The Historic Galveston Trolleys Return to the Island

Galveston is excited to announce the return of the Galveston Island Trolley service on weekends beginning October 1.

This will be the first trolley rail service since they were flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008. Three of the four historic trolleys have been beautifully restored and have completed testing for the state and federal certification needed before resuming service to the public.

Beginning Friday, October 1, three trolleys will be running the entire route of the line, which is connected downtown and the Seawall along 25th Street.

The Galveston Island Trolley is a fun and unique way to see historic downtown Galveston.

For the first two weekends of October, the trolleys will be free to ride. After that, the fare will be $1 per person with the trolleys operating.

For now, the trolleys will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trolley Safety

Many residents and visitors are unaccustomed to sharing the road with streetcars. Please stay alert when walking or driving in the trolley area and follow these safety precautions:

While the trolleys are operating, motorists and pedestrians must be vigilant and obey all safety measures along the route.


  • Never cross or run in front of an approaching trolley or between two stopped vehicles.
  • Never chase the trolleys.
  • Wait until traffic stops and look both ways before crossing.
  • Pay attention to the surrounding environment. Trolleys are quiet and cannot stop as quickly as a car.
  • Avoid walking or riding bikes along the trolley tracks.


  • Follow the trolley at a safe distance and be prepared to stop.
  • Streetcars are not able to stop as quickly as vehicles — slow down and use turn signals before making a left or right turn.
  • Check for an approaching streetcar before opening vehicle doors.
  • Do not make a turn from the adjacent lane or center lane in front of the trolley.
  • Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Never stop your vehicle on the tracks.


  • Be sure to park within the line in trolley track areas to avoid having your vehicle sideswiped by a trolley.
  • Stay alert! When exiting your vehicle, check before opening the door.


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