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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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Fun, inexpensive way to get around

We took the Streetcar from Canal Street to the Garden District and it was a fun ride. They don't move very fast and sometimes you have to wait awhile for one to arrive but a... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the Streetcar from Canal Street to the Garden District and it was a fun ride. They don't move very fast and sometimes you have to wait awhile for one to arrive but a cheap, easy way to get to further parts of the city.

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I took the street car to Aubon Park and it was so amazing with all the windows open! The ride is scenic and the conductor was actually pretty funny. $3 for a day pass. Just wish it stretched a bit further toward the French Quarter

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As children, we both rode the New Orleans streetcars, but sort of for different purposes. My wife lived in the Garden District, near the River Bend, where St. Charles Ave and Carrollton cross, and would ride the streetcar to school every day, and then into Downtown New Orleans, on the weekends. We traveled to New Orleans a few times per... More 

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champaign, il usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bring exact change ($3 for an all day pass) and it is an easy hop on/hop off for the day. We used it to travel to the Garden District

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We bought a three day Jazzy Pass, well worth the $9. We took these cars a lot of places, and used them as tour guides as well. The only thing we didn't like was the waiting, and waiting, and more waiting. You definitely have to have your patience.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited nola for a few days in august...I used the streetcar system extensively. The jazzy pass (available on board) is well worth the money and the service is regular,clean and safe. The drivers are very friendly and helpful too.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No where else can you ride a piece of living history. The streetcars are the oldest running in the country and on the historical register as well. Nothing better than riding down St. Charles looking at the beautiful old mansions along the way. Great entertainment for a buck 25, or get an all day Jazzy pass for 3$!

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We recently stayed in the French Quarter and did not bother renting a car. We visited the WWII museum, Garden District, and ventured out to several restaurants. The stops are numerous and the street cars run with regularity. A one-day Jazzy Pass costs $3 and a 3-day pass costs $9 (use your phone). Hint: be sure you pull the chord... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Best thing ever to have in a city! Great price and convenient for those who don't know where to go. Loved it!

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is transportation for the locals , a seat may not be available at first , but that hard wooden seat will eventually be open. Please have change for the fare really cheap compared to the San Fran cable cars ; even lower cost if your a senior . This a scenic ride thru the Garden District , past the... More 

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