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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. When riders board these historic vehicles, they are boarding a piece of movable New Orleans history.

The RTA operates four streetcar lines: the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line (covering the Cemeteries and City Park), the Riverfront line, and the Rampart line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD). For a map, click here.

A standard one-way fare on a streetcar costs only $1.25. Please have the exact amount ready, as fare boxes do not give change. You can also use a Jazzy Pass or at one our retail partners.

St. Charles Streetcar

St. Charles Streetcar

New Orleans residents and visitors alike love the St. Charles line which travels from the edge of the French Quarter all the way down beautiful St. Charles Avenue, then onto tree-lined South Carrollton Avenue.

The views of historic architecture beneath the shade of massive, ancient live oaks convey so much New Orleans charm and character. The line also passes by celebrated restaurants, shops, and hotels. For a full list, click here

The original line dates back to 1835. Each green and crimson "Perley Thomas" streetcars, first appearing on the line in 1923, is a National Historic Landmark. In so many ways, a ride on the St. Charles streetcar is a ride through history.

A one-way ride from end to end of the St. Charles line takes about 40 minutes. The line is open around the clock with less frequent service in the evening and early-morning hours. Click here for detailed times.
 

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Canal Streetcar

Canal Streetcar


Travelers on the Canal Street line pass through the Central Business District, Mid-City, Bayou St. John, ending at historical cemeteries or City Park. 

The Canal Street line was reopened it in 2004 after having been replaced by a bus route in 1964. Its bright red cars are modeled on the historic Perley Thomas streetcars, but the newer vehicles feature modern amenities such as air conditioning and wheelchair access.

Streetcars branch at North Carrollton Avenue. One line ends at an area of historical cemeteries that feature rows and rows of granite tombs and impressive statues. Also at the end of the line is a transfer point to two Jefferson Parish bus lines and several RTA bus lines.

Streetcars traveling along this branch display Cemeteries on exterior signs.

The other line turns onto North Carrollton Avenue to finish at one corner of City Park. New Orleans’ largest public park, City Park is filled with placid waterways and incredible live oaks that are more than 200 years old. Within walking distance from the end of the line, you’ll find many of the park’s top attractions such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, a free sculpture garden, botanical gardens, a small amusement park, and a playground called Storyland. In addition to City Park, other attractions in the area include more historic cemeteries, the Fair Grounds Race Course, the Pitot House, and the Bayou St. John.

Streetcars traveling along this branch display City Park/Museum on exterior signs.

A one-way ride from end to end along either branch of the Canal St. line takes about a half-hour. The Cemeteries branch runs from around 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. The City Park/Museum branch runs from around 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. There is less frequent service in the evening and early morning hours. Click here for detailed times.

Riverfront Streetcar

Riverfront Streetcar

Using newer streetcar cars like the Canal Street line, the Riverfront line offers riders a unique view of the city between banks of the Mississippi River and numerous entertainment and retail venues.

The Riverfront line runs along one edge of the French Quarter and offers a convenient way to explore its different facets. At one end of the line is the French Market which is the oldest public market in the country.

The line passes by Woldenberg Park, the Aquarium of the Americas, the luxury mall Canal Place, Harrah’s Casino, and the shopping mall Riverwalk Marketplace. At the other end of the line is the Ernest Morial Convention Center in the CBD.

A one-way ride from end to end of the Riverfront line takes a little less than 15 minutes. Click here for detailed times.

Rampart Streetcar

Rampart Streetcar

The newest addition to the New Orleans streetcars, Rampart takes riders from the Union Passenger Terminal on Loyola Ave, through the heart of the Central Business District, to Elysian Fields Ave. Passing the modern skyscrapers of downtown and the old Creole architecture of the French Quarter, the Rampart line opened in 2016.

Passengers can visit Louis Armstrong Park or the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, or go to the end of the line to the historical Faubourg Marigny. 

A one-way ride from end to end of the Rampart line takes about half an hour. Click here for detailed times.

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