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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-248-3900
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 ride!

First time on a streetcar (I live in Florida) and it was delightful. The driver was pleasant and the seats comfortable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time on a streetcar (I live in Florida) and it was delightful. The driver was pleasant and the seats comfortable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat it was to ride the streetcars into the Garden District from the French Quarter. Its only $3 per person for a full day pass or $1.25 per stop. Its so great to be able to sightsee as you ride toward your destination and the drivers were all so helpful and friendly. The streetcars aren't just for tourists,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Inexpensive transport to the Garden District from downtown (or free if the fare taking machine is broken).

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easily accessible from Canal Street and take you to other areas of interest in town. Low price for travel. Very unlikely to get lost by getting on the wrong streetcar.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a green street car to get to Garden District and it was so much fun! It's a public transportation and a sightseeing at the same time. The streetcars are historical themselves, as they are old and vintage. Costs only 3 dollars for a day ticket.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're staying in New Orleans I absolutely recommend taking a ride on the famous streetcars. They have awesome wooden seats and are super old school. It feels like you are on a ride at Disney but in real life. Just keep it mind that it means you get all the tourists and locals on your trolley for better or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

North, South, East or West these street cars can get you to your exact destination or within a few block walk. Get the DAY PASS, if you expect to do lots of sightseeing and need to get off and on at numerous locations.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We attempted to ride the streetcar down St. Charles Street to see the garden district as suggested by many sites. The streetcar was so full it was standing room only; there was no way you could even see out the windows as they were so filmy. The value of riding all day on any streetcar is excellent at $3/day, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found the streetcars to be very convenient. However, due to traffic during Thanksgiving weekend, they were not as reliable. Conductors are gruff

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This must be the best way to see NOLA! Streetcars are less crowded in the morning. Buy the day pass from the driver. Single trip is $1.25. Charming, charming, charming. If you have time for only one streetcar trip, take St Charles.

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