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St. Charles Streetcar

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Address: 2817 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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Old times return

I enjoyed riding a number of New Orleans streetcars. I think I was reliving my old Toronto days as a child as the Charles Street cars must date back to the twenties or thirties... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Fenelon Falls
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed riding a number of New Orleans streetcars. I think I was reliving my old Toronto days as a child as the Charles Street cars must date back to the twenties or thirties. They were like the old ones that lasted a long time on the Kingston Road line in Toronto that connected with Queen Street. Worth the 40c... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It was a nice ride out to the end of the line, we enjoyed the experience. Coming back was another story, however. We started out walking part of the way to enjoy the views of the homes. We kept wondering where the streetcars were to bring us back to the Quarter, however. After about an hour of walking, we were... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Travel like NOLA natives and take the streetcars everywhere you can. Cheap, clean and safe transportation with accommodating drivers to help you depart at the correct destination. The real deal!

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Pasadena, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We rode on a Friday around 2pm. The street car was crowded. The driver kept stopping and going little bits at a time almost to the point of making me and my friend sick. It was very hard to get off the street car at our stop because it was so packed. This was not my first ride on a... More 

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NEW ORLEANS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I've lived here for 50 years and I still love the streetcar. Where else can you ride on a 'place' listed in the National Register of Historic Places? (The answer is "only in San Francisco," as far as I know.) Maybe not a 'place' but the car is historic. Riding along the Avenue has the feel of traveling as it... More 

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Sevier County, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The New Orleans streetcars are a reliable, cost-efficient, and scenic way to get around the city. The St. Charles line is the most well-known, but there are other routes that can take you to many of the sites you want to visit. The all-day Jazzy pass is a real bargain at $3.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Jumped on at Canal Street junction and off at Audubon park so that we could walk back to FQ along Magazine. Beautiful houses along the route Great experience and super value at $1.25

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Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Riding on this heritage trolley line has to be one of the best sightseeing bargains in New Orleans. Not only do you see the sights of the downtown but also the rich variety of homes, gardens and institutions along St. Charles. The vehicles are a little noisy but well maintained and comfortable enough for the hour and a half return... More 

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Pasadena, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The streetcar goes the length of St. Charles, taking you by all the beautiful houses in the Garden District. It's $1.25 each way, with no on and off. We bought $3 day passes so we could get on and off as many times as we wanted because we wanted to visit the cemetery. Really enjoyable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was really disappointed by the service here. The streetcar system in New Orleans has so much potential but it is a really unpleasant experience, even for travelers who have a lot of patience. Although there is some attraction to "ye olde" forms of transport and a slower pace of life, the novelty wears thin when delays exceed half an... More 

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