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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-248-3900
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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We found riding the Trollies to be a nice experience. We rode many times to various areas and found all of the drives to be friendly and sympathetic to visitors. A great way to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We found riding the Trollies to be a nice experience. We rode many times to various areas and found all of the drives to be friendly and sympathetic to visitors. A great way to get around when in New Orleans.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

This was my second time to visit city and ride street cars. Learned to buy a day pass ($3) and saves lots of searching for change. Three lines: St. Charles, Riverfront, and the Canal line. I love that street cars from the 1950s are still on the tracks! Great way to see the Garden District, but suggest you read about... More 

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The streetcar offers a day pass which is well worth the $3 since the cost to travel to the end of at charles st and back is almost $3. Start at Canal street on the st charles street car. You will pass many old beautiful buildings including Antebellum Homes , city park and the Universities. The ride to the end... More 

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St. Charles, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Great way to get around New Orleans... of course you have the bike Cabs, horse drawn carriages, regular cabs etc. But this is unique and quick way to get from one end of town to another. Catch at several different places and you can get on and off, with a transfer.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We stayed at the Hilton Riverside and simply walked out the door to catch the trolley down to Jackson Square and back most days. We also took the Canal St. trolley almost to the end of the line to go to a restaurant another day. We found the conductors to be very friendly and helpful. There was no need for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

For $1.25 each way, ride the famed New Orleans streetcars. Ride after morning and before afternoon commuter traffic, as NOLA residents use this mode to get to/from work. Exact change required, Also, the earlier in the day your ride, the cooler you'll be, as cars have windows but no air conditioning. We had a blast doing this and will repeat... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is all about charm, not necessarily speed of travel, or comfort, or being on time. I love the streetcars for what they are; a romantic page of history that affords great views, great conversations and getting from A to B while smelling the roses along the way.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Okay. These are definitely awesome to ride on. They go up and down Canal St. And St. Charles -- they do take a long time to come around and there were long line ups to get in. Luckily my friend and I were one of the first people in so we got a spot to sit. Otherwise you'll be crammed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

My first time traveling solo and I had no clue if I needed to rent a car in New Orleans. I am so glad I didn't! Driving AND parking here looks like a nightmare!!!!!!! It is $1.25 to ride the street car one way which is wonderfully cheap! I would advise to keep some cash with you and take advantage... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

It was so much fun to take the streetcar and such a convenient way to get around. It's a tiny bit noisy but it just adds to the charm. Highly recommend taking advantage of this great means of transportation. And if you'll be getting on and off, get an all-day pass...it's worth it.

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