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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +1 504-248-3900
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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All aboard for fun and sights

This is a must see and do while in the big easy. Easy to ride and it goes to all the major sights of NOLA Safe

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bluffton, South Carolina
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see and do while in the big easy. Easy to ride and it goes to all the major sights of NOLA Safe

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Burke, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We rode the Saint Charles line from end to end to give our feet a break. The trip took about 45 minutes each way and took us right through the Garden District. You should go just to see a side of New Orleans that is worlds apart from the French Quarter. The houses along Saint Charles street are grand and... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ahead of time, we bought Jazzy Passes (24-hour tickets). We were able to take the green line almost to the end -- stopped short of the end to run into Rite-Aid to buy umbrellas since it was raining so hard -- and back. Totally worthwhile! No need for money to be exchanged. Just show your Jazzy Pass!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The green and red cars really give one a sense of nostalgia, and are a wonderful and inexpensive way to do sightseeing! They also run to many great destinations such as the zoo, city park, the cemeteries and the WWII museum.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An enjoyable ride in this classic trolley Was a big help getting around Buy an all day pass for 3.00

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Street cars go to many parts of New Orleans. The RTA has an excellent website and a smartphone app. If you don't have exact change to pay for your ride, you can use the RTA app to pay with a credit card. I noticed some people just riding the street car to the end and back, sight-seeing. Definitely an easy... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love riding the street cars! They are always here when u need them. Yeti go everywhere in NO that you could want to go

Thank Sharie K
La Place
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hopped on the St Charles Street car to view the Christmas Light on St. Charles Avenue. This was an excellent choice, we did not have to worry about any traffic or distractions of looking and driving. Only one thing could of been better, it was dark outside but the inside of the street car is very well lit so there... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There's nothing really that special about taking a Streetcar. Yes, it's a nice thing to do, cheap and quite convenient, but don't beat yourself up if you miss it...it's nothing amazing.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

3 bucks for unlimited rides for 24 hours. We used it a lot, as we dodged some rain. One trip included an old timer driver that was hilarious.

Thank ChuckBoca

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