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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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Awesome way to get around.

$3 for a day pass is worthy it! Who cares what way you go. Makes for a fantastic way to see the city....and it's fun too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

$3 for a day pass is worthy it! Who cares what way you go. Makes for a fantastic way to see the city....and it's fun too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the best way to get around town. For $3 a day you can visit the Garden Districts, Lafayette Cemetery, Shops on Magazine Street, WWII museum, outlet mall, shops at Canal, Casino, Riverwalk and so many other places. Also good to just ride and see the city. Pass can also be used on the buses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This past weekend, my wife, daughter and I were in New Orleans for our cousin's wedding. I was looking forward to seeing and riding the streetcars, and they did not disappoint! For $3.00, you get a day pass that allows you to ride the streetcars, get on and off anywhere all day, and see some wonderful things in New Orleans!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We flew to New Orleans and did not have a car. Streetcars were so convenient and inexpensive. For $3 /day you can go all over the city. Seniors can travel for 40 cents. A streetcar stop was about 1/2 block from our hotel and the routes take you to most tourist sites.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We traveled a couple of times by streetcar. Very inexpensive ($3.00 for a full day pass, $1.25 for a single ride). We got 'lucky' and found out what can happen when a pesky passenger vehicle stops on the tracks. Yup, we got to experience the streetcar plowing into a car. And the ensuing 'discussion' between the two drivers. Interesting, sure,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So my friend and I were wanting something different out of our New Orleans experience. We definitely wanted to drink but we didn't go to get drunk and party. We went for the history, architecture and because we love A Streetcar Named Desire. So, of course we had to ride a Streetcar! We took people's suggestions and hopped on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First of all, coming from NYC, I appreciated that these streetcars don't spew fumes. And again, coming from NYC, I love public transportation, so I HAD to give the trolley a try! These are not the fastest way to get around, but they surely are the cheapest. And we didn't find out until after we'd already taken a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Catch the RTA on Canal Street to the cemeteries at the end of the line, or to the City Park and Museum or the Garden District. A full day's pass is only $3, and it's a fun ride. The conductors are friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to travel and sightsee at the same time. Best to get a day pass. We rode from end to end. Fun!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Trolley was a novelty to ride. Clean, nostalgic, but ONLY ride within confines of the French Quarter. $3 for a 24 hour transit pass. You can take from cafe du monde area up to Bourbon St. Maybe two blocks further. Not safe past there. Good luck.

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