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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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+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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East way to get around NOLA

No need to rent a car while in NOLA. The streetcars are conveniently located and a full day pass is only $3. Much easier to use the streetcars than trying to find a place to... read more

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No need to rent a car while in NOLA. The streetcars are conveniently located and a full day pass is only $3. Much easier to use the streetcars than trying to find a place to park a car and the cost of parking. They can run behind sometimes so you need to allocate enough time if you are on a... More 

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Stayed at airbnb on Canal Street. Download RTA streetcar app. Paid $9 for 3 days to ride streetcars all around New Orleans! Way worth it.

Thank Kris K
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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A one way journey will set you back $1.25 whilst a day pass (which is valid for 24 hours) costs $3. Tickets are purchased onboard, but you need the exact money. Coins or notes are fine - feed the ticket machine whilst the tram driver oversees the transaction. Seniors receive a discount. The service is frequent, there are several lines... More 

Thank Cathryn1978
Sparta, Illinois
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We rode the street cars several time. You can get a 24 hour pass for 3 dollars at Walgreens. We did have to wait over 20 minutes at least twice. The cars can get really crowded with standing room only. We rode to the end of the green line through the Garden Diatrict from the French Quarter, and we rode... More 

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The system is easy to use, especially using the $3/day Jazzy pass. My only complaint is the infrequency of the river-edge line (20 minutes or more wait, up to 40 minutes at some times). Otherwise a wonderful way to get around and see the area.

Thank Eero V
Somers Point, New Jersey
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We stayed in a hotel on Saint Stephens Street Took the street car to the end Canal Street for 40 cents drops you off at the beginning of the French Quarter Very convenient mode of transportation

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Newellton, Louisiana
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We had a blast in the streetcar. We rode on every route to see the sights of New Orleans. It was very interesting and a new experience for my grandchildren. I would recommend riding to get a layout of the city. A very inexpensive way to travel the city. Very enjoyable.

Thank bessgraham
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We wanted to see more of the city, as if we had a car. The streetcars were the best option, allowing us to leisurely drive through the Garden District and waterfront, all for just $3.00 a day. And we could get off and on, without the hassle of parking/costs.

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Driving and parking in the French Quarter is tedious and expensive. A much better way to get around is walking and the RTA streetcars. The lines run to almost all the interesting areas in New Orleans. One way on each line is $1.25 (less for seniors). Have exact change ready or better yet buy a day pass. In many cases... More 

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Blanchard, Oklahoma
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We bought a 3day ticket for two and it was $18. We took our car to the parking garage on Monday and didn't get it out till Friday we walked everywhere and took the street car. The people were so nice and helpful. I highly recommend it.

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