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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-248-3900
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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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An excellent and convenient way to travel around New Orleans. A whole day (24 hours) pass is available for just $3. The Riverfront Line allowed us to easily travel from our... read more

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Brownsville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We used this as a way to go to different areas of the city. It would be nice if they announced what street we were arriving at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent and convenient way to travel around New Orleans. A whole day (24 hours) pass is available for just $3. The Riverfront Line allowed us to easily travel from our hotel to Frenchman Street and the French Quarter. And other lines allow you to see different parts of the city - including the Garden District.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The New Orleans trolleys will take you wherever you want to go -- for a buck or two. Buy a pass if you're going to ride a lot. Otherwise, just carry a little change. The one way ticket is only $1.25. For tourists, the trolley frees you from staying in the French Quarter. There are plenty of great hotels on... More 

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Washington, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The street cars are great! We had a stop directly in front of the Inn. I highly recommend the Jazzy pass so you can hop on and off all day.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would not want to drive the Garden District or the French Quarter. The streets are super narrow and parking is both expensive and hard to find. Plus, most streets are parallel parking so not my favorite thing to attempt! The trolley was the perfect solution. A one-way ride is $1.25 but for $3.00 per day, you get a 24... More 

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Langley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Riding the street cars is one way to get around the city, and to see it. We loved the Royal line, a great way to spend a day riding the Royal line and stopping at some for the places in the Garden District.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drivers were always VERY helpful. Some went above and beyond to give us recommendations and directions.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These come in handy and we used them several times while touring New Orleans, however, we did not find any map in order to go down side streets on the various streetcars...we only rode the Canal Street one back and forth....we had no idea how to get on another one to get down to the French Market, etc., so we... More 

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The streetcars on Canal and St. Charles lines are a wonderful throw back to the past with their wonderfully preserved window wood trims, seats that change positions to face front or face each other. The conductors are so very helpful and pleasant and you can meet and talk with locals on boar who are also helpful and very friendly and... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Public transportation that's fun is all too rare. NOLA's streetcars are fun - as well as cheap, reliable, frequent, and colorful. Buy passes onboard or at select retail shops and just enjoy. The Green Line through the Garden District is a tour all on its own.

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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 District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.