Take the Streetcar to the Garden District
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.
From the French Quarter, you can access the stop by crossing Canal Street at Bourbon. The street names change on either side of Canal 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.
Image below is from Canal Street looking southwest along Carondelet
In order to reach your destination, 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 1820’s. If you have time, you might consider stopping at the National World War 2 Museum. You will then pass around Lee’s Circle, The General of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Stick your head out the car, can you see him up there? 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. If riding the St. Charles line to its termination point (Carrolton Ave. and South Claiborne Ave.) is on your to-do list, be forewarned that currently, the RTA is improving the track system, forcing passengers to exit and ride a bus down the remainder of the line at Napoleon Ave.
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 costs $1.25 to ride (have exact change), children under 2 are free and adults 65+ with I.D. is 40 cents. 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. All other Jazzy passes have to be purchased from a vendor and most Walgreen’s locations carry these Passes. Jazzy Pass purchase locations.