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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Nice Way to See the City

We bought a three day Jazzy Pass and used it to get around New Orleans. The schedule and route map is easy to read. They provide service to a number of attractions.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We bought a three day Jazzy Pass and used it to get around New Orleans. The schedule and route map is easy to read. They provide service to a number of attractions.

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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time in the big easy and was pleasantly surprised with the street cars. The rate to get on is not that expensive plus the scenery around the city is beautiful. Drivers are very professional and courteous. I even met a resident who was interested in sports as much as I am. We talked it up. Kid and family friendly.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the street car from the train station to Elysian Fields, then walked the last couple blocks to our B&B. Only $1.25 per person. And fun to ride! Just be careful about parade interruptions around Mardi Gras.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have ridden the streetcars for fun on two separate visits. They are a low-key way to people watch, get off in neighborhoods that look interesting and hop back on. I like this kind of stuff.

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Jackson,NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really good on the feet if you are tired of walking. Exact change is required. $1.25 per person for a ride and $3 for unlimited day pass. One car takes you to Frenchman Street and one takes you down Canal Street. It is really cool and a great way to see everything.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always fun to ride the streetcar. The st Charles streetcar goes from Canal street in the French Quarter up through the garden district past Tulane University. An all day pass is only $3 and you can get on and off all the lines as many times as you want in a 24 hour period. Enjoy the ride!

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Detroit, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The trolleys are efficient, clean and a great way to get around parts of New Orleans. The one that goes through the Garden District is a treat, beautiful homes so interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great way to get around without being expensive. Can buy a 24 hour pass for $3.00. Have to have exact cash to buy the pass.

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Wayzata, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Roll from Canal Street downtown alt the way to Tulane to take in the full effect of St Charles Ave and the lovely old homes. Get off just past Tulane to enjoy breakfast at the original Camellia Grill. Waffles yum! The Tulane campus is a pretty walk as is Audubon Park. Don't call it a "trolley" though--it's a streetcar!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ride about 10am and just for a short ride. The experience is unique, but you do not need to sit on the wooden bench for long to be able to check it off your bucket list. Very hot in summer and no fun if crowded.

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