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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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RTA Streetcars

Cheap, cheerful and very handy to get about. Very photographic as well. Run regularly everyday. Would recommend everyone to see and use them.

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5 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Cheap, cheerful and very handy to get about. Very photographic as well. Run regularly everyday. Would recommend everyone to see and use them.

Thank Vince G
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is by far the best value in this city of high priced everything. It is only $3 for a 1 day pass and it gets you all over town. Easy to use, Runs every 10 minutes or so during the day and is reliable.

Thank nancy4833
Troy, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved the experience of riding on a piece of history, however it was kind of nerve wrecking to watch the way people were treated as they were picked, if your elderly I would say skip this, the driver packs people in and takes off when people are not holding on, no matter their age. Treated more like cattle.

Thank Cindy H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy way to get round can do a single return or day tickets. Some drivers more polite than others but overall good experience

Thank Claire W
Highland, Indiana
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

These streetcars go everywhere. Tip- don't call them trolleys lol. For only three dollars you get a day pass, you can't beat it.

Thank Lori M
La Mesa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For $3 you can get an 24 hour pass but you need to have exact change as the drivers don't make change or take credit cards. Can take you from Bourbon street to the Garden District.

Thank keclem
Chico, California
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't skip a ride on the streetcars, inexpensive and easy to use! Minimal wait time, multiple stops makes it easy to hop on and off while sightseeing or just enjoy a leisurely cruise around New Orleans!

Thank Ashley A
Fishers, Indiana
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

WOW - for $3 you can ride all day. The trolleys run every 20min or so and I was told they run all day/night. Our hotel was a couple blocks away from the French Quarter so we hopped on and accidentally rode another trolley to the Garden District. This was a refreshing surprise because the houses were beautiful. Well worth... More 

Thank Michele P
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been to NOLA multiple times but never ridden a streetcar. It's a "must do" event. Enjoy it, make the time and enjoy the sights.

Thank bdewitz
Manassas, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

woodend seats, open windows, massive oak trees, and massive mansions. Its a trip to remember away from the maddening crowds. A trip to the end of the St. Charles line is a bit lengthy (40 min) but one can hop off at any street and board a trolly on the opposite track heading back into the malestrom.

Thank David S

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