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RTA - Streetcars

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Central Business District
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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number:
+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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Great way to get to ww2 museum

Jumped on at canal and took it down to ww2 museum and was very easy but coming back was not as easy because of location you have to catch it at but would still recommend.

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Cypress, Texas
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Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Jumped on at canal and took it down to ww2 museum and was very easy but coming back was not as easy because of location you have to catch it at but would still recommend.

Thank MrsPattiP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

do not hesitate to board the streetcars. The drivers are pleasant and will let you know the best buys in tickets. It is a great way to see the city and it is fun and quirky.

Thank marieange l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was one of our favorite things on our visit. SO easy to get around. We rented a car and didn't need it. $3 for a day pass, hop on and off. When we got tired, just road this from end to end to see the sights and neighborhoods. Great transit system in NO. Do t waste $ on a... More 

Thank Tina S
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The streetcars are a great idea to get around along the periphery of the French Quarter. Cheap and easy to use, especially when you start to get tired but not ready to call it a day.

Thank Cynthia M
Sierra Vista Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fun and easy way to get around. We rode it for a round trip through the garden area. You can easily get on and off at the many stops. If you don't have a day pass you will need exact change ($1.25) as the driver doesn't provide change.

Thank Rich050
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We bought a 1 day Jazzy Pass to use the street car to explore City Park. It was a scenic and efficient ride to the end of the Art Museum line. The same day, we also used the Streetcar to go from the Hilton Riverside to the French Market.

Thank dctravel
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every night I fell asleep to the rumbling of the streetcar. It was also my way of getting to school for years. I moved away and then visited and couldn't wait to feel the same old seats, hear the comforting noice of the cars barreling down the avenue. Never forget to look out for them when turning across the neutral... More 

Thank RomaMelissa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an easy and fun way to see parts of New Orleans, and get to many restaurants and places to see. Some of the stops have kiosks where you may purchase tickets, which are also available from the streetcar operators. One-way tickets are $1.50 each, and an all-day pass is $3.00 each (allows for getting on and off, any... More 

Thank sleep4me
Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The streetcars are a great, inexpensive way to see the city. I was able to get all the way from the aquarium, up to City Park, and across the city on St Charles St from the French Quarter to the Garden District. All for $1.25 each way, or I could have bought a day pass for $3. Add to this,... More 

Thank Pat S
Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

streetcars were spacious and for $3, you could ride unlimited within a 24 hour period of time. Got us where we wanted to sightsee and back!

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