Trolley Information

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GALVESTON ROLLS OUT NOSTALGIC TROLLEY BUSES

With restorations to the rail trolley cars underway, Galveston welcomes trolley buses to the island.

A missing piece of Galveston's charm returned to Galveston in June. While our historic rail trolleys undergo million dollar restorations on each car, four rubber wheel trolleys service the trolley routes and providing island visitors access from the east end of the island to the west, with numerous stops in between. The trolley buses service a downtown route that has seven stops through Galveston’s historic downtown, and a seawall route that makes frequent stops from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens. 
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THE DETAILS

  • Fee: $1 for adults. Minors accompanied by adults ride free. Exact change is required to ride, bus drivers do not have the ability to make change.
  • The service will operate Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • A trolley arrives approximately every 30 minutes.
  • The schedule for each stop is published below. Please note that times may vary during peak times on the island.
  • The stops include 7 stops downtown, a ride down 25th Street where riders will transfer to the Seawall Trolley, and stops all along the Seawall from Stewart Beach through to Moody Gardens!

Trolley Operations During Mardi Gras!

The Galveston Trolley’s will run their normal routes and schedules for the length of Mardi Gras! with the following adjustments made to accommodate one of the City’s largest special events. The following information outlines the changes to the normal trolley routes between February 2nd through February 13th, 2018:

  • There will be no trolley service on either Saturday during Mardi Gras! 2018 due to the closures needed to accommodate the Seawall parades.
  • There will be an adjusted route that runs along the rim of the event area downtown used on both Friday’s and Sunday’s.
  • Downtown Trolley service will end just prior to the final parade on Fat Tuesday, February 13th.
  • Trolley routes may be adjusted and/or canceled due to deteriorating traffic conditions during the high traffic periods of the celebrations. These announcements will be posted on the City’s social media as well as on the City’s website.

There will also be shuttles provided by the City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau to and from certain hotels. Click here to view the maps.


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Trolley Route:

Trolley runs daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's. 

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ROAD TO RESTORATION

The first rail car trolley arrived at the Gomaco Trolley headquarters in Ida Grove on May 16th, 2017. The remaining two cars awaiting restoration will be headed north within the next few weeks. Restorations to all three rail car trolleys are anticipated to take one year to complete. Gomaco Trolley has been restoring historic trolleys across the United States since 1982. They specialize in craftsmanship and have a passion for bringing these important pieces of our nation’s history back to life. You can follow the Galveston Trolley restoration on their website at: http://www.gomacotrolley.com/Resources/pages/construction.html

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