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 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). 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 which you can buy online or at one our retail partners.
St. Charles Streetcar
New Orleans residents and visitors alike particularly love the St. Charles line, which travels from the edge of the French Quarter all the way down beautiful St. Charles Avenue. The views of historic architecture beneath the shade of massive, ancient live oaks convey so much of New Orleans’ charm and character. The line also passes by celebrated restaurants, shops, and hotels; some destinations of note include the Garden District, Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo, and Tulane and Loyola Universities.
The original line dates back to 1835, and due to its status as National Register of Historic Places, by federal law the current "Perley Thomas" streetcars in use must be preserved in time as they existed in 1923. In so many ways, a ride on the St. Charles streetcar is a ride through history.
Towards the end of the line, St. Charles Avenue ends, and the streetcar turns onto South Carrollton Avenue, past more restaurants and boutiques and near the unique neighborhood shopping districts of Maple Street and Oak Street. At the end of the line, at Claiborne Avenue, is a small park called Palmer Park and a transfer point to bus lines.
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.
St. Charles Streetcar
Canal St. Streetcar
Travelers on the Canal St. line pass through attractive and charming areas as well as the thriving New Orleans Central Business District. The Canal St. line is almost as old as the St. Charles line, but it was shut down in 1964. The RTA reopened it in 2004. 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.
The Canal St. line travels to an area called Mid-City, home to many lovely neighborhoods, famous restaurants, and shops. At the intersection of Canal St. and Carrollton Ave., the line splits off into two branches.
The branch that travels straight up Canal St. ends at an area of historic 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 branch 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.
Using newer streetcar cars like the Canal St. line, the Riverfront line offers riders a unique view of the city. As they travel on the Riverfront line, they are nestled between banks of the Mississippi River and numerous entertainment and retail venues.
The French Quarter is on every local and tourists favorite spots in New Orleans and streetcar travel allows it's many visitors to enjoy all that this famous area of the city has to offer. 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. Hours of operation are from around 7 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m. Click here for detailed times.