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RTA - Streetcars

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Central Business District
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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-248-3900
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit...

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and past stately mansions, they offer up relaxing views of the beauty, charm and history of New Orleans for little cost. When riders board these historic vehicles they are boarding a piece of movable New Orleans history. The RTA operates three streetcar lines: the famous, historic St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) connecting Uptown/Garden District, Carrollton, Mid-City, City Park and the Marigny. The RTA is currently adding more Streetcar lines.

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Forty fifth anniversary

An enjoyable ride in this classic trolley Was a big help getting around Buy an all day pass for 3.00

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An enjoyable ride in this classic trolley Was a big help getting around Buy an all day pass for 3.00

Thank lpierce5242
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Street cars go to many parts of New Orleans. The RTA has an excellent website and a smartphone app. If you don't have exact change to pay for your ride, you can use the RTA app to pay with a credit card. I noticed some people just riding the street car to the end and back, sight-seeing. Definitely an easy... More 

Thank kitdoor
Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love riding the street cars! They are always here when u need them. Yeti go everywhere in NO that you could want to go

Thank Sharie K
La Place
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hopped on the St Charles Street car to view the Christmas Light on St. Charles Avenue. This was an excellent choice, we did not have to worry about any traffic or distractions of looking and driving. Only one thing could of been better, it was dark outside but the inside of the street car is very well lit so there... More 

Thank Lisa D
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There's nothing really that special about taking a Streetcar. Yes, it's a nice thing to do, cheap and quite convenient, but don't beat yourself up if you miss it...it's nothing amazing.

Thank pujasadventure
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

3 bucks for unlimited rides for 24 hours. We used it a lot, as we dodged some rain. One trip included an old timer driver that was hilarious.

Thank ChuckBoca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An easy affordable way to visit city park. . Garden district and cemeteries not too much just fun to ride. 24 hour pass $3 Single rude $1.25 Can be purchased onboard

Thank maritimeramman
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The service is mostly very good, and for $3/day it is a good deal. They don't go everywhere however and in some areas the service seems less frequent ... altogether definitely adds to the experience as it allows one to travel to most tourist attractions such as market, french quarter, museums, etc.

Thank GloriaandPhil
Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was able to travel while in New Orleans with the entire family! The kids enjoyed seeing New Orleans this way.

Thank Chelle3003
Brandon, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The St. Charles Ave line is very very safe. 7am to 10pm. 1.25$ exact change is required. Most weekends filled with tourists. 7-8am and 5-6pm locals are going home. Be absolute certain where you want to get off and walk. Parts of Garden District are very safe in the residential area. Do not walk around with a map. Use cell... More 

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