One of the little conveniences of staying at the Royal St. Charles Hotel is the fact that the St. Charles Line streetcar stops right in front of the hotel. Guests can hop on and see the city in the same way that guests and residents have since 1835.
The streetcar takes passengers through the Central Business District, along St. Charles Avenue, past Loyola and Tulane Universities, the Audubon Zoological Gardens, and several wonderful spots for shopping and dining. Fares are very reasonable, and guests can even purchase 1, 3, and 5-day unlimited ride passes for $20 or less.
Streetcars have been a part of New Orleans for close to 200 years now. The photo to the right was taken in 1921, and though it was taken on Esplanade Avenue, the streetcar was identical to the ones running on St. Charles.
Today’s streetcars run 24 hours a day, though the service is more intermittent in the evening and early-morning hours. You can connect to other forms of transportation around town to get wherever you need, but streetcars are a destination unto themselves. Take the opportunity to experience a piece of New Orleans history.
The NORTA (transit authority) is currently doing some preventative maintenance to the line, but we’re expecting it to be back up and running any day now!