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Getting around New Orleans using Streetcars

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If you’re visiting New Orleans we highly recommend NOT getting a rental car because parking is expensive and this is a city that can easily be seen on foot, with some use of public transportation. Besides, if you’re like us and want to enjoy cocktails during your stay, you won’t want to drive.

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Here’s our guide to help you get around the city with public transportation, specifically by streetcar; they’ll get you to most of the places worth seeing in the city, and where they can’t, the buses can.

The majority of the French Quarter is accessible on foot, which allows you to explore the city at your pace and in detail. If you’re all walked out, you can use the Riverfront Streetcar Line (red) which runs from the French Market along the Mississippi River to the Riverwalk. Some of the stops along the way include:

Streetcar Stop at Dumaine New Orleans

Dumaine (Dutch Alley)

Streetcar Stop at Toulouse New Orleans

Toulouse (Jax Brewery; Riverboat Natchez)

Canal Street Stop New Orleans

Canal Street (Aquarium of the Americas; with connections to Streetcar Lines: City Park, Cemeteries, UPT via 30-second walk, and St Charles via 10-minute walk)

Poydras (Drago’s Seafood Restaurant and the Riverwalk)

Julia (Riverwalk and Cruise Ship Terminal)

Red Streetcar New Orleans If venturing outside of the French Quarter, there are multiple streetcar options.

Streetcar at Harrahs Casino New Orleans

There are two separate lines (originating at Harrah’s Casino) that cover segments of Canal Street taking you to two separate terminating stations. The end stops for these lines are:

Streetcar to City Park New Orleans

City Park Line (red) gets you to City Park, NOMA and Sculpture Garden

Cemetery Line RTA New Orleans

Cemetery Line (red) gets you to the cemeteries (a cluster of cemeteries including St Patrick’s #1, Greenwood, and Metairie)

UPT Streetcar Stop New OrleansThe UPT Line (red) gets you from Union Pacific Terminal (Amtrak and Greyhound station),

Elysian Fields RTA New Orleans

to Elysian Fields,

Tulane Street Car Station New Orleans

stopping at Tulane Avenue (a major city and parish bus hub) along the way.

St Charles Avenue Streetcar New Orleans

And finally, the Saint Charles Avenue Line with point of origin: Canal at Carondelet

S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne RTA New Orleans

and end stop: S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne. The streetcars on this line are the original and iconic green streetcars and are not air-conditioned (other lines are the red streetcars). Stops on the St. Charles Avenue line include:

Saint Charles Avenue Line New Orleans

CBD (various stops in the Central Business District)

Lee Circle (WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art)

Garden District (various stops in the Lower Garden District and Garden District)

Washington Street (Commander’s Palace, Lafayette Cemetery)

Jefferson Avenue (Freret Street/Freret Arts & Entertainment District)

Tulane University/Audubon Park and Zoo (Audubon Zoo)

Note: when riding any of the streetcars, it is wise to not be in a hurry or on a tight schedule; the entire system is slow and does not always work as well as the European rail systems. However, it does get the job done and allows you to enjoy your cocktails throughout the day.

Streetcar Ticket Machine New Orleans

Tickets and passes for the streetcars can be purchased onboard from the automatic ticket machine, which accepts bills and coins. Machines do not give change; you will receive a printed voucher for the difference.

Ticket options include:

1-day (24-hour) Jazzy Pass = $3.00

Single journey pass = $1.25 + transfer ($0.25)

To reach places not accessible on the streetcar lines, you may need to take the bus. Your Jazzy Pass/single journey pass ($0.25 transfer required) is valid on all RTA busses;

Bus 11 Magazine Street New Orleans Bus Stop L on Canal Street New Orleans

Bus #11 (board at Canal Street bus stop L; approximately 4/hour) takes you to Camp at St. Joseph (WWII Museum and Ogden Museum of Southern Art), various stops (~20) along Magazine Street, and terminates at Audubon Zoo.

Bus 15 New Orleans Bus 15 Bus Stop New Orleans

Bus #15 takes you to Freret Street

Bus 202 Airport Express New Orleans RTA Bus Stop Sign at Elk Place New Orleans

Bus #202 (Airport Express) takes you from Tulane Avenue to Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). The streetcar Jazzy Pass and single journey tickets (with transfer) are valid on this bus.

Note: There are only 9 trips/day on this line and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Board at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Elk Place.

Jet E2 Airport bus MSY

Jet E2 Airport bus offers 25 trips per day (from 6:15 a.m. – 6:52 p.m. weekdays) from Tulane Avenue/Loyola Avenue to Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and limited service on weekends (Saturdays: 19 trips from 7:09 am – 9:45 pm; Sundays: 9 trips from 8:16 am – 9:49 pm).

The Jet E2 departs from Tulane Avenue/Carrollton Avenue (next to Public Library) and ends at MSY.

Please Note: The E-2 Airport route travels to the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Loyola Avenue (The New Orleans CBD) until 6:52 pm on weekdays.

On weekends the E-2 Airport route only travels to the parish line at the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City New Orleans. From this intersection riders must take a seperate RTA bus further into New Orleans on weekends.

Travel tip:

You can also get around easy on bikes. Here are our recommendations for bike rentals.

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