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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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The New Orleans street cars are a great way to see the city and rest your feet! We went from City Park's Botanical Gardens all the way back to our hotel in the CBD! Very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The New Orleans street cars are a great way to see the city and rest your feet! We went from City Park's Botanical Gardens all the way back to our hotel in the CBD! Very affordable but make sure you have exact change or purchase a day pass!

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Huntley, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the NOLA street car to the WWII Museum. Be prepared to have one or two pass your stop, as they are almost always filled. Once aboard, seating is scarce, and on our two experiences, no capable rider would offer my 74 year old a place to rest for the ride. At our arrival point, it was "everybody for themselves"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are close to the French Quarter, a $3 daily pass is well worth it. You can buy & use the pass on your smart phone. You just display the app to the driver as you enter.It keeps track of your 24 hours of pass. You don't need transfers with the pass. And with the several routes, it should... More 

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We waited 15-20 minutes on a rather raw Sunday morning for the St. Charles Streetcar. It was crowded but I soon got a seat. After visiting the WWII Museum, we decided to ride the streetcar through the Garden District to the end of the line. The conductor was having a little fun with my husband by asking him his age.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first taste of traveling on a streetcar. We figured it out very quickly. Locals traveling on there were very friendly and helpful. Very good bargain, as you can use your 24 hour ticket on the streetcar and RTA bus.

Thank Beverly J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

$3 for a 24 hour pass or $1.25 per ride. Drivers are so helpful and can direct you to anywhere. Rode down St. Charles to view the beautiful homes. Cheap and easy way to see new Orleans.

Thank Deisha M
Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best thing about the RTA are the cheap fares. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. The streetcars are very slow and there are long gaps of time between upcoming streetcars and buses That said, the drivers were very friendly and helpful.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Taking the St Charles Ave streetcar west into Garden district is a beautiful ride. Only $3 for an "all you can ride" 24-hr ticket... a great value !

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Richland, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife & I have visited NOLA several times in the past but now she uses a motorized scooter to get around. Streetcars were our favorite mode of transportation. I went online to buy mobile phone passes and asked if the Riverfront Streetcar had accommodations for her scooter. No reply so we never rode them. I'm very disappointed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Jump on board green street car 9 (corner of Carondelet & Canal) for 20 min ride to Washington Street in Garden district. 3$ for a 1 day pass, can be bout on board, or 1.25 $ per trip. Very nostalgic

Thank Lucy00001

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