Transportation in New Orleans can be an attraction in itself; you can ride in historic streetcars along a streetcar line that has been in operation for more than 150 years. Not only that but for a price, you can charter your own streetcar for your own private party and wow your friends or family.
Imagine a wedding day riding along the St. Charles Avenue past the antebellum mansions of the Garden District and ancient oak trees. Just think of how many tourists make it a point to ride the streetcar just for fun. If you were to have your own private streetcar, your out-of-town guests would be truly marveling at the experience.
You can celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any other joyous day with friends and family waving to the crowds you pass by. Kids especially love the streetcar. Or, if you have a group in town for a convention, a tour on a streetcar is a nice way to mix business with pleasure.
Although the St. Charles Avenue line might be a favorite line because of the Garden District's impressive architecture, the other lines have some redeeming qualities and points of interest along the way.
- Canal Station to Riverfront, then to Canal Cemeteries, and return to Canal Station
- 1 hour 30 minutes
Canal (City Park)
- Departs Canal Station to Riverfront, then to Beauregard Circle (City Park), and return to Canal Station
- 1 hour 30 minutes
- Departs Canal Station to Riverfront, and return to Canal Station
- 1 hour
St. Charles Avenue
- Departs Carrollton Station to St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, and return to Carrollton Station
- 1 hour 45 minutes
- Departs Canal Station to Elks Place, Union Passenger Terminal, Canal Street, Elysian Fields, and return to Canal Station
- 1 hour
Expect to pay at least $1,000 per trip, and that price can vary depending on the requested itinerary. Each time a streetcar leaves the station counts as an individual charter. For example, a charter to a destination with a pickup later in the day with a return trip to a second destination would be two charters.
You can choose your own pick-up and drop-off locations along the route. So, if you are booking a charter for a wedding, you may choose to have a streetcar pick up your guests at the hotel and take them to the church.
If you choose to charter the streetcar for a portion of the streetcar line and not the entire line, that can be done; however, the price remains the same. Also, the streetcar can only pick up and drop off at two points. There will be no stops or pickups or drop-offs along the way.
Each chartered trip must be completed in one single block of time, which means you cannot have a streetcar drop you off at a church, wait for your ceremony to end, then return back to the hotel. You would need to book a second charter for the return trip.
Number of Guests
The St. Charles streetcars can accommodate 52 seated or 75 standing. The Canal streetcars can accommodate 40 seated or 75 standing.
Food and Drinks
You can bring food on the streetcar charter, but alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Everything has to be in paper or plastic containers; no glass or metal is allowed. Finger food works best and an ice chest for drinks. You will need to bring paper plates, cups, napkins, and a plastic cake cutter if you plan on serving cake. No smoking is permitted on the streetcar.
You can decorate the streetcar for the party. The Regional Transit Authority allows you to get there one hour before the streetcar leaves for decorating. You must attach your decorations with string. No adhesive tapes or sprays are permitted. Technically all decorations are subject to approval by the Regional Transit Authority.
Filming and Photo Opportunities
You can use the streetcar for filming or photo opportunities. The cost is dependent on when, where, and how long. There is a formal process to request the streetcar for photos or video shoots.
Charter During Mardis Gras
In the past, the streetcars had not been available for private use during the Mardis Gras carnival season, but, that has changed. The Regional Transit Authority does allow chartering during Mardis Gras time, but it is at their discretion.