This post is about taking the St. Charles Streetcar from the French Quarter to the Garden District, including where to board, fares, and passes as well as a guide to riding New Orleans Streetcars.
- Where to Board
- Stops Along the Way
- Fares + Passes
- Guide to the Garden District
- Things to Do in NOLA
- Free Tours by Foot
From the French Quarter, you can access the stop by crossing Canal Street at Bourbon. The street names change on either side of Canal St., and Bourbon St. becomes Carondolet (pronounced car-ron-doe-let).
The stop is located on the right side of the Foot Locker store and is detectable by an elongated yellow car stop sign.
Click here for directions to the streetcar stop.
You could also use this Google 360 street view to familiarize yourself with the streetcar stop.
The image below is from Canal Street looking southwest along Carondelet
Before we tell you what to expect, we want you to be aware of our free, GPS-enabled audio tour of the St. Charles Streetcar that you could take with you. Here's a sample.
Click here to get the audio tour.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy some of New Orleans' finest architecture.
While on your journey to the outskirts of town you will pass through the first of the “American Neighborhoods”.
Known today as the Central Business District, it was the first neighborhood for the American prospectors arriving in town shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Many of the properties in this area date back to the 1820s.
If you have time, you might consider stopping at the National World War 2 Museum.
And if you are considering a tourist attraction discount pass, then know that this museum is included in all of them.
After approximately 2.5 miles, exit at the Washington Avenue stop.
Your streetcar conductor will be calling out every stop, so you won’t have to worry about passing it by.
Walk down Washington Avenue (to the left upon exiting the streetcar) and walk one block.
You will meet your Garden District guide in front of the Rink, a large yellow building to your left.
This part continues until around Tulane and Loyola Universities and Audubon Park and Zoo and is one of the most visually stunning parts of the line.
New Orleans buses and streetcars are operated by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Their website offers comprehensive information on their routes, schedules, and fares.
For children over 2 and adults, both the bus and streetcar cost $1.25 to ride, children under 2 are free and adults 65+ with I.D. is 40 cents.
It is important to know that exact change is required when purchasing one-way and single-day passes from your streetcar driver.
Drivers do not issue change. Any change due will be printed on a ticket card, which you can use for your next streetcar ride.
The RTA offers unlimited ride passes (Jazzy passes) for added convenience and savings. Their one-day pass can be purchased directly from the driver or conductor for $3.00.
3-day ($9), 5-day ($15), and 31-day ($55) passes must be purchased online or at a Jazzy Pass Ticket Vending Machine.
All other Jazzy passes have to be purchased from a vendor and most Walgreen’s locations carry these Passes. Jazzy Pass purchase locations.