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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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Fun Means of Transportation

This was an easy and fun way to see parts of New Orleans, and get to many restaurants and places to see. Some of the stops have kiosks where you may purchase tickets, which are... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was an easy and fun way to see parts of New Orleans, and get to many restaurants and places to see. Some of the stops have kiosks where you may purchase tickets, which are also available from the streetcar operators. One-way tickets are $1.50 each, and an all-day pass is $3.00 each (allows for getting on and off, any... More 

Thank sleep4me
Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The streetcars are a great, inexpensive way to see the city. I was able to get all the way from the aquarium, up to City Park, and across the city on St Charles St from the French Quarter to the Garden District. All for $1.25 each way, or I could have bought a day pass for $3. Add to this,... More 

Thank Pat S
Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

streetcars were spacious and for $3, you could ride unlimited within a 24 hour period of time. Got us where we wanted to sightsee and back!

Thank bucksbabe1720
Huntsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Why bother with driving and parking when sightseeing in New Orleans? Pick up a map of the routes, hop on and enjoy the scenary. It's a very efficient method of transportation when taking in a fun day of fun.

Thank marycathyjoneslmp
Independence, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dont take the Causeway bridge to get to New Orleans. The way its constructed is so bumpy we couldnt go more than 35 MPH. Super wavy surface just about pops your trailer off the hitch with much speed.

Thank Kristy M
Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Travelled the green streetcar to the garden district. Easy to get on and off, reasonably priced, and a nice drive to see the old luxurious homes.

Thank Ren026
Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We bought our 3 day passes ahead of time. Don't activate until your first FULL day. Lost count of how many times we got on so I know it saved us money. The St. Charles Avenue streetcars are "old" but quaint. The cars are clean. No A/C on this line but all the windows open. Great for taking pictures. Cool... More 

Thank Sharon C
Winsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

These street cars are a very good way of getting around the the city. Very reasonable cost to travel to variuos areas of the city. $3 each fora day pass.

Thank Paul M
Oakwood, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Buy a day pass for $3 and you can use public transportation, bus and streetcars for the day. The streetcars are comfortable and will take you to several points of interest in New Orleans. One caution, the streetcars are used heavily on the weekend, so start early if it fits your schedule. During busy times, the streetcars are LOADED and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If your not in any rush and you want to see New Orleans the best way to get around and see the sights are the streetcar. For $3 for 24 hours they are also go value. They all run fairly regularly and the most we had to wait was 20 min, but mostly it was about 10 min. Only problem... More 

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