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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: 504-248-3900
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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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Great way to get around

Used the St Charles street car several times during out tip. Clean, inexpensive transportation. Drivers were all friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Germantown Hills, Illinois
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Germantown Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Used the St Charles street car several times during out tip. Clean, inexpensive transportation. Drivers were all friendly and helpful.

Thank ARHardwick
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend and I took a street car ride during Mardi Gras time. It was very enlightening and a true learning experience. The ride was smooth and very comfortable. We stopped and at lunch near Carrolton Ave and St. Charles, since there are lots of nice places to stop and eat along the route. Be sure to stand at the... More 

Thank pinkwifee
Westerlo, New York
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Flew down to New Orleans and used the Streetcars the 1st day we were there. Got the day pass, was the best deal to get and was good for 24 hrs. So we were able to use it the next day too.

Thank Sal S
Vincent, Alabama
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Taxis are great but when you can take a street car? Take the street car! A day pass is only $3 and you can ride and ride and ride. You can get to all the touristy places in a relaxed manner but you can also get to some out of the way places and plenty of locals use them to... More 

Thank Samantha W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After being in San Francisco and being on their trolley cars, we just had to ride them in New Orleans, we were not disappointed and pleasantly surprised by the price of a day ticket.

Thank Robert M
New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We rode a few street cars between downtown and the Tulane area. It was a really fun way to see the historic neighborhoods of the city. It did get a bit crowded at some times of the day and it would be best to try to avoid that for a better experience.

Thank Natek3232
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Each trip we take our New Orleans map review the streetcars routes and go for a ride to the end of the line. A good way to know various areas. We also have read of various good and interesting restaurants and take streetcars. This is a good way to travel since private parking might be difficult and cabs no available... More 

Thank Lelia T
Montclair, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to get a day pass, $3 each to ride the car from the start of the line, all the way up to Canal street and back. We jumped off a few times to check out the sites. The cars are very clean and comfortable. They have many stops along the way. The cars will get crowded at times.... More 

Thank Tim J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We traveled to Bourbon Street from the Garden District. On Halloween! Oh my, the people watching, the comraderie of fellow masqueraders starting (and finishing) they're night out on the cars was 1/2 the fun of the evening. Very congenial drivers. The cars themselves are a piece of art. Do not hesitate to use when visiting this lovely city.

Thank jessdan2
El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband & decided to invest $3 each for a day pass on the RTA Streetcars. What a bargain ~ this pass is good for 24 hours of riding on the streetcar and bus system. We took the St. Charles streetcar with the intention of taking it to O'Henry's Restaurant for lunch. We were riding along & our Streetcar driver... More 

Thank Rose H

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