By: Kara Franker
Hop aboard a trolley and explore Miami’s charming neighborhoods.
Not only is traveling by trolley a fun way to explore Miami, in most cases the neighborhood trolley systems are free. We’ll describe each regional trolley service, so you know exactly what to expect and how to get to where you need to go.
Here’s what you need to know about navigating the trolley system in Miami.
City of Miami Trolley
For visitors to Miami, the most popular trolley routes include the loops around Downtown Miami and Brickell, as well as new routes to Wynwood and the Design District. The air-conditioned trolleys are free and run from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, except Sunday. Sometimes the City of Miami expands the schedule for Miami HEAT games, Art Basel and other special events.
Notable stops along the City of Miami trolley routes include:
-Mary Brickell Village (Brickell)
-Brickell Key (Brickell)
-Bayfront Park (Downtown)
-AmericanAirlines Arena (Downtown)
-Museum Park (Downtown)
-Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown)
-Margaret Pace Park (Downtown/Edgewater)
-39th Street (Design District)
-Marlins Stadium (Little Havana)
-Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)
-Miracle Mile (Coral Gables)
Traveler Tip: There are two apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will help you navigate public transportation: the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App.
Miami Beach Trolley
With two routes to choose from, traveling around South Beach via trolley is now easier than ever. The Alton Road/West Avenue loop makes stops along both roads and stretches from 5th Avenue (the popular SoFi neighborhood) to Lincoln Road. There’s also a North Beach loop that makes stops from 65th to 88th streets and west to Normandy Isle. There are also plans to soon add a Mid-Beach loop that would operate along 41st Street and Collins Avenue. The free Miami Beach trolley service runs seven days a week from 8 a.m. until midnight. For maps and a schedule, visit miamibeachfl.gov.
Notable stops along the Miami Beach trolley routes include:
-North Shore Bandshell
-Collins Avenue (coming soon)
Coral Gables Trolley
In Coral Gables, the free runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Gallery Night (the first Friday of the month) until 10 p.m. For Coral Gables trolley line schedule and route, visit coralgables.com.
Notable stops along the Coral Gables trolley route include:
-Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables Shopping District
-Shops at Merrick Park
-Coral Gables Museum
Homestead Trolley to Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park
The City of Homestead and the National Park Service offers a free, ranger-guided trolley service on the weekends. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time, but the trolley usually runs only on the weekends from November through April.
Board the trolley at Losner Park in Homestead at 104 N. Krome Avenue and travel to Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center and boardwalk, as well as Miami-Dade County's Homestead Bayfront Park. The trolley also goes to Everglades National Park's Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and riders enjoy free entrance into the park to visit the Anhinga Trail.
For travelers visiting Doral, one of Miami’s neighborhoods on the west side near the airport, there is a free trolley. Offering three routes, the City of Doral trolley service runs on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. with a modified schedule on weekends. The Doral Trolley Tracker app is a great way to track trolleys and find the latest schedules.
Miami Gardens Trolley
The City of Miami Gardens offers two free trolley routes with stops at Sun Life Stadium, St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens City Hall, among others. The trolley runs daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, visit miamigardens-fl.gov.
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