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RTA - Streetcars

Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
+1 504-248-3900
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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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Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Central Business District
+1 504-248-3900
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Reviewed yesterday

A great and cheap way to get around NOLA. The fees are $1.25 or $1.50 with a transfer. $3 for a 24 hour pass. You pay on the streetcar with exact change. Make sure your cash is crisp or the machine won't take it. Quarters...More

Thank chibearbob
Reviewed yesterday

This streetcar runs frequently, at least during the times we took it. The drivers were friendly and helpful. Some cars had air-conditioning and some did not, but the windows open. Great prices for people over 60. Transfers are available. More charm than a bus or...More

Thank elanor3560
Reviewed 2 days ago

A fun easy cheap way to get around the city. The maps are easy to read and they even have an App for your phone!

Thank tracy6964
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in the French Quarter during our visit to New Orleans, and found that our plan to walk and take streetcars to see everything we wanted to experience worked very well. We took the Canal Street line to City Park and spent a morning...More

Thank Paula F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved being able to jump on the very reasonable street cars to get from one place to another. The only thing you need to know is "In five minutes" means 40 minutes for a street car arrival.

Thank Restaurantsaavy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You gotta ride the street cars! It's a sin to go to New Orleans and not take at least one ride on a streetcar. The RTA actually has a great app that's easy to use and packed with useful information about the streetcar schedules, layout...More

Thank CAB121810
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We rode the streetcar not really known where exactly they were taking us. We enjoyed the ride and found out that we got the right streetcar to go to the Riverwalk and ferry.

Thank Malinda M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Drivers are so respectful. Pay only $3 for a whole day's fare. Some streetcars are already packed and still invite passengers. Just expect a long wait in between rides.

Thank Ocmdlove
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

New Orleans should appreciate it's visits. I understand that it's been a long road to recovery, but tourism is key. Simple directions and instructions for using the trolley would be helpful. Maybe the locals want to keep the tourists off their main commute to work,...More

Thank tim o
Reviewed 3 days ago

I rode the St. Charles streetcar. It was a great ride. I was able to more of the city than I could see on my own. I really enjoyed seeing the mansions. Well worth the money.

Thank stanbren44
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other
parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title
might suggest that this area is all about business and
little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you
away from the Central Business District. The CBD
offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be
touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the
world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts
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Helen M
1 July 2017|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
we parked at our hotel and never used our car. just rode the RTA lines.
7 May 2017|
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Response from Jesse H | Reviewed this property |
You purchase the day pass from the driver of the trolley. It was $3 per person for the day.
16 April 2017|
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Response from Jackie L | Reviewed this property |
Definitely download the RTA app. We did and it makes it so much easier. The Canal St line is right outside your door. That will take you to City Park...we rode up and back just to see the sites. The St Charles line is... More