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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 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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I've never been in a street car. Figuring out the routes and stops was fairly easy. Paid 3$ for a day pass. Be warned that they will start moving while you are still standing and... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've never been in a street car. Figuring out the routes and stops was fairly easy. Paid 3$ for a day pass. Be warned that they will start moving while you are still standing and you better hang on!! Enjoyed seeing more of New Orleans than just the French quarter.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Charles street car is an experience, try it you will love it. Every time I am in NOLA, I will ride the street car a few times: 1. it is convenient to get around 2. it is just fun to ride and look out on the St Charles, these big mentions, the park, the university, and all 3. it... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

These cars are pretty cheap to ride and it beats walking however during large festivals they get really crowed so be aware of your surroundings. I have not had any incidents but the potential is there

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every time I go to New Orleans I come in contact, one way or another, with the St. Charles Avenue streetcars. They, like the cable cars of San Francisco, are part of the history of the city. They run along the center of St. Charles Avenue all the way out to South Carrollton. My favorite part of the route has... More 

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Kinder, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be patient and relax on a streetcar. New Orleans without streetcars would not be New Orleans. I would much rather take my time and ride the streetcar than drive or get on a bus.

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Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Streetcars are perhaps my favorite thing about New Orleans. Like San Francisco's cable cars, everyone uses them, they are cheap, and they are transportation that doesn't rush. You can just enjoy the journey, looking out the window, or at your fellow travelers. It's like joining hands, past and present--the past reminds us of what we've lost, enriching the present. $3... More 

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Very easy to use....and comes frequently enough! Paul, Julie, and Paige Rogers. Niagara Falls, Canada.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed in a lovely apartment on Canal St. There was a streetcar stop there. Getting around by streetcar was inexpensive and fun. Felt like a local.

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Charlotte NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just buy the all day pass daily and it is good for 24 hours from the time you buy it. Hop on and off as much as you want to. We used the heck out of this and they run about every 15 minutes. Rental car would cost $30/day to park. Taxi from airport a set price of $36 and... More 

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Elgin, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For $1.25 We were able to ride through the garden district, pass the city park and back. The best is that it runes 24 hours-a-day.

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