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St. Charles Streetcar

2817 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
504-248-3900
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Ranked #24 of 166 attractions in New Orleans
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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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Take the trip, cars are gorgeous and original and route is through the Garden District. Worth the short wait for a streetcar along St. Charles street.

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Snellville, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Love the street cars, some of the drivers is very nice, but they need to check one mean one, I remember her from last year. Always mad, with shades on and hair pulled back like she hates her job. Just rude, even her face makes you sick.But sometimes you really have to ignore people like this. anywho nice scenic ride... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We traveled to New Orleans for the first time. We decided to take a ride on the green St. Charles streetcar to get a nice tour of the city as described online. The streetcars do not travel any faster in traffic or bypass it in anyway so we were stuck in 5 pm traffic. Also, my family and some other... More

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Dallas, Texas
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231 attraction reviews
563 helpful votes 563 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If you have never ridden a street car than you must ride the ones in New Orleans. Just a trip from downtown to the garden district so you can say you have ridden the street car. I don't know why the cars are painted green in the photo on this site as all the ones we saw were painted red.... More

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Woodbury, MN
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I thought this would be a really fun ride to see the garden district - not so much. There were a ton of people waiting to get on the car at Canal St. We didn't make it onto the first car and had to wait for the next one (about 5 minutes). Then there is maintenance on the track a... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very nostalgic BUT, very difficult to get into or out of it. The first step in is about like a doulllble step, then another steep step up To pay, then another deep step up to seating area. There are hand rails and a pole to help getting on and off. Lucky for the pole because getting off is almost akin... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

When traveling to New Orleans a ride on the street car is a must. It like going down memory lane. Have exact change because they don't have updated systems, but then, why would anyone expect that?

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Buffalo, N.Y.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you MUST be somewhere, by all means, take a taxi. But if you have some time and want an unhurried -- and historic - way to get from point A to point B - by all means, hop on a street car. $3 for an all day pass which you pay as you board. We rode from Canal Street... More

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

In general fun to ride and nostalgic, but I had to wait for it for about an hour, and it was so packed with people that I felt claustrophobic.

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Mulberry, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

For pure nostalgia it is great, but as a means of conveyance it simply is too slow. We rode several of the streetcars while in NO. This is the oldest which is cool, but it is also the longest ride. My wife wanted to see the Garden District and we thought this would be a leisurely way to do so.... More

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