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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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We used the street cars to go to the Tulane, The Garden District, Frenchman Street, etc. We left our car parked...and this was cheap easy transportation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We used the street cars to go to the Tulane, The Garden District, Frenchman Street, etc. We left our car parked...and this was cheap easy transportation

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Essex UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Rode the streetcars along St Charles & Canal Street. Really fun thing to do, if a little slow. Great for taking in the scenery & people watching. $3 day pass great value.

Thank Angel57
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Clean. Timely. Well managed. Streetcars are a fun way to get around New Orleans and see the sites. $3 for a day ticket, one can hop on and off the street cars throughout the city. If you get a window seat, one can see the sites of New Orleans. If you get an involved streetcar driver, they may give you... More 

Thank Catherine T
Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A one day pass for $3 is hard to beat for unlimited rides. We took the St. Charles line from the French Quarter to the WWII Museum, then out to the Garden district and back. It was economical and easy to navigate.

Thank Clift0n
Winnsboro, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You would love the view of the city. The rails cars have the look of the rail cars in San Francisco, CA

Thank dem0n123
Elliott, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

These streetcars are a lifesaver to get around New Orleans especially when its hot or when a stray thunderstorm hits. Definitely get the $3 all day pass well worth it only if you plan on riding a couple of times. Way easier than walking everywhere, that's for sure.

Thank 5150Paula
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The street cars are fun, practical and extremely historic -- also a great bargain! It's often the fastest, simplest way to get from Point A to Point B, and you can enjoy the sights along the way without having to navigate. And at $1.25, it's cheaper than Lyft!

Thank Mimmom24
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice and helpful drivers! While there are a lot of stops along the way, it is still faster than being stuck in traffic in a car. For $3 you can get a day pass and visit many parts of NOLA. This is a very safe and easy way to navigate the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Were told by co-worker this was the best way to “see and experience” New Orleans. But with a limited amount of time, we were there mainly for the experience and check in the block. First off, 3 weeks prior to our trip I ordered the Jazzy Card online (so didn’t have to worry about that when we got there). EZ,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The drivers are mostly friendly and very helpful. There are a lot of street car routes that can get you where you need to go. Just pull the cord to let them know when you want to stop!


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