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St. Charles Streetcar

2817 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
504-248-3900
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Ranked #28 of 171 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Transportation
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

New Orleans is a unique experience and so is riding a streetcar and St. Charles is a beautiful street like no other. I lived in NO in the 60's and the streetcars and the homes are still there. This is something fun and inexpensive to do, but please get off and walk some of the way to experience the charm... More

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Kerrville, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Taking the streetcar was a must do for me. The St Charles Streetcar is a nice ride if you would like to see the diversity of New Orleans day to day life. As the streetcar leaves the Warehouse District it is usually full of locals as well as visitors. You will go through an array of neighborhoods and pass two... More

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Lake Worth, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Mansions along St. Charles are beautiful. The street car ride was a fun way to see them, but I also suggest you get out at a stop to walk down the street too.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Took the street car from Canal St to the garden district. However currently most of this line is under construction. According to a local they have no clue when will be done as they keep extending the date. Takes away from the experience that half way through you must hop on a bus. We unfortunately got on right after 5:00... More

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Took the streetcar to Tulane/Loyola. Seemed like a nice diversion, but there was a detour. About half way to our destination, we were told to leave the streetcar, board a bus that made a loop around the construction, then re-board another streetcar. It went like clockwork on the way to, but we had to wait in the August heat for... More

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Hopewell, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I didn't mind how crowded the streetcar got, but due to construction, there are stops in which passengers are dropped off on a busy road to catch a bus and then dropped off again to get onto the streetcar or bus. It's very confusing and dangerous since people don't know what to do . I saw people waiting at an... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Slow enough to take a video of the majestic Garden District mansions out the window. $3 pass for the day. A can't-miss activity when visiting New Orleans. We accidentally went the wrong way and had an unscheduled tour of the entire district, right to the end. But it was a blessing in disguise. We saw it all.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was the best way to travel in New Orleans. It was only $3 for an all day pass, this included buses and transfers also. It was so much cheaper than parking. The streetcar dropped us off in front of all the attractions and our hotel.

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Crowley, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Riding the New Orleans Street Cars is a must when visiting New Orleans. Be sure to ride the St. Charles Line because it will take you into the beautiful Garden District and pass in front of both Loyola and Tulane Universities, You will also be within walking distance to the Audubon Zoo. If you ride the Canal Street Line, it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

You can get tokens for the street car at certain stores in the French Quarter and elsewhere. It's a lovely trip through the Garden District and beyond. Take it out to Tulane University to see the lovely Tiffany stained glass windows they have in their chapel.

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