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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-248-3900
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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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A must for visitors.

So reasonable - 3 dollars for a whole day. Just jump on and travel like a local. See parts you wouldn't normally go to. Takes you to the heart of the French Quarter

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

So reasonable - 3 dollars for a whole day. Just jump on and travel like a local. See parts you wouldn't normally go to. Takes you to the heart of the French Quarter

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were fortunate to have hotel accommodations within a few blocks of the streetcar line. A $3 day pass took us pretty much everywhere we needed to go in New Orleans. We entertained ourselves one freezing morning by taking a ride out to the end of the line through the Garden District and enjoying the stately homes. The streetcars were... More 

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Marne, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of the best ways to see the city on a budget. For $3.00 you can ride all day. They come by very regularly so we never had to wait long. Make sure you have exact amount when you buy your ticket, they don't make change and don't take credit cards.

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Was a nice cheap way to get around. 3 dollars a day to get around. It's got character. If your sea legs aren't so good try to get a seat real fast.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You step back in time on these. You can't beat the all day pass. They can be slow and crowded but its great way to see the sights. Drivers are so friendly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is just the basic ride. It can get crowded. What happens is your waiting for the streetcar and the driver pulls up and says "were full wait for the next one" Well the next one says the same thing. We did once and did Urber the rest of the trip. It is only a $1.25

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Thank Ed S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Clean wonderful used it all night tonight wrote it back and forth on Canal Street was a wonderful trip something you got to do at least once while you're down in New Orleans yep.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Catch the "Streetcar"and ride it to the Garden district. Get off at Washington Ave and walk towards the river to see the Lafayette Cemetery , eat lunch at Commanders Palace and then hop back on and take it to Audubon Park.. You will have a fantastic day!

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Thank Elizabeth W
Orinda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first thing we did after dropping off our luggage was to hop on a streetcar -- they are a fun way to get your bearings.

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This will only cover the streetcars, but buses are also great. First if you are a senior (65), the cost is only .40 with a free transfer to another streetcar, otherwise it is $1.25 each ride or $3.00 all day for all streetcars. The main streetcars are Rampart on the top of the French Quarter, Riverfront on the bottom of... More 

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