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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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The street cars are very cool and practical. It is cheap and you can buy a 1-day pass. You can go easily to almost all touristic places with the help of those charming trans.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The street cars are very cool and practical. It is cheap and you can buy a 1-day pass. You can go easily to almost all touristic places with the help of those charming trans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old timers cannot spend a better forty cents. Ride the St, Charles line to the very end: what an enjoyable ride through the garden district and beyond. Ride the Riverfront line back and forth: casino and shopping back to the French Market and return. Just like the good old days!

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Thank Bryan G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kind and informative drivers, the streetcars are in great shape, a running piece of history. Get the unlimited passes for 1 or 3 or more days.

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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun, cheap way to get around if you have the time. A day pass was $3 for 24 hours and we were able to go to the Garden District, casino and down to end of line at outdoor market all on one pass.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent four days in the French Quarter and bought the 3 day pass. Best buy for this part of the city. Street cars run frequently, staff are very helpful, and it's an experience most don't have in a city were street cars no longer exist. If in the area definitely take a ride if only for a short trip!

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The streetcars were charming and comfortable with their well-polished wooden seats--just call them trolleys or cable cars! The folks in New Orleans are very particular about the terminology. The drivers were courteous and helped us navigate our way easily and inexpensively around those places in the city that were a bit too far to walk. The $3 pass for a... More 

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Flemingsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

FUN! I have to say I felt like a little kid! I was so excited with just the idea of getting to ride a streetcar. But also afraid I wouldn't have access due to need of a wheelchair. I was pleasantly surprised all were handicap friendly, some even had wheelchair lifts!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the trolley/streetcar from Canal Street down to the Garden District and back. Very easy to locate and manage the trip. Inexpensive, clean cars and nice to see the local architecture during the ride.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The streetcars are and affordable way to get around New Orleans. I traveled from the French quarter to the Garden district and back. I also up and down canal street using the streetcar. With the use of the street card and a little walking you can make it to most sight. The cost is $3 for a 24 day pass... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So reasonable - 3 dollars for a whole day. Just jump on and travel like a local. See parts you wouldn't normally go to. Takes you to the heart of the French Quarter

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