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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-248-3900
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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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Rode car to end and hopped off & took car back. saw beautiful homes/flowers & business's just sat back & took in all scenery Great ride fresh air & inexpensive Good for all ages

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Oviedo, Florida
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We used the streetcars to get around since we are not familiar with NOLA. They are not always timely but they are a nice way to get around and see the sights, get to know the city. It takes you to many of the popular locations in NOLA. If you are not in a hurry go ahead and experience the... More 

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Orange Beach, United States
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Rode car to end and hopped off & took car back. saw beautiful homes/flowers & business's just sat back & took in all scenery Great ride fresh air & inexpensive Good for all ages

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Streetcars should be on all visitors agenda to ride... And you might just be outnumbered by the locals. Great and reasonably priced public transport. Having exact change helps a lot as change isn't given (coupon for fure rides is given as change).

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We loved using the streetcars to get around New Orleans. System is easy to travel and the conductors are very eager to assist. Fares are affordable. We used the RTA app to purchase a $3 pass good for 24 hours. The cars are clean and comfortable and offer a nice, breezy ride for HOT New Orleans days.

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Belleville, New Jersey, Usa
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It was nice to go sightseeing in a streetcar. You get to see beautiful houses, cemeteries and restaurants.

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Great way to get around new orleans. Great to explore the complete line.Very economical. $3 all day ticket on each line but you must have exact change. Drivers were mainly very friendly and helpful but sometimes you get one thats obviously having a bad day.

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Davenport, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great way to get around. Make sure of your destination as there are different routes. As pensioners they are very cheap to travel on at 60 cents a ride. Took us to all the places we needed. They are frequent and we never found them over crowded. Well worth using once you have parked up for the day Keith... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're into public transport, you'll take a ride while you're in New Orleans. Just be sure to have the exact fare.

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Thank WhoGoesWhereever
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We just loved the streetcars. It was truly affordable and so convenient. We rode to the end of St. Charles Street and the houses were amazing. The Canal Street car took you to the heart of the French Quarter. You do not need a cab to see the Quarter, buy a day pass, sit back and relax. Some of the... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Easy travel, right next to the water and the french market,goes all the way to the big mall and aquarium. The driver's were all really nice,and it's kind of a fun way to talk to other visitors

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