Riding the New Orleans Rails: City Streetcars

New Orleans’ streetcars are some of the most iconic sights you’ll see in our city – for more than 60 years, these unique means of transportation have been a staple in our city. Gliding beneath live oaks, past gorgeous mansions, and to some of our city’s most popular destinations, they offer a relaxing means of transportation. Not only are they a regular part of our city’s scenery, but the streetcars are a great way for visitors to travel throughout the city without worrying about traffic, parking, or not being able to take in all the sights along the way. We love to ride the streetcar down to the French Quarter, to the riverfront, up to City Park, and even to eastern parts of the city to see the gorgeous homes along St. Charles Avenue… and even out to Audubon Park.

The streetcar “hub” is on Canal Street near Magazine Street, and it is easy to switch streetcar lines from this area. From here, the streetcars branch out into their four respective lines:

  • Canal Streetcar which travels the entire length of Canal Street, from near the Mississippi River to the Cemeteries, and to City Park/Museum,
  • Riverfront Streetcar, which travels along the river from the northeast end of the French Quarter down to the Convention center at Julia Street (this line passes through the outlet mall area),
  • Charles Streetcar which runs from Canal Street all the way to the River at S. Carrollton Avenue, where it makes the right-hand turn to travel along S. Carrollton to route 90, and
  • Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar which travels along Loyola Avenue and North Rampart Street along the west side of the French Quarter.

Streetcar fares are just $1.25 one-way… or even better, invest in a $3.00 day pass to roam the city for a day, or grab a $9.00 3-day pass for your weekend visit, or mid-week escape: you can hop on and off any streetcar as many times as you like with one of these passes!

Full maps and schedules are available online at the New Orleans Transit Authority website. It’s easy to catch a ride on a streetcar: just go to any of the streetcar stop locations, found between the line’s tracks, usually at a street crossing. In fact, there’s one just outside our front door! From there, it’s just a short wait for the next streetcar to arrive.

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