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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“exact change” (553 reviews)
“jazzy pass” (433 reviews)
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Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Central Business District
+1 504-248-3900
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Reviewed yesterday

I am a wedding coordinator for a church on St. Charles Avenue. One of the alluring things about us is not only the beauty of the church but the surrounding environment. On occasion, brides have chartered streetcars to take them from the church to the...More

Thank Lizzardmom
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best way to travel other than walking. 3.00 all day pass is a great value. You can go all the way down St. Charles and view million dollar homes or take the red train to the outlet mall.

Thank dw081977
Reviewed 2 days ago

the driver was super nice, train with windows down felt very NOLA..a great and inexpensive way to see the city.

Thank Writerwife
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The streetcar was a great way to see the city. I rode to the end of the line and back. The driver pointed out a few attractions along the way as well.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent our trips on the Riverfront line. The cars are on schedule. The driver is polite and helpful. The cars are clean. Much better option for getting around than trying to drive and park.

Thank Deletha H
Reviewed 2 days ago

$3/24-hr. day or $1.25/trip (these tickets can be used for any RTA transportation including the bus). There are several lines that get you around New Orleans. The Canal St. and St. Charles lines had many streetcars running where it was easy to get from one...More

Thank LovelandS
Reviewed 3 days ago

My 16 yr old granddaughter and I took the St.Charles street car from Canal street to the zoo and back. This street has numerous huge oak trees and fancy homes. The homes look to be 1930ish with large stone columns and vines. Rockers on the...More

Thank jamfau
Reviewed 3 days ago

We rode the trolleys for 4 days and they were great, Make sure your money is ready to deposit as you board - the trolley pulls away fast! It is a great way to get around and see the city!!

Thank fourdeps
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Downloaded RTA app for jazzy pass tickets to rise street cars. Easy to do this and use on smartphone rather than having exact change for fare. Can choose 1 to many choices of pass types. Drivers are helpful for stop info.

Thank bladrustep
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had several really nice operators and one chic that needed an adjustment badly. Most trolleys are NOT air conditioned. It's really muggy in NOLA air would be nice and is expected in this climate

Thank ScreenNameReally
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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How do you get a day pass from RTA?
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.
Hello, My wife and I are visiting New Orleans from June 4th to June 9th and would like some information on the street cars. We are staying at Harrah's Casino during that time and would like to know what lines go through the casino area. We will pay for the full day pass but what lines would be the best to ride for seight seeing. Thank you
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
1. Is there a 'HUB" where all streetcars meet? So I can change from the St. Charles streetcar to the Canal / Riverfront (etc.) streetcars? Or are they all different locations? 2. Do they go up the route one way then back the same route the other way? 3. Also - can you "jump off" the streetcars at your stop or must you ride it to the end? I am sooo excited ... be there in a couple of weeks.
15 March 2017|
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Response from Ldraffoul | Reviewed this property |
If you go to norta . Com and click on the schedules and maps it will give you all the information you will need to plan ahead. Sorry but I can't post the link. There is also an app that you can use. 1 There is not really... More