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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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+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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Cheap & fun way to get around.

Very enjoyable and pretty fast too! Definitely purchase an all day pass on their app, it makes it quick and easy to come and go.

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Pete B
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Very enjoyable and pretty fast too! Definitely purchase an all day pass on their app, it makes it quick and easy to come and go.

Thank Pete B
Golden, Colorado
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If you want to go up to City Park or down to the river, to the river edge of the French Quarter to Audubon Park, then it's a fun way to get there. The cars do get crowded at some stops and some times of day, but overall, there's usually a place to sit; and they go so slowly that... More 

Thank moakleyman50
Niotaze, Kansas
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Take a relaxing ride on the Streetcars to get around, or just to say you did, and see some of the backstreets of New Orleans. Stately mansions blended with new age buildings in the shade of some of the most awesome trees still alive.

Thank 24marvink
West Covina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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These streetcars are very convenient. Download the RTA app, where you can purchase tickets, plan trips, look up pick up times, etc. All have A/C with the exception of the St. Charles Streetcar, it's the oldest one so no A/C, but it does take you directly to the Garden District, which is a must visit while in New Orleans.

Thank grrracie
Jacksonville, Florida
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The streetcar is a great way to see the city. Get on and off wherever you want and explore uptown. Great little neighborhood shops and restaurants.

Thank Charles W
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Used the street cars a few times during our stay, easy on and off and the drivers were actually fun and entertaining! Its cheap and easy to use.

Thank bsgrilling
Placerville, California
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We bought the jazzy card at Walgreens and learned the hard way: get to the streetcar stops EARLY. The pickups are undependable and the ride SLOW. If you are used to big city mass transit, this is not it, no express cars here. But the crowded cars are exactly the same. But it is an inexpensive way to get around... More 

Thank ProfHiker
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Three dollars will buy you a 24 hour day pass to see the sights of New Orleans! Travel through the French Quarter, The Market, fabulous Magazine Street and the Garden District. I love that you can hop off, and stroll for a while and then hop back on. Just riding to the end of a route and catching another streetcar... More 

Thank Ljones4400
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We got the $3 day pass where you can get on and off as many times as you like, and we probably got a full half day of activity getting on and off the streetcar to see Tulane University, the Audubon park, and other interesting sights. Even just riding the car around for a full loop and seeing the views... More 

Thank Grace L
Clearwater, Florida
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We used the streetcars for three days and were glad we did. It was only 3 dollars a day for unlimited rides - so $9 for 3 days - Great Deal!! The Streetcar stop was directly in front of our resort on St. Charles Ave. Last stop for the St. Charles Ave. cars is at the corner of Bourbon St.... More 

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