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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: +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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Such a cheap way to get around. Buy the day ticket for super value. I just rode the lines then jumped off whenI saw interesting things.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a cheap way to get around. Buy the day ticket for super value. I just rode the lines then jumped off whenI saw interesting things.

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In my opinion the trolley car drivers should be the Ambassadors of good will for the city of New Orleans. They should be smiling and courteous to the guests who board their trolley. Very few exhibit this quality. The RTA should invest in some guest relations training for their staff. We love visiting this city. As everything in life, not... More 

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I surmised that this must be a tourist thing, and it is cool to do if you have never ridden the streetcar before. However, it moves very slow, and the trains were never on time. They also stopped at every stop and held for maybe 10 minutes. Most of the places you need to go you can walk there faster.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love the streetcars -- my train-loving kids were in heaven. Cheap to ride ($3 for a 24 hour pass), easy to get around the city. Routes/map are easy to understand. Not necessarily the quickest way to get around, but still excellent.

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Stuart, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really fun ride to the garden district and cemetery. The ride can get a little sketchy as the day gets later and you ride the canal street car to the museum and back.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great value at $3 for a one day pass. We typically ride them from the Hilton Riverside to the French Market and up and down Canal. They are always clean and the drivers are friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only a buck twenty-five to ride and see the best homes in the city from the Garden District through Uptown all the way over to Carrollton. Can get a transfer to ride a other connecting lines.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nice throwback mode of transportation that is in daily use. It's worth a ride just to see the city and experience travel of a bygone era.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Streetcars are the way to see New Orleans. You can travel all over and get on and off at so many sites. A 24 hour pass is just 3.00 and you won't stress the parking.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very romantic. Just go. Not much to do, have lunch, look at geourgous homes but the together time in such a beautiful place is priceless!

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