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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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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... read more

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank dmstorie
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank DQBinTexas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank Lyn W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were fortunate to have hotel accommodations within a few blocks of the streetcar line. A $3 day pass took us pretty much everywhere we needed to go in New Orleans. We entertained ourselves one freezing morning by taking a ride out to the end of the line through the Garden District and enjoying the stately homes. The streetcars were... More 

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Marne, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the best ways to see the city on a budget. For $3.00 you can ride all day. They come by very regularly so we never had to wait long. Make sure you have exact amount when you buy your ticket, they don't make change and don't take credit cards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was a nice cheap way to get around. 3 dollars a day to get around. It's got character. If your sea legs aren't so good try to get a seat real fast.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You step back in time on these. You can't beat the all day pass. They can be slow and crowded but its great way to see the sights. Drivers are so friendly.

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