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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 them, some drivers are more entertaining than others Fair is lower than cabs and more scenic than a cab

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Mamou
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love them, some drivers are more entertaining than others Fair is lower than cabs and more scenic than a cab

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Thank Gwen L
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Inexpensive way to see New Orleans..$1.25 one way or $3 all day. Trains are consistently on time. Operators are friendly and the trains are pretty quick.

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Thank Christina H
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was fun riding up and down the streets in NOLA!! Saw alot of things I would not have seen just walking around.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hop on board and see a lot of the city for just $3! $3 gets you a day pass and you can ride all of the lines. We rode them all just to get places but also just to see the city. The St Charles line was our favorite; it runs through the Garden District out to Carrollton. This line... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I suggest you make it a point to ride this trolley cars from one end of the line to the other. A wonderful and old-fashioned way to sample historic parts of New Orleans

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Duffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved it! There is this 'je ne sais quoi' feeling when travelling by streetcar in NOLA. The old one going to garden district is definitively a must do! Do not expect speed though. We had a pedestrian overtaking us many times 😀.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've never been in a street car. Figuring out the routes and stops was fairly easy. Paid 3$ for a day pass. Be warned that they will start moving while you are still standing and you better hang on!! Enjoyed seeing more of New Orleans than just the French quarter.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St Charles street car is an experience, try it you will love it. Every time I am in NOLA, I will ride the street car a few times: 1. it is convenient to get around 2. it is just fun to ride and look out on the St Charles, these big mentions, the park, the university, and all 3. it... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

These cars are pretty cheap to ride and it beats walking however during large festivals they get really crowed so be aware of your surroundings. I have not had any incidents but the potential is there

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every time I go to New Orleans I come in contact, one way or another, with the St. Charles Avenue streetcars. They, like the cable cars of San Francisco, are part of the history of the city. They run along the center of St. Charles Avenue all the way out to South Carrollton. My favorite part of the route has... More 

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