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RTA - Streetcars

Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
+1 504-248-3900
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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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“exact change” (564 reviews)
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Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Central Business District
+1 504-248-3900
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Reviewed yesterday

You can ride all the way down St. Charles and back to get a great introduction to the architecture of New Orleans. It is a relaxing ride and can help you beat the heat during the middle of the day. Don't let the no AC...More

Thank mamachickto4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed in the Garden District. The trolley made it easy to move around the Big Easy. Get a jazzy pass (they have a Web sight for the trolley and bus service) and you can jump on or off trolley or MCI buses.

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Catch the St. Charles streetcar at the corner of Carondelet and Canal streets. Ride it through the Garden District, to Carrollton Street. Stay on it to the end, near City Park and the New Orleans Art Museum. You'll pass Tulane and Loyola Universities, Audubon Park,...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The first day we walked. It rained and our feet were hurting so bad. We took the street car every day after. There is a lot to see, take the street car. Many convenient stops and the cost of a day pass, hop on, hop...More

Thank Thedaw39
Reviewed 2 days ago

The first evening we were in NOLA we drove to a restaurant for happy hour and saw the street cars running by packed to the gills. The following days (weekdays) we bought the passes that gave us unlimited rides and took the streetcar everywhere we...More

3  Thank dskid
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a ride into the Garden District. We waited 35 minutes. Driver completely ignored us. She didn't call out the stops. She just stopped, opened the doors, and then took off again. We were trying to look at street signs to know what each...More

Thank Amyswrld2011
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is no air conditioning on the St. Charles line. Once the car is going, there is a breeze. Economic way to get from the Garden District to canal street close to the french quarter. Most of operators are friendly and will give you directions,...More

1  Thank 404Cindy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Do the St Charles line...most scenic down historic street. Most of the RTA cars are airconditioned, except this line...but this was fun to do.

1  Thank Richard H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since we weren't staying in the French Quarter we used the streetcar. Fun experience and afforded us a look at other parts of New Orleans without the hassle of drinking and parking. Used the app for our tickets.

Thank jsgelardi2016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came with my husband while he was on business, used these trolleys as my way to get around. The operators were very helpful in telling me when I needed to get off at my destinations. The 3.00 all day fare is great.

Thank bamamom1962
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other
parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title
might suggest that this area is all about business and
little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you
away from the Central Business District. The CBD
offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be
touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the
world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts
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Helen M
July 1, 2017|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
we parked at our hotel and never used our car. just rode the RTA lines.
May 7, 2017|
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Response from Jesse H | Reviewed this property |
You purchase the day pass from the driver of the trolley. It was $3 per person for the day.
April 15, 2017|
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Response from Jackie L | Reviewed this property |
Definitely download the RTA app. We did and it makes it so much easier. The Canal St line is right outside your door. That will take you to City Park...we rode up and back just to see the sites. The St Charles line is... More