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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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A streetcar named St. Charles

When in New Orleans use the streetcar. It's cheap and it's a wonderful slow way to see the city. It will even get you from A to B eventually. But remember exact change ($1.25... read more

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When in New Orleans use the streetcar. It's cheap and it's a wonderful slow way to see the city. It will even get you from A to B eventually. But remember exact change ($1.25 or 3.00 for a day pass). The drivers are very alive and talkative and their gear is a piece of museum still in use. And of... More 

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We took the blue line from the French Market and green trolley to the garden distinct. Bring your $1 bills and be sure to get the $3 day pass if you plan to hop on and off. Go to the Visitors' Center for a map and all the places to see along the way. Great way to see the city... More 

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Lake Dallas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved riding the street cars. A $3 pass let you ride all day and see a lot. They have handicap access and are very helpful.

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I enjoyed my ride on the Canal Street streetcar. Locals and tourists striking up conversations with each other made for an interesting ride. Highly recommend to lessen the walking around in the high humidity.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great way to get around New Orleans at an affordable price! During my visit to New Orleans I supplemented my walking around the French Quarter and downtown area with a 24 hour pass for the RTA streetcars. Have your money ready - $3.00 when boarding the streetcar and tell the conductor you want the 24 hour pass when boarding. After... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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A must for out of town era. See how local folks live, go see the pretty houses along the way. Stop along the way, walk in the garden district. This is a very cheap way to see a lot of the city. Try in the evening when not so hot. It is an experience you will remember forever.

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Humble, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love to walk around a lot when visiting but these streetcars are a nice relief. We normally get the 3 day jazzy pass. I think it is like $8 or $9 each but is unlimited rides and saves you from those long walks.

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Overall, the RTA streetcar/trolley is a great way to get around the city once you figure out which one goes where... lol!# It's best to buy a day pass for $3.00 because it's good for 24 hours from the time you buy it. That's a deal! We got to see many parts of the city we couldn't have driving and... More 

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Monett, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is by far the best way to get around. We bought a 3 day pass & it was great. The trolleys & streetcars take you anywhere you could want to go. We didn't ride any of the buses but all 3 are included in the pass. We took the streetcar down St Charles just to look at the amazing... More 

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What a wonderful way to see New Orleans. The Streetcar takes you through all the districts until you get to the cemeteries, and you get the flavor of the city and its people. Nicely the other stop is Harrah's Casino, where you can play the slots and get a quick drink before heading into the French Quarter. It is only... More 

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Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.