Greyhound.
Passengers arriving at the Gulfport-Biloxi airport will pay a $30 flat rate to the casinos with Yellow Cab
, a Biloxi-based service that offers reasonable rates in the city and environs. Call 228-385-7777 for reservations.
Visitors coming to the coast strictly to spend time in the casino resorts will find that while Biloxi isn’t the most walkable town, cabs and the transit system’s Casino Hopper make it easy to survive without a car. For those intending to really explore the coast, a car is a major plus; there’s nothing quite like rolling down Highway 90 past the white sand beaches on a beautiful day with the windows open, salty Gulf air filling your lungs. This isn’t Malibu, but it’s pretty special.
Harrison County’s Coast Transit
runs a fleet of mid-sized buses along a handful of routes along the coast, some of particular interest to travelers who prefer to avoid driving. Of particular note is the Beachcomber bus, which runs along Highway 90 from Point Breeze in Biloxi to downtown Long Beach; also check out the convenient Casino Hopper, running between the Bayview Avenue casinos, the Beau Rivage and then down Highway 90 to the Palace Casino. (In other words, all of them.) Fares are $1.25 and go up depending on how many of the system’s three zones you travel; ask about passes, which drivers are able to sell you onboard—$5.00 for a day of unlimited rides, exact change required.