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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Download the rta app to get the several day jazzy pass. Such an investment! I frequently stay in the garden district and its such a cheap way to travel down to the quarter without... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The street cars are a nice and cheap ($3 for a day pass) way to get around town, but they are also a very slow (especially in the city center) as they seem to stop every 100-150 meters or so. I wouldn't call the street cars a tourist must, but if for example you want to go further away, like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Download the rta app to get the several day jazzy pass. Such an investment! I frequently stay in the garden district and its such a cheap way to travel down to the quarter without having to pay expensive parking all day

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love that the streetcar now runs from the train station and out Rampart. I can leave our house in MS and be at our apartment in NOLA in about two hours door to door. No hassle with driving and the car stop is two blocks from our apartment! Totally convenient.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the streetcars. They are a great way to get around the cities tourist areas. Took the garden district tour just to see the lovely historical homes and beautiful streets... lots of places to hop off and grab a beverage or meal and hop back on to get back to the heart of downtown- Bourbon St, Canal, Esplanade... More 

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Thank SaskFoodie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being a senior, a ride only costs us $.40...cheap!! Use them all the time on our trips to NOLA. Always clean...operators very friendly!

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Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bought a 3 day pass, streetcars run continuously to most of the city, pass also good on buses for other parts. Much better then trying to drive and find a place to park. Take a smart phone with a map app for directions and down load a transit app for schedule.

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Hiram, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Streetcars are an awesome was to travel easily thru New Orleans. It is public transportation made easy. We got a 3 day pass from the drugstore and it is good for unlimited trips. It was awesome to ride it thru from one end to the other. We found out that it runs 24 hrs a day so that worked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to get around the city easy for a few bucks. Reliable service with pleasant drivers. No need for a taxi ever.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The public transit workers in NOLA are second to none. Awesome ride and cool way to see the sights. The St Charles line runs a historic loop through the city that cant be beat for 1.25.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great way to get from the French Quarter to the Garden District. We got off at Washington Avenue and from there did the walking tour outlined in the Frommer's guide. At 40 cents for seniors (with free transfers) it seemed like the ultimate bargain. It's quaint and clanky but there is a big downside. As a tourist,... More 

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