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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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The public transit workers in NOLA are second to none. Awesome ride and cool way to see the sights. The St Charles line runs a historic loop through the city that cant be beat... read more

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The public transit workers in NOLA are second to none. Awesome ride and cool way to see the sights. The St Charles line runs a historic loop through the city that cant be beat for 1.25.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a great way to get from the French Quarter to the Garden District. We got off at Washington Avenue and from there did the walking tour outlined in the Frommer's guide. At 40 cents for seniors (with free transfers) it seemed like the ultimate bargain. It's quaint and clanky but there is a big downside. As a tourist,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

NOLA streetcars are a great way to get around town. They are reliable, inexpensive, the drivers are helpful and it's a wonderful way to see the city!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great way to pass away an afternoon in New Orleans. This part of town is so quaint and such a contrast to bourbon street.

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Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I got tickets for the St. Charles Streetcar because we wanted to see some of the beautiful houses of the Garden District. We would not ever do this again, because this approach yielded seeing maybe 100 houses which took almost 3 hours in a cramped, uncomfortable seat, with people leaning over the seat edges. It was just... More 

Thank Larry096
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ride the street car for $3.00, 24hrs. Great way to hop on hop off and see the sites. Tip, have exact change if you are tourist.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For $3 you can ride as much as you want for 24 hours. It's a great way to see the city. I highly recommend riding to the end and back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So easy to find the stops, buy the 24 hour pass for $3 get on and off as many times as you like. Windows can be opened to feel the breezes, many riders can give info on where to get off the view the sites. Hotels and Visitor centers have the route map.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

These classic streetcars are a fun way to see some of the grandeur of St. Charles Avenue. Note a few things... 1. The cars are not fast. They stop often and are slow to load and unload. Don't rely on them as rapid transit and you will be happier. 2. The cars have steps. If you have a baby stroller,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to get around for very cheap this is the way to go. However, you could walk faster but it does save your feet. Operators are friendly, make sure you have exact change.

Thank Angela L

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