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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504-248-3900
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Love the streetcars!

What a great deal...$3.00 for 24 hours! Rode the Riverfront line, the Canal Street to the Cemeteries (air conditioned) and my favorite, the St Charles line. Great way to rest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great deal...$3.00 for 24 hours! Rode the Riverfront line, the Canal Street to the Cemeteries (air conditioned) and my favorite, the St Charles line. Great way to rest and watch NOLA go by...along with all the wonderful humanity that is New Orleans. Will spend another day on the streetcars before we leave town.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ride with the Street Cars is a quite an adventure. A day ticket costs $3 and you can hop on and off at any point you like. There are both modern streetcars (with AC) and with fresh air cooling. Definitely keep some change in your pocket as the driver is not allowed to give you change for your ticket.... More 

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Bethel Park PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Only Tourist seem to ride, but enjoyable on a hot day, better than walking. Took the Trolley car to the Garden District away from all the hectic city noise. Very nice

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Arcadia, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We downloaded the RTA app and bought a 3-day jazzy pass for $9 which gave us unlimited access to the streetcars (and I think the busses too, though we never used a bus.) It was a great way to get around to the different areas - like we took it from near Cafe duMonde back up to Canal, saving us... More 

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Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are planning to stay more than one day in NOLA. Get a Jazzy Pass they have it available for one day for 3 USD , three for 9 or five days for 15 , and it is the best way to comute in the city. You can check in ther site for your nearest place to get it.... More 

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Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Streetcars are a great way to see the city overall. And the fares are a great value: $3.00 for an all day trip. Of course, they are loud. And many are older. But still, a good way to see NOLA.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Riding the street cars can be challenging. Some cars get packed and will just sail on by you. Relax, enjoy the laid back atmosphere of New Orleans, another one will be along in a while. Be patient, be prepared to walk, and don't count on meeting a tight schedule. You will get there when you get there, and it's cheaper... More 

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Blainville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We used the street cars to get to the Garden District and the Audubon Zoo. They pass frequently (every 10 mins)and are cheap (1.25$).

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Downtown New Orleans is an easy and fun walking town. The street cars make it that much more fun and convenient. They cover a huge part of the popular sites or are an easy walk from them. The conductors are also a great help with directions. I highly recommend using them and the kids loved them.

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Charles street line for a short time. Very crowded but enjoyed the old school feel of the ride. Less crowded after school time and rush hour. $1.25 with machine that takes bills. Go for a ride if you have never been on one.

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