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RTA - Streetcars

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Address: Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-248-3900
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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Rented a house uptown. Took the steetcar to the Quarter. Only paid 1.25. Need exact change, if not you get a change card. If you are a senior tell them and pay a reduced fare... read more

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Vancouver, Washington
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309 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Rented a house uptown. Took the steetcar to the Quarter. Only paid 1.25. Need exact change, if not you get a change card. If you are a senior tell them and pay a reduced fare. I believe it was less than fifty cents. There is no air-conditioning but it is all good. I enjoyed the ride and the convenience.

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Carbondale, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cheap and charming and a reliable way to get around New Orleans. We stayed at an a Airbnb in mid city, parked the car and for $3 got a 24 hour pass to get around the French Quarter and Garden District and back to mid city..

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Thank 1018Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Neat way to explore the city and take a break from walking and not spend a ton of money. Really enjoyed our ride.

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't have a car in New Orleans. We stayed on Royal. We went online to the RTA and bought a 3 day jazzy pass. Tourists and locals use it. We went to all of the districts. You can get on and off. If we weren't walking we were riding the streetcars! The green ones aren't heated! It was a... More 

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Hewitt, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best $9.00 I spent - three day pass for all the street cars and buses. Was able to get all over the city and see many sites we might not have without the street cars like the Katrina Memorial and the Garden District!

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Didn't quite understand where we could take the car and for how much, and didn't know we had to pull the stop rope (never done this before) so we ended up taking it to the end of the line and had to walk back 2 stops to our stop or pay full price again. It was cute and fun, just... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you come to New Orleans you must ride the streetcar. It isn't exactly the fastest way from a to b but this ain't no Sesame Street ok? Nothing quite compares riding past neighborhoods and getting a feel for the people and places along the way. Get the day pass if you plan on riding more than 4 times in... More 

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For $3 a day per person, you can travel as much as you want for 24 hours. With the parking costs, this is the best way to get around the city. There are three major routes that we took, one along the Riverfront (Mississippi River),Canal Street and St Charles. Canal Street one ends at the Cemeteries. St Charles will take... More 

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Took the streetcar round-trip on St. Charles St. Nice view of the incredible old homes n architecture of old New Orleans, n Tulane. A nice way to enjoy the sights on an old landmark conveyance.

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Pacifica, California
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As a person said to another looking for directions to get to an appointment, do not depend on the street cars if you are in a rush. The street cars run 24 hours and you can purchase a day or multi-day pass if you will be in town for more than a day. My 3 day "Jazz Pass" was $9... More 

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