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RTA - Streetcars

Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
+1 504-248-3900
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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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“street cars” (780 reviews)
“exact change” (588 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Central Business District
+1 504-248-3900
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the streetcar! It was a great way to see the city and very inexpensive! We rode through the garden district and back to the French Quarter.

Thank TCB21
Reviewed yesterday

The trolley system is a great way to get around New Orleans like a local. Day passes are available at local stores such as CVS or right on the trolley as you board. We found this most convenient. There are also senior discounts available. We...More

Thank Mary T
Reviewed yesterday

You really must experience New Orleans on the street cars. It is the way to go there. It is part of being a tourist, but also part of being a local. The people are friendly and often will tell you stories about New Orleans when...More

Thank CyndyL
Reviewed yesterday

Granted, this is a great way to travel for locals but for us tourists, take a minute to step away from Bourbon Street and see the sights. At $3.00 for an all day pass you can catch the trolley's to parts of New Orleans you...More

Thank djwillis07
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Streetcar system is very easy to figure out and so reasonable - $3 For an all day pass. Ride along St. Charles for some beautiful views of homes and gardens. The cars are clean, the drivers are friendly and you must have exact change....More

Thank VAseawitch
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Takes about a little over an hour to ride back and forth on the St Charles line going through the Garden District and checking out the beautiful mansions and homes on this street.

Thank Jessie L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The streetcars, though quaint and charming, is a main method of transport for New Orleanians! This means it gets CROWDED; think wall to wall people packed in an non-air conditioned, slow moving vessel in 40 degree (Celsius) heat... The St Charles street car is a...More

Thank Vacation_Maven7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The street car is cost effective and a great ride. It only costs $1.50 for one way ride. The drivers were nice as well.

Thank Terra007
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you would like to visit a destination along Canal street or St, Charles, this is a nice alternative. Not super speedy but $3 for 24 hours is cheaper than Uber / Lyft.

1  Thank GreatTraveltime
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First off the majority of drivers are female and are are top class in the way they manoeuvre these 100 year old trams through all the traffic Canal street one is the one that takes you to the shops but the best one for visitors...More

Thank lbees
Central Business District
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
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September 11, 2017|
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Response from Barb B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry this was my first trip to New Orleans but I doubt they would have them running on that holiday out of respect for the folks that drive them but don't know for 100%
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Craig F | Reviewed this property |
I can't help with the La Pavillion question because I don't know the location of the hotel. Sorry. Perhaps someone from New Orleans can answer it for you 25 people would fit on a single car assuming there is room. We... More
Helen M
July 1, 2017|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
we parked at our hotel and never used our car. just rode the RTA lines.